Two Cleveland Browns defensive players were arrested early on Christmas morning after a traffic stop, the team acknowledged in a statement.
Scott Taylor of WOIO TV first reported that linebacker Armonty Bryant and De’Ante Saunders were arrested at 2:16 a.m. ET after a gun and Adderall were found in the car. Police charged Saunders with OVI and speeding.
Bryant will be inactive on Sunday when the Browns play the Chiefs.
“We have been made aware of the arrests of De’Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning,” general manager Ray Farmer said in the statement. “These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions. Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter. In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.”
This is the third time that Bryant has been in trouble with the law in the past four years. In 2012, He was placed on five years of probation after he was caught selling marijuana in a parking lot when he was at East Central University in Oklahoma. After he was drafted by the Browns in 2013, he was cited for a DUI near the school.
Saunders, a rookie, is currently on the Browns practice squad.
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