Various outlets are reporting that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested for allegedly taking eight beers from a casino eatery/deli without paying for him.
This account was confirmed by KMBC.com.
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com has reported that the matter involved a beer tab and how many beers should have been on it.
The two reports don’t really make any sense to me. the KMBC report makes it sound like Vrabel was in a deli/eater in the casino and tried to sneak out with the beer without paying for it. La Canfora’s report almost makes it sound like he was in a bar with a tab. I suppose it is possible that this casino keeps a tab in it’s eatery but the whole thing is just too hard to figure out without having specific details.
Vrabel apparently demonstrated his many intangibles by cooperating throughout the arrest/investigation and he posted his own $600 bail.
Vrabel released a statement that we brought you earlier.
The Kansas City Chiefs have also released a statement:
“We are aware of the reports regarding Mike Vrabel, but we are not permitted to have contact with Mike at this time. We understand that Mike has communicated publicly that the matter is a misunderstanding for which he takes full responsibility. We hope it is resolved for Mike in a positive way.”
The whole thing just sounds weird. Misunderstanding or not, Vrabel put himself in kind of sticky situation here. He is due to represent the players in court on Wednesday and here he is hanging out in a casino all night drinking beer. Let’s not forget that the issue Vrabel is going to court for is to attempt to lift the NFL lockout to provide the players relief from future financial difficulties that they will encounter should the lockout continue.
Going on an all night gambling binge and getting arresting for swiping beer, whether you meant to or not, is not going to send a good message to the fans or the courts. Never mind that fact that the union leadership has been telling the players they represent to be careful with their money for months in case they needed to ride out a lockout. Now, one of their own representatives has been out gambling, just days before the trail.