Miami Defensive End Jerome McDougle, whom many consider to be the Denver Broncos projected first round pick, has been charged with a misdemeanor of resisting arrest without violence, according to a spokesman with the Coral Gables police department.
The arrest, which occurred Thursday, involved McDougle attempting to stop the towing of a car registered to a former teammate, who has not yet been identified. Police spokesman Edward Claughton III claimed that the vehicle was being towed because of outstanding parking violations.
While attempting to tow the vehicle, McDougle became uncooperative with Miami University police, despite the fact that they had asked the 6-foot-4, 271-pound defensive star to leave the scene three separate times.
Drew Rosenhaus, who represents McDougle, quickly apprised potential NFL teams of his clients arrest prior to the incident being reported, hoping to minimize any effects the arrest would have leading into this weekend’s NFL Draft.
"It's been a long day," Rosenhaus told the media, "but I think teams see this for what it really was. But still, it shouldn't have happened and Jerome is certainly very aware of that, believe me."
It’s unclear at this stage what repercussions may result from the incident, but Broncos officials will certainly be taking a closer look before committing a first round pick on a potential problem. While no official comments have been released, sources indicate that the issue of “character” will weigh heavily in Denver’s decision, possibly directing the team to look toward Nebraska defensive end Chris Kelsay as their top selection.
In a statement issued through his agent, McDougle said, "I regret that this incident happened today. I apologize for any embarrassment that this may cause to my family, friends, the University of Miami and its fans. I will not allow anything like this to happen again and I apologize to the police officers involved."
Sources at the Coral Gables Police Dept. confirm that they expect McDougle to enter a pre-trial intervention program, which upon completion will completely remove the incident from McDougle’s record.