It was an interesting, and perhaps incarcerating pair of experiences for NFL players. Brandon Browner and Brandon Pettigrew may have the distinct pleasure of experiencing prison food sometime in their near future.
National Football League free agent Brandon Pettigrew was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly punched a police officer several times.
Pettigrew, a former Detroit Lions tight end, began arguing with a limousine driver outside the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh at approximately 3 a.m. on July 9, after he refused to pay the driver his due fare, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The driver ran inside the hotel lobby to get away from the irate football player and contacted police.
Officers responded to the scene and told the driver that he would have to recoup the $97 fare through the court.
They then made contact with Pettigrew, 33, who was visibly intoxicated and having difficulty standing, police said.
He refused to identify himself and declared he was aware of his constitutional rights, then began “aggressively arguing” with police as he repeatedly moved closer towards them.
As the situation escalated, Pettigrew punched Pittsburgh Police Officer Patrick Fornadel three times in his chest, court documents said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Officers drew their Tasers and commanded Pettigrew to step back, and were able to place the irate man into handcuffs without deploying the devices.
Police said he initially refused to get into the patrol vehicle, but eventually complied, KDKA reported.
According to the criminal complaint, the altercation was captured by officers’ bodycams, and the footage will be made available to the court, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
When he arrived at the Allegheny County Jail, Pettigrew refused to comply with staff members’ commands, so he was placed into a restraint chair.
Pettigrew was charged with theft of services, public drunkenness, and two counts of aggravated assault.
His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 18.
It wasn’t Pettigrew’s first drunken run-in with police.
According to the NFL, while playing for Oklahoma State University in 2008, he was arrested for felony assault and battery of a police officer and misdemeanor public intoxication outside a bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and was given one year of probation.
In 2017, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Oklahoma following a fight with two men outside a bar, and refused at least 25 police commands to leave the area, The Oklahoman reported.
As well, a former National Football League (NFL) player was arrested for kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order on Sunday afternoon.
La Verne police responded to a call at about 10:07 a.m. on Sunday morning for a man who broke into a residence through a window, KNBC reported.
The intruder was identified as 33-year-old Brandon Browner, a former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots Super Bowl winner.
Police said Browner allegedly broke into the home of a former girlfriend through a locked window, and forced the victim back into the house when she tried to escape, according to KNBC-TV.
He had already been arrested for domestic violence against the same woman earlier this year, and had been given a restraining order to keep him away from her, Sports Illustrated reported.
The La Verne Police Department said Browner “allegedly physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim inside the residence,” CBS Sports reported.
The former Pro Bowl player left the scene before police arrived, but was accused of stealing a $20,000 Rolex watch from the woman before he fled.
The police found Browner on Sunday and took him into custody on several felony charges.
Browner, a Los Angeles native, has a lengthy history of legal problems, according to Sports Illustrated.
In May, he was arrested for battery and child endangerment, pleaded no contest to the charges, and was sentenced to probation, according to TMZ.
But shortly after his conviction, the court discovered Browner had violated his probation from a previous case with the new charges, and was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, TMZ reported.
He was released after just two days because of overcrowding in the jail.
“Anyone sentenced to 180 days or less for a non-serious offense is immediately released due to continuing overcrowding,” a Los Angeles sheriff’s department representative told TMZ.
Browner was also arrested by La Verne police in May of 2017 for possession and being under the influence of cocaine, according to TMZ.
The two-time Super Bowl champion has made an estimated $13.1 million over his five-year NFL career.
Browner played college football at Oregon State, and then went to play for the Denver Broncos. But he was injured before he had a chance to play for the team.
He spent four seasons in the Canadian Football League playing for the Calgary Stampeders before he returned to play for the Seattle Seahawks, where he had a career high of six interceptions in his first season, and made the Pro Bowl.
Browner went to the New England Patriots the next year and won another Super Bowl ring, making him one of the few players in recent history to win back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams, according to CBS Sports.
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