Mistaken identity exonerates ex-Cowboy Lucky Whitehead

Wednesday, 26 Jul, 2017

Fortunately, Whitehead's story ends pretty well as the receiver and special teams ace was cleared of shoplifting charges in Virginia that popped up Monday afternoon. He failed to report for his July 6th court date, causing a warrant for his arrest to be issued.

Whitehead and his agent maintained his innocent and said that it was a case of mistaken identity, but the Cowboys seemed ready to move on from the troubled receiver.

However, on Tuesday, Prince William County police said they were confident the man charged with the crime had falsely given Whitehead's name when he was arrested. Rookie Ryan Switzer, who the Cowboys took in the fourth round of this year's draft, will likely be auditioning for the snaps Whitehead would have gotten.

It leaves the Cowboys in a super-awkward position after Whitehead told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Monday that he wasn't involved in the alleged incident.

Whitehead later released a statement to CowboysHQ.com, denying that he'd been arrested for shoplifting.

Rapoport reported that he reviewed Whitehead's flight records from the day he was reportedly arrested, with Whitehead flying out of Dulles International Airport in Washington to Dallas only six hours after his arrest.

He made the Cowboys roster in 2015 and has served as a punt and kick returner intermixed with some receiving and running duties.

The department is working with prosecutors to drop the charges against Whitehead.

"Not anxious about sending a message", Jones said. "In fact, there were many other reasons to cut him-reasons we've read you, anointed reporter, in on-and that final reason, the non-existent one, was simply the last straw". A vehicle accident he failed to report to the coaching staff doubled down on Garrett's anger after he discovered the accident based on a deleted Snapchat. Just last week Blitz was allegedly stolen from his home and ransomed.

Whitehead has a court date scheduled for August 10, according to records. When officers arrived, they located the man in the parking lot'. He later tweeted that the dog had been returned safely. Additionally, Whitehead carried the ball 20 times as a rusher for 189 yards.