New Orleans Saints star corner Marshon Lattimore arrested in Cleveland

By Matt Johnson

New Orleans Saints star cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested on Thursday night in Cleveland, later being booked into Cuyahoga County Jail.

Adam Ferrise of Cleveland.com first reported on the arrest of Lattimore. The 6-foot cornerback was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and has become one of the best players on the Saints’ defense.

Lattimore is a Cleveland native and spends his offseason in the region. Cleveland.com discovered that he was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, with jail records verifying that Lattimore was booked into county jail on the single charge. However, formal charges have not been filed.

The 24-year-old has been one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks since he set foot in the league. He earned Pro Bowl honors in his first season and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Lattimore has since been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

  • Marshon Lattimore stats: 10 career interceptions, 55 pass deflections and four fumble recoveries in 57 career games.

Having Lattimore on the field will be crucial for the Saints in 2021. Not only did Drew Brees retire, but New Orleans cut starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Kwon Alexander due to salary cap issues. The organization remains hopeful it can sign Lattimore to a long-term extension, with the young corner set to hit free agency next spring.

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What kind of discipline could Marshon Lattimore face?

Lattimore has still not been formally charged with a crime, so there remains a chance these charges could be dropped and law enforcement will let this go. If this move forward, though, the severity of potential discipline could depend on the value of what was taken.

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According to American Legal, any person found guilty of receiving stolen property will receive a first-degree misdemeanor. Those charges can be treated as a felony, if any of the following conditions are met.

  • If the stolen property is valued between $1,000-$7,500
  • If the property involved is a motor vehicle
  • If the stolen property is a dangerous drug.
  • If the property involved is a firearm or dangerous ordnance

The NFL would have the authority to discipline Lattimore under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. However, the league will likely let the legal process play out before it even considers getting involved in this matter.