Former Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott on Thursday pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in Paterson, New Jersey. This is the result of a fight outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic, where Walcott allegedly punched a man, Derek Jones, in the side of the head to the point he is now in a hospital in critical condition.
As a result, he was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim.
Following the arrest, the Browns released Walcott on Wednesday afternoon.
Walcott went undrafted out of Virginia after totaling 128 career tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery in his collegiate career.
This isn’t the first Browns rookie to be arrested this offseason. Seventh-round selection Armonty Bryant was charged with drunken driving in Oklahoma less than one week after the Browns picked him in April’s draft.
Linebacker Quentin Groves, who was signed as a free agent, was arrested during a prostitution sting on April 17.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for two games and fined two additional game checks by the NFL for failing a drug test. Gordon said he tested positive for codeine, which was in cold medicine prescribed for strep throat.
Free agent fullback Vonta Leach is expected to sign with a team next week, with the Miami Dolphins currently leading the pack. The Baltimore Ravens are one of a few other teams still in contention for his services after they cut him this offseason to save $4 million against the cap, but are reportedly offering him a deal in the $2 million range.