Ausar Walcott has been cut by the Cleveland Browns after he was arrested for an attempted murder on Tuesday. The rookie linebacker was arrested for allegedly punching a man outside of a New Jersey club.
The victim is still in critical condition in the hospital and Walcott has now been released by the Browns due to his off-the-field issues. The team originally signed the 23-year-old as an undrafted free agent on May 13.
A product of the University of Virginia, Walcott is now facing multiple offenses outside of his first-degree attempted murder charge. Salvatore Bellomo, a senior assistant prosecutor, said Walcott is also being charged with second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim.
The Browns announced their decision to cut the linebacker on Wednesday, though they didn’t get into detail on the team website. The rookie may never see the field in the NFL due to his recent arrest, which isn’t his first.
Ausar Walcott also faced charges in January of 2011 at Virginia for assault and battery from a fight. The university suspended him from the team but he was later reinstated after his charges from the fight were dropped.
His most recent incident makes for two of the Browns’ players who’ve been arrested in the recent past as draft-pick Armonty Bryant was charged with drunken driving in Oklahoma in April. The defensive end is still with the team and isn’t expected to be let go as he tries to work out his off-the-field issues as well.
Walcott, on the other hand, may be at the end of his NFL career before it even started. In 45 games with the Virginia Cavaliers during his college days, Walcott finished with 128 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery.
He played a pivotal role with the team before signing with the Browns after he left Virginia. Do you believe Ausar Walcott has put his NFL career in jeopardy after being arrested for multiple charges on Tuesday?