On Saturday morning, Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested on three charges of simple assault for an incident in which he allegedly brandished a firearm. It is Berry's second arrest in less than a month, the seventh arrest of a Lions player since the 2012 offseason began, and the 29th police incident involving an NFL player since the confetti came down on Super Bowl XVLI on the evening of Feb. 5.
"We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry," the team said in a statement that it should be able to copy/paste and find/replace in Word by this point. "We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate."
The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, who first reported the news, was told that Berry was taken into custody at around 2:30 a.m. ET, and was no longer at the holding facility when the conversation took place.
"Obviously, I'm limited in what I can provide because it's a pending investigation," Birkett was told by an individual at the Harrisburg Police Department identifying himself as Cpl. Gautsch (Birkett noted that a Cpl. Kyle Gautsch works for the department.) "It looks like he was charged with three counts of simple assault and there was a firearm involved. Any other information would have to be disclosed by our press-release guy."
Berry was also arrested last month on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and other charges, after witnesses claimed that his BMW hit two parked cars. On Friday, Berry entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. Under the agreement, he is to perform 20-40 hours of community service in a six-month period and submit to an alcohol evaluation.
Obviously, circumstances have changed. According to Pro Football Talk, Berry may have pointed a gun at group of people from inside a car.
"He's talking [sic] responsibility," Berry's attorney, Corky Goldstein, said on Friday. "His insurance is taking care of any damage to his car and damage to the two unattended cars, so that'll be taken care of. And he'll get into that ARD program probably sometime in January because they're so backed up and he'll be in that for six months."
In addition to Berry's two arrests, the Lions have also had to deal with running back Mikel Leshoure's two marijuana arrests, defensive tackle Nick Fairley's arrests for marijuana possession and DUI, and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath's marijuana possession charge.
Lions rookies and injured players are scheduled to report to the team facility on Monday, and the team's training camp begins on Friday, July 27.
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