This story has it all: a potential case of mistaken identity, a Dallas Cowboys receiver in trouble, an arrest, and hopefully a Wawa iced tea.
Yes, another Dallas Cowboys player found himself in hot water this week -- or perhaps to be more accurate we should say former Cowboys player. WR Lucky Whitehead was cut from the Cowboys on Monday after reports of his arrest for shoplifting reached the team.
Of importance to Eagles fans: he reportedly shoplifted from a Wawa store in Virginia.
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But that's not the strangest part of it. Whitehead is attempting to claim it wasn't him.
Whitehead said he "didn't know about" the case in his home state of Virginia as he was escorted off the field by a member of the Cowboys' public relations staff after the first morning walkthrough practice Monday morning. He was released before the full workout in the afternoon.
Prince William County Police Sgt. Jonathan Perok said 25-year-old Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr. was arrested around 1:30 a.m. June 22 for taking about $40 worth of food and drink from a convenience store.
Perok said he couldn't confirm that the man arrested was the Dallas receiver, but online records matched his name and birthdate. The Cowboys' media guide lists Whitehead's given first name of Rodney.
According to online records, a court date was missed July 6, leading to another charge. Another court date was set for Aug. 10.
Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, called it a case of mistaken identity and disputed whether an arrest was made.
Rich said his client didn't arrive in Virginia until about 10 hours after the reported arrest, suggesting that either police had the wrong date on the report or that someone used Whitehead's name and address in Manassas, Virginia, where he played high school football.
The Cowboys moved swiftly in releasing Whitehead after two defensive players were arrested during the offseason.
Let this be a lesson to us all: always pay for that late-night shortie.