This is a worrisome time for NFL teams — the July 4 weekend when a handful of players historically get in trouble just a few weeks before training camps open.
Such might be the case for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Dominique Robertson, an undrafted offensive guard out of Division II West Georgia, who reportedly was shot early Thursday morning and later detained by police, according to a report in the Press Enterprise.
Robertson, 21, was hospitalized in Loma Linda, Calif. with gunshot wounds and was released Friday night. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies detained him for questioning, according to Robertson’s mother, but would not confirm his identity or why he was being questioned.
Robertson’s attorney, Zulu Ali, said his client was questioned without legal representation and that his client’s Sixth Amendment rights might have been violated.
“We just basically know that he was obviously a victim of a shooting and they came and they took him directly out of the hospital,” Ali said.
The extent of Robertson’s wounds were unclear. He told authorities he was shot outside an apartment complex, but police found no evidence of a crime and area residents reportedly heard no gunshots.
The Bucs responded to the incident with this statement:
Here's full Bucs statement on rookie guard Dominique Robertson, who was shot twice in leg Thursday in California. pic.twitter.com/ERLQYRiHRH
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 2, 2016
One year ago, the Bucs learned that one of their players, C.J. Wilson, had suffered a fireworks-related injury over July 4 weekend, like the New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul had. Wilson since has retired from football.
Robertson transferred to West Georgia from Texas Tech in 2014 after two years at Riverside (Calif.) Community College. At West Georgia, Robertson was arrested in 2015 for felony obstruction and simple assault and battery. Although he was invited to the NFL scouting combine, Robertson was not picked in the 2016 draft.
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