Fortunately it was a slow news day on this July 4th holiday but there’s still some NFL players in trouble.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns’ defensive lineman Kiante Tripp had been arrested and charged with burglary in Atlanta.
According to Atlanta’s Fox 5 News, Tripp and two other people allegedly threatened others in an apartment and started messing up it up before leaving. The police had said the three had been seeking out a man who had allegedly taken money from them. Neighbors said that Tripp and his two associates had guns with them on their search.
Just to add a little more trouble, one of the three had been charged with the possession of marijuana, reported CBS Sports.
The Cleveland Browns’ general manager Tom Hecker said, as noted by Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We are aware of the incident involving Kiante Tripp. We are currently gathering information related to it, and will not have any further comment at this time.”
Tripp joined the Browns practice squad last September and eventually moved to the active roster; in the three games that he played, he had one tackle.
But perhaps this is a more interesting story, this second one.
Awaiting a new murder trial after his April 18 hung jury, former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith has now been charged with three more murders.
According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, on Monday, authorities filed new charges against him.
Smith’s lawyer had an interesting response to the news: “This came as quite a surprise.” This new information came just 45 minutes prior to the selection for a new jury reported PFT.
All of this began when Smith had been charged with the October 2008 murder of Maurilio Ponce. Now, new evidence has the former NFL player also killing Kevin and Ricky Nettles in November 1999 and the June 2001 murder of Dennis Henderson.
The indictment has alleged “special circumstances” or the infliction of torture and multiple murders; this has deemed Smith as a potential death penalty candidate.
While this sounds a lot for anyone, it’s not Smith’s first brush with the legal system. In 2003, he had an arson charge that caused $4 million in damage to a furniture store. The case had been dismissed thanks to juries not reaching unanimous verdicts.
As for his NFL career, Smith was with the Raiders for seven seasons; he played in 98 games with 43 starts.
With his recent troubles, Smith has dodged a few bullets. Will his luck continue?