Indianapolis Colts rookie John Boyett apparently tried to play the equivalent of the “don’t you know who I am” card on Labor Day, but it didn’t go so well for him.
The team cut him from the team today, the day after he was arrested on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. Boyett, a safety, was a sixth round draft choice from Oregon. He had been on the reserve/non-football injury list recovering from a knee issue.
When police tried to take him into custody, he allegedly said over and over, “You can’t arrest me; I’m a Colts player.” He also threatened to come back and break the jaw of one of the officers.
The Indianapolis Star reports the incident occurred at Tiki Bob’s bar about 2:45 am where it took four officers to subdue Boyett; the police report noted that “Mr. Boyett had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person, his speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy, and he had a very abusive behavior toward everyone.”
According to CBS Sports, Boyett, 23, “was upset that he was not allowed into a downtown [Indianapolis] nightclub because he had had too much to drink.”
Boyett started 35 games for the Oregon Ducks and finished his college career with 278 tackles (182 solo), 30 passes defensed, and 10 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Colts website mentioned that the player had been waived but so far has made no additional comment.
Boyett subsequently apologized on Twitter to the Colts organization and the Indianapolis police for the incident: “The Colts gave me an opportunity and I blew it. My behavior didn’t and doesn’t represent who I am. I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself. All I can do now is learn from it and never repeat it. I look forward to showing my true character in the future.”