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Bess charged with assaulting police officer at Florida airport

January 18, 2014
By CURT ANDERSON , The Associated Press

MIAMI - Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Friday on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer at an airport, the latest in a series of personal problems for the NFL player.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, Bess, a former University of Hawaii standout, was approached by Deputy Thomas O'Brien inside the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport terminal because he was "acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down."

"I inquired if he was all right and received no response," O'Brien said in the report, adding later that Bess, 28, "appeared to be looking through me" while they talked.

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Bess then picked up a cup of hot coffee from a counter and squeezed it, "which caused the cup to break with the liquid going all over my uniform," the deputy wrote. Bess then took up a "fighting stance," and O'Brien said he hit the player on the leg with a baton to no effect.

"Bess proceeded to take off his shirt and once again took up a fighting stance refusing my repeated orders to get on the ground," O'Brien said, adding that Bess was finally taken into custody when backup officers arrived.

Sheriff's office records show that Bess, who spent five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, is charged with simple assault on an officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. The three charges are all misdemeanors. Whether Bess had a lawyer was not immediately clear. Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said the team was aware of the arrest and was gathering information.

Bess was released Friday morning on $100 bail. He did not comment about the substance of the charges to waiting television news crews.

The Browns signed Bess last year to a three-year, $11.5 million contract after acquiring him from the Dolphins. This season Bess had career lows with 42 catches for 362 yards.

The arrest comes one day after Bess posted a photo on his Twitter page of a small package containing what appeared to be marijuana. The photo was later deleted. Last month, a photo posted on Bess' Instagram account showed him lighting a cigar or marijuana joint.

On Dec. 19, the Browns placed Bess on the reserve/nonfootball illness list for what were described as personal reasons. He missed the final two games of the season.

* The Associated Press' Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this story.



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