Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police arrested Derrick Shelby, defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, on Sunday. The 25-year-old was booked on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence early Saturday at approximately 2 a.m. following an incident which occurred at a local club.
In an email, Detective DeAnna Grennlaw said reports came in that the professional football player was creating a disturbance at the CYN nightclub. Both the club’s security staff and Fort Lauderdale police asked him to vacate the club. When he refused to leave, he was arrested.
Shelby’s mug shot was published in local media. The photo shows what appear to be bruises on his left cheek and lower lip. He posted bond and was released at 10:21 a.m. Sunday morning.
Daniel Rosenberg is the attorney for Shelby, who is in his third year with the Dolphins. Rosenberg relayed to the Orlando Sun Sentinel that Shelby is maintaining that he is innocent in the face of what Rosenberg calls “conflicting information about his arrest” which leads him to believe that the injuries to Shelby’s face were caused by police, even though his client had been charged with non-violent resisting arrest. The Palm Beach Post cites a source who claims that there had been no fight inside of the club and that as Shelby was escorted out by police, his face was clear of any injuries. Rosenberg said that his client plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
The Miami Dolphins released a statement in which they said they knew about Shelby’s arrest and were in the process of gathering more information. The police report is due to be released on Monday. The Dolphins are on a bye week and are scheduled for their next game on Sunday. It is not yet known whether Shelby’s availability will be affected by any injuries he received or his arrest. Should Shelby be unavailable to play, the Dolphins have rookie Terrence Fede available to fill in now that he has recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for a month.
Shelby was an undrafted rookie out of the University of Utah when signed by the Dolphins in 2012. He has made steady progress up the organization’s depth chart and ranks as the top reserve defensive lineman. During last season, he was credited with 34 tackles, 23 of which were unassisted. He also recorded two forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks. After teammate Randy Starks suffered a back injury, he played both defensive tackle and defensive end.
Dolphins players have remained clear of legal troubles since the 2012 season training camp, when Chad Johnson, former receiver for the club, had an altercation with his wife, Evelyn Lazado. Johnson was arrested after head-butting Lazado. Following his arrest, the Dolphins released Johnson, who never returned to the NFL.
The arrest of Shelby comes at a time when the NFL is paying close attention to any sort of legal troubles involving its players. The increased scrutiny is a result of the release of a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator earlier this year. The negative reaction, not only to the assault, but also to what has been roundly deemed the insufficient initial reaction of the NFL has caused the league to rethink how it doles out discipline to its players.
By Jennifer Pfalz