Cowboys Cut WR After Shoplifting Arrest, Turns Out He Was Misidentified

Erica Murray
July 26, 2017

In what can only be described as one of the more freaky stories of the National Football League off-season, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead was cut by the team on Monday after police in Virginia claimed Whitehead was charged with shoplifting stemming from an incident in June.

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, said Monday that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened.

The Prince William County Police Department in Virginia issued a statement today in which they said Whitehead was misidentified as the culprit.

Yesterday, word started getting around that Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead had skipped a court date after being arrested for shoplifting at a Woodbridge, Va., convenience store.

The Cowboys cut Whitehead on Monday, hours after reports of the incident surfaced, citing a pattern of behavior in justifying the move.

Meanwhile, police, Perok said, are looking for the suspect and working to get charges against Whitehead dropped.

Whitehead had been scheduled to appear in court on July 6, but did not show up, resulting in police issuing a warrant for his arrest.

"In this particular case, we felt it was in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys to move on from Lucky Whitehead".

Whitehead failed to notify the team about his incident.

Early on Monday, TMZ reported Whitehead had been arrested on June 22.

Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

Coach Jason Garrett, when asked if he may be released from the team said: 'Well, absolutely. Just last week Blitz was allegedly stolen from his home and ransomed.

The police statement, which was released Tuesday, went on, "At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead's identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation". Prince William County Police later confirmed Rich's account. "He had a challenge ahead of him, and he was ready for the challenge".

'I just found out about it as I came off the practice field this morning, ' Garrett said.

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