Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami on Sunday morning (March 29). Dixon, a New Orleans Saints cornerback, had reportedly been pulled over for traffic violations. As revealed by ESPN, he had been traveling down the center line of the road and had swerved in front of a car. He was pulled over and it was then that police state he was belligerent and antagonistic to officers. The officers also quoted what Dixon allegedly said at the scene.
“You’re seriously going to give me a ticket for that? I’m making a U-turn! You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal!”
In addition to being arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence to his person, Brian Dixon was given two traffic citations. ESPN relayed the information that those citations are for operating between lane/vehicle and driving on wrong side/lane of roadway. He was released after posting a $1,000 bail. Now, the NFL will be looking into the incident and it is likely that the New Orleans Saints will be doing the same.
During the 2014 NFL season, Brian Dixon played in all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints. He made 18 tackles, deflected one pass, and forced a fumble. He didn’t post any interceptions during his first season with the Saints, but it looked like Dixon was ready to take on a larger role during the 2015 NFL season.
It was revealed by ESPN during the signing of free agent Brandon Browner that the Saints could be looking for a bigger contribution from Dixon moving forward. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Browner had decided to leave the New England Patriots after one season with the team, opening him up to sign with a team needing size on defense. With the big receivers currently in the NFC South, Browner made sense for the team, which in turn would have made it easier for a player like Dixon to really step up.
The NFL will likely wait to weigh in on this situation until after the courts have decided on how to proceed. Another player getting arrested could serve as an additional black eye for the league, especially if Miami decides to move forward with the charge against him. It’s possible that the New Orleans Saints could consider releasing Brian Dixon, as well. That could all be determined based on what he has to say about the incident and whether he sticks with his claim that the arrest was racially motivated.
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