Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested Monday in Florence, Ind., and charged with theft from a riverboat casino.
The Switzerland County sheriff’s department said Vrabel, 35, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. and released about 5 hours later on $600 cash bond. He was charged with a class D felony.
“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,” Vrabel said in a statement issued through his agent. “I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”
The incident happened at the Belterra Casino in Florence.
A call to the security department of the casino was not immediately returned.
Vrabel, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, is a member of the NFLPA executive committee and one of the plaintiffs in the players’ antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.
Vrabel was traded from the Patriots to the Chiefs before the 2009 season and was a starter last season as Kansas City won the AFC West.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Mike Vrabel, but we are not permitted to have contact with Mike at this time,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “ We hope it is resolved for Mike in a positive way.”
LAWSUITS NOW LINKED
A federal judge in Minneapolis has decided to combine two requests to halt the NFL lockout.
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she will hear arguments from attorneys for Tom Brady, Drew Brees and other current players, as well as attorneys for retired players.
The current players and retirees have filed similar antitrust lawsuits against the league in addition to their requests for an injunction to stop the lockout.
The arguments will be heard Wednesday.
The players say the lockout should be stopped because it is causing irreparable harm. The retirees say it could jeopardize retirement benefits subsidized by the league.
The retirees asked to consolidate the cases. Attorneys for the NFL didn’t oppose combining the cases, but they want the lockout kept in place.
GOODELL TARGETS HGH
Talking at an assembly about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances at Woodlawn (Md.) High School, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will insist that its next labor deal with players – whenever there is one – includes testing for human growth hormone.
HGH use is prohibited by the NFL, but the league’s old collective bargaining agreement did not have testing for it. Goodell thinks players “recognize the importance of” adding HGH tests.
The NFL Players Association has opposed blood tests in the past but did say last summer it would be open to hearing a proposal from the league during CBA talks. Goodell said that HGH was “part of a broader proposal on where we go with our drug program.”
NFLPA spokesman George Atallah declined comment.