Charges dropped against Lucky Whitehead, cops admit they got the wrong guy

Lucky Whitehead
Aug 1, 2016; Irvine, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lucky Whitehead was cut by the Dallas Cowboys Monday after reports surfaced that he had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from a shoplifting charge.

It was reported the warrant was issued because he failed to show up for court, but there’s just one problem with the entire story: Whitehead was not the person who perpetrated the crime. In fact, he wasn’t even in the state of Virginia at the time of the arrest, which is why neither he nor the Cowboys heard about the arrest and warrant until Monday.

Cops have since admitted they had the wrong guy to begin with, and charges have been dropped against Whitehead, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The Cowboys recently made a big point of saying that they are building a high-character roster. It’s a notion that is somewhat laughable considering the events that have transpired in recent years, and even going back to the 1990s. With guys like Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and even Greg Hardy a couple years back, they’ve proven that issues will be tolerated if players are making big plays.

It’s ironic that they were so quick to cut Whitehead, even as he claimed he was innocent. Now we wonder what’s going to happen next. Hopefully Whitehead, who was likely not going to remain on the final roster in Dallas anyway — hence the easy decision to cut him — lands a new job soon.