February 15, 2011
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee(notes) didn't have a great weekend, unless he'd been wondering what it's like to ride in an Indianapolis police car at 3 a.m. The San Diego Union-Tribune has the details of Naanee's arrest.
According to police, Naanee came across an active crime scene at about 3:20 a.m. and was told he would have to turn around or go in another direction. Naanee, who according to police had a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about his breath or person,” asked the officer why he was being “such an (expletive).”
The police officer said after several attempts to get Naanee to leave the scene failed, he told Naanee he was under arrest. Naanee “actively began to pull away” and the officer used pepper spray but Naanee continued to resist.
Eventually he was handcuffed and as he was being walked to the police car, Naanee said, according to police, “Do you know who I am? I am an NFL player and I’m going to sue your ass.”
So that's what police say. Naanee hasn't said anything, and the Union-Tribune's call to Naanee's agent went unreturned.
If the police report is accurate (and that's less of a given than it would be in a perfect world), what I don't understand is why a drunk man would refuse to leave a crime scene in an Indianapolis street at 3:20 a.m. Does that sound like a fun place to be? Is that an ideal situation for you if you're hammered?
If a guy won't leave a party or a bar, that, I can halfway understand. But early morning crime scenes are not where all the cool kids are hanging out.
Naanee, should free agency exist this summer, was likely going to be a part of it. His time as a Charger was probably over before this, and almost certainly is now.
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