Looks like Aaron Hernandez isn’t the only NFL player to be in serious legal trouble. Cleveland Browns rookie Ausar Walcott has been charged with first-degree attempted murder for an incident outside a nightclub in Passaic, New Jersey on Sunday night. The sporting world has been focused on the Hernandez investigation, but Walcott has actually been charged with attempted murder, something that has not happened as of this writing in the Hernandez investigation.
Allegedly Ausar Walcott punched 24 year old Derrick Jones outside of The Palace Gentleman’s Club in Passaic, New Jersey. Derrick Jones, a resident of New York City, is reportedly still in critical condition as a result of blow to the head. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. right after the bar closed for the night.
After being identified as a suspect, the Browns rookie Ausar Walcott turned himself into police custody on Tuesday. He has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and is being held on a $500,000 bail. There is no word yet as to whether or not he has a defense lawyer.
He is also being charged with second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns last month, being charged with murder before ever taking the field is not what lineback Ausar Walcott, or the Browns organization could have had in mind. In a statement released by the team earlier today, they were brief, stating that they are “aware of the situation.”
A star defensive lineman while at Virginia, Walcott was no stranger to legal troubles early in his collegiate career. In January 2011, he was one of three Virginia Cavaliers to be charged with assault, battery and burglary during a fight at a party at James Madison University.
After that incident he was suspended indefinitely from the program, but given a second chance after the charges were dropped. Prior to this incident he had appeared to have turned a corner and taken advantage of the second chance he was given by the school.
Virginia Head Coach Mike London seemed to think that the second chance had paid off, describing the progress made in a statement in September. “He’s had issues here, but I’m so proud of him that he’s kind of turned his life around in terms of being that model . . . of doing well in class, of doing the things he’s supposed to do, wanting to learn how to play football, being accountable to his teammates. He’s made tremendous strides in that area.”
Although Hernandez and his own homicide investigation have taken the headlines, he is not the only football player currently in hot water as a result of a murder investigation. Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott has turned himself in after becoming a suspect in a first-degree attempted murder investigation following an altercation outside a New Jersey bar.
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