NFL offseason player arrests
Notable NFL players who have been arrested during the 2012 offseason.
The Seahawks' defensive lineman was arrested by police in Atlanta for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana on Feb. 27. According to a statement from authorities, Hill was arrested after officers were called to an Atlanta condominium following a complaint about a marijuana odor. Officers say they confirmed the smell, obtained a search warrant and found partially smoked blunts and marijuana residue inside.
The Lions' defensive tackle was first arrested in Mobile, Ala., on a marijuana possession charge on April 3. Mobile police spokeswoman Ashley Rains said Fairley was arrested after residents called to complain that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a neighborhood. Fairley was arrested again on May 27 on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police after he passed a state trooper going 100 MPH. Fairley had just one sack in his rookie season.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving following his April 7 arrest during a traffic stop on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The Miami Dolphins linebacker was arrested on a warrant from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on charges stemming from a bar fight on April 15, 2011. The charges include battery with serious bodily harm.
The 28-year old Redskins safety was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after failing a breathalyzer test outside of Washington on April 26. Meriweather recently signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Redskins.
The Jaguars' first-round draft pick was busted for aggravated DUI on June 3 after authorities said he had three-times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The receiver was previously arrested for a misdemeanor DUI charge in Texas in 2010 while at Oklahoma St.
The Lions' cornerback was arrested around 4 a.m. on June 23 after slamming his vehicle into parked cars and attempting to flee from police while in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Berry became the sixth Lion to be arrested during the offseason. He was later arrested again on July 21, 2012, and shortly after cut by the Lions.
The Giants' offensive lineman was busted for DWI in Queens after crashing his BMW into parked cars on June 10. His alcohol level was allegedly two times the legal limit. If convicted, the two-time Super Bowl champion faces up to one year in prison.
The newly-inked Bucs' cornerback was arrested on July 2 in Los Angeles for suspicion of driving under the influence after police say he was involved in a crash near the Staples Center. He has 13 interceptions in his five-year career, including four seasons with the Browns.
The Vikings star running back was arrested and charged with resisting arrest after allegedly pushing an off-duty police officer who was working security at a night club on July 7 in Houston. Peterson has since hired Rusty Hardin, the attorney who represented Roger Clemens in his recent perjury case, to defend him. Peterson rushed for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011 before suffering a season-ending left ACL tear on Dec. 24.
The Seahawks' running back, who just inked a four-year, $31 million contract in March, was arrested for driving under the influence on July 14. Lynch's SUV was seen weaving on an Oakland-area highway early Saturday morning which led to the arrest. Previously, Lynch pleaded guilty to a 2009 misdemeanor gun charge in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 80 hours community service, three years' probation and was suspended for three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The Broncos defensive end was arrested and charged with aggravated assault following a road rage incident in South Beach. A police report said Dumervil and his passenger, Andy Aguste, were struck in traffic on July 15. The report said they got into an argument with another driver, Kristine Ramirez, and the two men displayed weapons. Both Dumervil and Aguste were arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The oft-troubled Cowboys' wide receiver was arrested on July 16 for a misdemeanor domestic assault charge after allegedly pushing his mother while arguing with his half-brother at their Dallas home. Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member. The charge is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and one-year in jail. Although this is his first arrest, Bryant has had multiple altercations with the police, including getting kicked out of a Dallas-area mall for offensive behavior.
Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was charged with driving under the influence early in the morning on July 20. The incident is Britt's eighth involving police since he was drafted.