NFL training camps are starting and the Dallas Cowboys tumultuous offseason continued on Monday with the released of wide receiver Lucky Whitehead after the kick returner and receiver was linked to an arrest for shoplifting that has been disputed by his agent.
Whitehead said that he did not know about that case in Virginia where he is from, while being escorted from the training facilities practice field by a member of the PR staff following the first walkthrough of practice Monday. The Cowboys released him prior to their full workout held that afternoon.
A police Sergeant from Prince William County said that Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr., who is 25, was arrested June 22 at 1:30 a.m. for taking $40 in food and drinks from an unnamed convenience store.
The sergeant said he could not confirm the man who had been arrested was the player for the Cowboys, but records online matched the name and birthdate. The media guide for Dallas lists Rodney as the given first name of Whitehead.
According to records online, a July 6 court date had been missed that lead to another charge and the next court date is now August 10.
Dave Rich, the agent that represents Whitehead called the incident a case of mistaken identity and he disputed if the arrest had ever been made.
Rich says his client did not arrive in the state of Virginia until over 10 hours after the arrest, suggesting either police had a wrong date or someone else had used Whitehead’s personal information in Manassas, where he had played high school football.
Dallas moved quickly in letting Whitehead go after two of its players had been arrested during the recent offseason.
Nolan Carroll a cornerback was arrested in May for driving while intoxicated and Damien Wilson a linebacker was arrested in July for aggravated assault.
Rookie of the Year and the NFL’s leading rusher last season Ezekiel Elliott was involved last week in a Dallas bar fight, but went unnamed in the report by police.
Randy Gregory and David Irving, two pass rushers for the Cowboys will begin the season suspended, and Wilson and Carroll could join them
The NFL is in its second year investigating Elliott for an alleged domestic incident which puts him at risk of being suspended for the personal conduct policy of the league.
Whitehead arrived late to a walkthrough on a Saturday prior to a game last December in New York and head coach Jason Garrett informed him to not fly with the team. He was involved as well in an automobile accident that Garrett found out about from the media.