Cowboys cut WR Lucky Whitehead after shoplifting allegation

Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead

The Cowboys have cut wide receiver Lucky Whitehead after court documents revealed he was accused of shoplifting in Virginia and then failed to appear at his arraignment. 

Whitehead is facing a misdemeanor charge after he allegedly left a Virginia store without paying.  It's unclear what he allegedly took.  However, a misdemeanor charge indicates the total value of the items was less than $200. 

The third-year receiver and return man was set to make $615,000 this upcoming season in base salary with the team. 

Whitehead and his agent claim, however, that he was not in Virginia at the time the alleged shoplifting took place.  They said the alleged shoplifting incident happened hours before Whitehead's flight from Dallas to Washington, D.C., departed.  They called it "a case of mistaken identity."

Whitehead's agent also says the reason his client did not show up for his arraignment was that he never received the citation and summons. 

Whitehead was arrested on the shoplifting charge on June 22, according to police records, but head coach Jason Garrett said he didn't know about the incident until it was first reported today by TMZ.  

ESPN reports that team sources indicate the Cowboys weren't interested in hearing Whitehead's explanation and that they simply wanted to release him after yet another incident. 

This follows multiple off-the-field incidents last year for Whitehead.  In one instance he did not inform the team about a car accident in which he was involved. In another incident he was late to a walk-through on a Saturday and was told by Jason Garrett that he would not travel with the team for a game against the Giants. 

Whitehead made news last week as well when he claimed someone stole his dog and held it for ransom.  The dog was eventually returned to Whitehead. 


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