Ausar Walcott, Cleveland Browns Rookie, Charged With Attempted Murder
Ausar Walcott, the rookie Cleveland Browns linebacker, was charged with the attempted murder of Derrick Jones after punching him in the head outside a New Jersey strip club, reported Fox Sports.
Walcott was identified as a suspect in the incident that took place in the parking lot of The Palace Gentlemen’s club at 3 a.m. on Sunday, leaving Jones, 24, critically injured. On Tuesday, the athlete turned himself in to Passaic police. In addition to the first-degree attempted murder charge, Walcott also faces a second-degree aggravated assault charge and a third-degree endangering an injured victim charge.
The Browns, who just signed Walcott on May 13 following a tryout, released him from their roster on Wednesday. Walcott did not need to attend the NFL rookie symposium that was held in Cleveland this week, as he was not drafted. At the event, rookies listened to seminars to inform them about how to conduct themselves as NFL players. During the symposium, current and former players relayed cautionary tales of getting into trouble while playing in the league.
Wallcott, a former University of Virginia player, is the second Browns rookie to get into trouble with the law this year. Armonty Bryant, a seventh-round pick, was arrested for drunken driving a week after his signing with the Cleveland franchise.