NFL News: Browns rookie Walcott charged with attempted murder

Ausar WalcottCleveland Browns rookie outside linebacker Ausar Walcott has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an altercation outside of a Passaic, New Jersey bar.

The New Jersey Record reports that Walcott, 23, punched the man in the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club on Main Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday. The victim, 24-year-old Derrick Jones, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

From 2009 through 2012, Walcott played linebacker and defensive end for the University of Virginia. He was suspended from the University of Virginia football team two years ago after he and two teammates were arrested following an altercation on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, Va. He was reinstated after the charges against him were dismissed, according to news reports published at the time.

This news comes during what has been a shaky (from a legal standpoint) offseason for the Browns, including arrests of rookie defensvie end Armonty Bryant (DUI) and veteran outside linebacker Quentin Groves (soictation of prostitutes), as well as the two-game suspension of wide receiver Josh Gordon (substance abuse). Running back Trent Richardson was named in a lawusuit, but recent reports state that no charges will be filed.

The Browns issued a one-line press release on the matter stating that the team was “aware of the situation.”

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  • architrance

    Seems more than a bit harsh – first degree attempted murder for punching someone??? Yikes.

  • This is a lesson for anyone who thinks it’s no big deal to get into a bar fight. A fight is just a fight until someone gets really hurt. I hate to sound like everyone’s stereotypical mother, but if you embrace violence as a solution to problems you are opening yourself up to situations like this.

    I feel like I just wrote the most obvious thing ever just now.

  • Natedawg86

    Kids and young adults act first and think later. I will try my best to engrain in my kids to weigh risks vs rewards before making a decision. If this simple mental exercise is done, one would think a lot of bad decisions could be avoided.

  • Harv 21

    Early trend seems to be Lombardi/Banner using late rounders and FAs to swing for the fences: the physically gifted with behavioral or injury red flags. As opposed to the undersized or slow-timed productive ballers who most assume can’t cut it at this level.

    Speaking of erring the other way, anyone else see that Brian Robiskie was cut again, this time by Detroit?

  • Natedawg86

    I have seen people charged with Felonies for getting in a fight and breaking someones jaw.

  • Hopwin

    I did see the Robiskie thing which prompted me to check on MoMass for some reason. Turns out he is in Jacksonville where Northcutt and Robiskie both stopped on their way out of the league which has given me a theory.

    Arizona: Where Cleveland QBs go to die.
    Jacksonville: Where Cleveland WRs go to die.

  • BenRM

    The facts at this point are obviously limited…but 1st Degree Murder? Good luck with that case.

  • dwhit110

    Also Kevin Johnson was in Jax for a year too!

  • dwhit110

    Attempted murder.

    I’m not a legal professional, but I’ve watched enough law and order to know that it doesn’t get into degrees unless someone actually does die.

  • Harv 21

    Cleveland: where Genuwine Football Experts go to die. After passing Go and collecting millions.

  • BenRM

    Yeh – forgot to add the “attempted.” All the same, proving premeditation in a bar fight is going to be a tough road to hoe.

    Again, facts are sparse at this point.

  • Harv 21

    In Jax, Keenan McCardell pulled the ladder up after him.

  • architrance

    Per, clearly the legal authority of the interwebs, attorneys.com:

    “A first-degree attempted murder charge requires premeditation or a willful act; a second-degree attempted murder charge is any other act that is not planned or deliberate. First-degree attempted murder carries greater penalties and often means a life sentence with the possibility of parole. Offenders typically spend at least 10 years in prison…”

    It sounds like the guy is in critical condition – hopefully he pulls through!

  • dwhit110

    If the victim in this dies, I’d assume they’d charge manslaughter. Way too tough to prove intent in something like this. Hopefully he pulls through, sad to think someone could get so roughed up in a bar fight that they’d lose their life. Craig was right on with his post about thinking before embracing violence above.

  • swig

    Con air!

  • BenRM

    yeah. I was thrown by their use of “degree.”

  • mgbode

    ugh. bad wordplay for this particular thread.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Marietta Mangler ruled.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lets step outside…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I was joking when I said Jimmy Haslam could lead a convict team a la “The Longest Yard” but man the Bengals are going to get jealous.

    On same note Patriots released Aaron Hernandez in case Lombardi is interested.

  • Jay

    You beat me to the punch. I wonder if Sam Wyche is available to come tell the organization: “You’re not in Cincinnati!”.

    The Browns are in need of a good TE. Seems hit fit in here just fine.

  • MrCleaveland

    We can probably start calling him a FORMER Browns rookie.

  • Jaker

    Smile Ausar! Your first big story in the NFL!