On Monday, a shocking new video has emerged showing Cleveland Brown’s defensive tackle Malik McDowell charging naked at a Florida police officer and pummeling the deputy before being tasered and arrested outside a preschool.
According to an arrest report, the Broward Sheriff’s Office charged McDowell, 25, with public exposure, resisting arrest with violence, and battery on a law enforcement officer in Florida. After authorities arrived on the scene, McDowell “charged” at a deputy “at full speed with a closed fist.”
McDowell’s defense attorney told local media:
“Apparently somebody may have slipped him something or given him something he was unaware of, which explains some of his bizarre behavior.”
The NFL said they are aware of the arrest and are in the process of gathering more information.
The Browns released a statement:
“We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information. We understand the severity of this matter and our thoughts are for the well-being of all involved. We will have no further comment at this time.”
McDowell’s criminal record includes an incident from 2019 when he was charged with DUI and getting into a scuffle with police in his native Michigan.
Because of those legal troubles and an ATV accident, this past season was McDowell’s first playing in the NFL after being drafted in the second round in 2017. He played in 15 games (14 starts) for Cleveland this year, finishing with 19 solo tackles and three sacks.
McDowell had no comment Tuesday night after bonding out of the Broward County jail in Fort Lauderdale.
TMZ obtained video of his arrest and the New York Post published witness video of McDowell lying naked in the street.
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