Two NFL players arrested for trespass in separate incidents

Mon Oct 6, 2014 8:34am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Minneapolis arrested two professional football players on trespassing and other charges, authorities and local media reported Sunday.

The arrests of Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby and Minnesota Vikings tackle Tom Johnson came as the National Football League has come under nationwide scrutiny following a domestic violence incident involving one of its players.

In Fort Lauderdale, Shelby, 25, was charged with trespass and resisting arrest without violence after an apparent incident at a local nightclub, police said.

Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said Shelby was reportedly causing a disturbance at the club at around 2 a.m. on Saturday.

"Security officers employed at this establishment and uniformed Fort Lauderdale police officers asked Shelby to leave the establishment and he refused. He was subsequently taken into custody," Greenlaw said in an email.

A booking photo published by local media showed the third-year Dolphins player with apparent bruises on his lower lip and left cheek.

Shelby's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg, said the player maintains his innocence. "There's a lot of conflicting information about his arrest," he told the Orlando Sun Sentinel newspaper.

In a brief statement, the Miami Dolphins said they were aware of the reports about Shelby and were gathering information.

In Minneapolis, Johnson was arrested in the early hours of Sunday for disorderly conduct and trespass, local media and online jail records showed.   Continued...

 
Miami Dolphins Derrick Shelby (79) grabs Dallas Cowboys quarterback Nick Stephens (R) around the neck for a sack as he is blocked by Cowboys Edawn Coughman (L) during the first quarter of the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio August 4, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczk