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NFL News: Browns’ draft pick Armonty Bryant arrested on DUI charges

Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick Armonty Bryant was arrested Friday morning in Ada, Oklahoma, and charged with driving under the influence, according to a police report.

The Ada News reports that Bryant was pulled over late Friday night and refused a breathalyzer. The arresting officer reported smelling alcohol on Bryant’s breath and asked him to step out of the vehicle. When asked if he’d had anything to drink, the report said Bryant initially denied it. The officer administered sobriety tests at the scene and said Bryant reportedly had difficulty with several of the steps. Bryant then admitted to having “a few drinks earlier in the evening.”

The officer claimed that, after 10 attempts at administering a breathalyzer, Bryant just “puffed his cheeks and acted like he was blowing into the Intoxilyzer.”

Jail records show Bryant had posted his $500 bail and was checked out of the Justice Center at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

On the third day of the 2013 draft, the Browns drafted Bryant in the seventh round (No. 217 overall) despite his off-field baggage. Bryant was suspended for three games in 2012 after being arrested on the practice field in October due to charges of selling $20 of marijuana twice to an undercover officer. Following his selection, Bryant said he was grateful for the Browns taking a chance on him and vowed to stay out of trouble.

“Now that I’ve gotten that second chance, I feel like I won’t let anyone down,” said Bryant. “I won’t let myself, the people around me or the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them for taking this chance on me.”

An athletic defensive end, Bryant was largely considered a low-risk selection with a high potential reward if he were to stay focused.

“We are aware of the incident and are now in the process of collecting more information,” Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said in a statement. “We will not have any further comment.”

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  • dan

    Shoulda traded the pick for a sixth founder in 2014.

  • MrCleaveland

    With a nod to Sam Wyche, Hey Browns players, you’re in CLEVELAND, you’re not in CINCINNATI!

  • dan

    Rounder! Curse you, iPhone keyboard!

  • JHop

    That pick should’ve been a FB. Still befuddles me that we didn’t pick up a quality FB at any point in the draft or as an UDFA.

  • RGB

    Imagine that.

  • mgbode

    it sounds like he might have enough ammo on this to get it dropped (he did signal, just not until he was stopped at the stop-sign and that was the only reason listed to get pulled over). regardless, it was stupid for him to drink anything and then drive. especially considering he was coming into the league without a guaranteed roster spot and a checkered past.

  • Harv 21

    hey, at least he wasn’t selling bootleg to an undercover ATF agent at minicamp.

    #babysteps

  • Harv 21

    hey, Jeremiah Pharms screwed up worse before he signed his contract and he was 5th rounder.

    #nottheworstpickever

  • Harv 21

    perfect

  • sean

    It is required to signal 100ft in advance of a turn. F-tards that fail to do this cause many accidents and kill bikers and pedestrians. No ammo for him.

  • humboldt

    Can you imagine the Joe Banner face that Joe Banner made upon hearing this news?

  • Porkchop

    Bikers who hate having to put their feet on the ground and roll stop signs and lights kill far more bikers than non signal using motorists.

  • Porkchop

    Lucky this year the “character” rounds – as designated by consensus vote among the big 4 were 1,4, and 5. Anyone drafted in any other round could have run the dirtiest brothel in Bartertown and been alright.

  • Porkchop

    Yer dead right about the rightness of the stop though.

  • Natedawg86

    Must have drank a looooooooot…. Sigh idiot

  • Harv 21

    can’t adequately express my appreciation for the idea of designated character rounds. Maybe the other rounds can have a graduated crime category – second round for misdemeanors only, followed by third round felony 4th/5th degree, etc. Seventh round is where you can really boom or bust, in more ways than one.

  • BenRM

    Much ado about nothing. The guy was a 7th rounder. 7th rounders are wholly inconsequential and hitting on one shows you’re lucky, not good.

    They took a flyer on a talented guy with character problems. If it works, he’s the next Vontaze Burfict, and the Browns FO is “amazing” in the media’s eyes. If it doesn’t work, it’s a non-story because it didn’t matter anyway.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Shoulda drafted the Honey Badger!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Yikes, missed this one somehow. Pace yourself, Armonty, it’s only a week and a half since the draft and there’s plenty more offseason ahead.

  • Harv 21

    sure, no one expected a pro bowler. The ado is about the short number of hours elapsed between the draft, when the FO pronounced itself satisfied that he turned a corner and his promise that he would return the team’s trust with good behavior, and the arrest. It’s the humor, not the football.

  • BenRM

    But what are they supposed to say? Once you accept that all you’ll ever get from front offices is execu-speak, and you stop treating anything they say as “true,” being a fan becomes much more simple.

  • Harv 21

    “We’re aware of his issues. We’ve spoken to him and his coaches. We think he has the talent to play at this level. Now it’s up to him.”

    There’s no benefit to vouching for him before he’s set foot in Berea, before you know the kid.

  • BenRM

    Likewise, when asked about his character, there’s no benefit to saying, “I dunno. We took a risk. The kid might be a complete screw up. I guess we’ll see.”

    That will never happen.

  • Harv 21

    no, there’s no benefit to saying it that way. You say “it’s up to him.” And you can do that with a 7th rounder who’s not, as you suggested, likely to make the team. You know what you can know and put the rest on the kid. But you can only do that when the investment was minimal and the crime non-violent.

    Again, your original question was about the ado. The ado was the humor in the timing between the draft, the assurances and the arrest. Or you cann focus just on the kid’s statements alone, with his arrest shortly following. Good stuff.

  • Jaker

    Brad. Smelley… Boom.