An Offseason to Forget

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Dallas Cowboys have been making the news in all the wrong ways in the last few weeks.

The most recent news is that Cowboys wide-receiver Lucky Whitehead has a warrant issued for his arrest after failing to appear in court after he was charged with petit larceny under $200. According to TMZ, an employee at a convenience store in Virginia called police to report a man who walked out of the store without paying. After police investigated the situation, Whitehead was charged and then released on a court summons. Whitehead failed to appear to his July 6 court date, which is why he was issued a warrant for failure to appear in court. Whitehead was already a long shot to make the Cowboys roster after they drafted speedy WR Ryan Switzer and this news doesn’t help his case.

One of the biggest stories this offseason is Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was allegedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar last Sunday night. Police responded to a call at Clutch Bar because a man said he was physically assaulted by an unnamed man. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. TMZ reported that the man told police that he didn’t know who assaulted him, but his friend told police that it was “that Dallas Cowboys running back.” This coming after an incident in March when Elliot pulled a lady’s shirt down and exposed her breasts at a St. Patrick’s Day party in Dallas. These incidents happened while the NFL was still investigating Elliot for alleged domestic violence while he was still at Ohio State.

The Cowboys have also had incidents with Terrance Williams, Jourdan Lewis, David Irving, Nolan Carroll and Damien Wilson this offseason. Williams made news when a video emerged of him engaging in a foot race in the parking lot of a Dallas strip club, while this isn’t illegal, it’s still not a good look. The Cowboys drafted Lewis in the 3rd round of this year’s draft knowing that he was surrounded by a domestic violence allegation, which he plead not guilty to. David Irving was suspended by the NFL for the first 4 games of the season for unknowingly violating the league’s PED policy and Carroll was arrested for a DWI when police saw him driving on the wrong side of the road. The craziest story by far is Damien Wilson who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the Police Report, Wilson intentionally backed his car into a woman while parking at Frisco’s Freedom Fest and then he waved a rifle at a man.

The Cowboys are aware of all these incidents and Owner Jerry Jones said at a press conference recently that he believes the “risk is worth the reward” when taking chances on players.


EDITORIAL NOTE: As of this afternoon, Lucky Whitehead has been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Though Whitehead and his agent maintain the arrest was a case of mistaken identity, Whitehead’s absence in court essentially forfeits the right to clear his name. And, following so many other off-the-field issues for Dallas, who has led the league in suspensions the past three years, an example had to be made. Whitehead’s job, however, was already siginificantly in doubt with the drafting of 4th round punt return specialist and slot receiver, Ryan Switzer.

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