CLEVELAND, O.H. - Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte Whitner was arrested around3am Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio.
Police in Cleveland have confirmed that the 23-year-old footballplayer was arrested by off-duty police officers outside the Houseof Blues in Cleveland. He was arrested for aggravateddisorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Whitner has not beenformally charged and has been released from the Cleveland CityJail.
Police in Cleveland say they were outside the House of Bluesattempting to quell a near riot. Whitner allegedly attemptedenter an area where numerous fights were occuring. Officerssay that he began swinging his arms in a violent manner when policetried to restrain him then broke free and took a fightingstance. Officials say an officer had to deploy histaser so that officers could put Whitner in handcuffs.
Whitner spoke to News 4's affiliate in Cleveland and said heshouldn't have been tasered and that the truth will come out. He has been advised by his attorney not to make any comments to themedia.
News 4 contacted the Bills and received a statement from theVice President of Communications Scott Berchtold saying "we areaware of the report. At the present time we are attempting togather all of the facts and will defer comment until that processis completed".
Whitner was drafted by the Bills with the team’s firstpick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was the first player taken bythe Bills from the Ohio State University since the team drafted TimAnderson in 2004.
He is the third Bill's player who has been in trouble with thelaw. The NFL recently announced running back Marshawn Lynchwill miss the first three regular 2009 season games after pleadingguilty to a misdemenor in March. Ko Simpson, also a defensiveback has been arrested this off-season.
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