The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man in the head outside a club in northern New Jersey.
Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The linebacker was signed by the Browns May 13 following a tryout. The team announced his release Wednesday.
Walcott, 23, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, said Salvatore Bellomo, a senior assistant prosecutor. He said the complaint alleges Walcott punched a man in the head. The Record newspaper said the Hackensack, N.J., native and former University of Virginia player struck 24-year-old Derrick Jones just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed. Police told the newspaper that Jones, who is from New York City, was critically injured. Walcott was being held on $500,000 bail. It’s not clear if he has a defense lawyer.
His release came on day after the AFC’s rookies visited the Browns’ facility as part of the NFL’s Rookie Symposium, four days of seminars and meetings designed to prepare the drafted first-year players for life as a professional on and off the field.
Lawsuit dismissed against Denver CB: A Denver judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox of sexual assault.
Court documents show the case was dismissed last week at both parties’ request, with no one admitting fault.
Attorneys for both sides mentioned a confidential agreement reached outside of court in declining to comment Wednesday.
The woman had sued after jurors acquitted Cox of criminal charges alleging he sexually assaulted the woman at his apartment in 2010 after a night of partying. She remembered little of what happened but became pregnant, and prosecutors said DNA tests indicated Cox was the father.
Colts WR suspended: Colts receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Neither the Colts nor the league said what Brazill tested positive for. He will be eligible to return to the active roster following Indy’s game Sept. 29 against Jacksonville, though he will be eligible to practice at training camp and will be able to play in all four preseason games.
A team spokesman said the team would not comment on the suspension.