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Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 10:18 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel, one of the plaintiffs in Brady v. NFL , was arrested and charged with felony theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Ind., Pro Football Talk reported Monday afternoon.Vrabel

According to Switzerland County officials, Vrabel, 35, was booked at 5:28 a.m. Monday and released at 10:39 a.m. after posting a $600 bond.

Vrabel, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots, is a member of the NFLPA executive committee. A hearing in the lawsuit is set for Wednesday in federal court in Minneapolis.

The charge against him is a Class-D felony, the lowest-level felony in the state.

UPDATED (4:15 p.m.):
Vrabel's agent, Neil Cornrich, released a statement to PFT: "It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication. I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter."

UPDATED II (5:20 p.m.): According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com , "The matter involves a bar tab and some confusion over how many beers should be on it." It’s a minor issue that is expected to soon be resolved with a "dismissal for want of prosecution."

UPDATED III (5:25 p.m.): KMBC 9 News  in Missouri has other details that are related but subtly contrasting: "Indiana Gaming Commission Director of Enforcement Kenny Rowan said Vrabel was observed by an enforcement agent taking the bottles of alcohol from a deli without paying for them. He said Vrabel was very cooperative during the investigation and posed no problems during the arrest."

Vrabel was traded from the Pats to the Chiefs before the 2009 season and was a starter on the team last season that won the AFC West title.

"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 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."


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Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:07 am
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino




Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

A felony is a felony yah think Big Mike will be eligible for strike pay or should I say lockout pay. Pay the Tab next time Buckeye.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

Wow.  This screams Accident and honest misunderstanding.  Holy crap.  Poor Mike.



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

I've walked out on bar tabs before.  When you drink sometimes you forget.  Ridiculous that the matter could not have been cleared up by the casino in terms of reminding Vrabel to pay rather than arresting him.  Instead you have overzealous law enforcement who is too excited about making an arrest rather than "protecting and serving the public"


If you get so drunk when you go out to a bar that you forget to pay your tab, maybe you should quit drinking. regardless of how you look at it, theft is theft.  Were you there when it happened?  I dont think so.  You have no idea what really happened so i suggest you stop jumping to conclusions....



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Vrabel cheater in the Belicheck mold

Complete IDIOT Vrabel is. Shows what kind of leadership NFLPA has!  Pay the tab as shown and do not tip! What is $10 on the amount of money Vrabel was making? Complete IDIOT and LOCS-lack of common sense. 



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

MIKE IS A GOOD GUY AND SINCE WE KNOW HIM OUT HERE IN KANSAS CITY, WE'RE SURE THIS WAS A MISTAKE AND WILL BE A NON-STORY WHEN ALL IS REVEALED. PROBABLY BOTH PARTIES OVER -REACTED AND IT BECAME A BIGGER STORY THAN IT SHOULD HAVE!!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

Must be another slow sports day. This shouldn't have become an issue. Golden Tate of the Seahawks literaly went into the donut shop and stole the Maple Bars and no charges/arrests. All beit drop top or whatever the name of the place is an official vendor now with the Seahawks. Hrabel's seems to be much more of an accident and was over blown. Not that I'm a KC fan but hopefully the NFL sees this and doesn't take any action.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

why can't the chiefs talk to him?

LOL



Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

This is nothing more than a complete misunderstanding. I doubt Vrabel would be that stupid to intentionally take a couple of beers without paying for them. I think he might of forgotten to pay for them considering it was 6am in the morning and people at that time really aren't at their sharpest. They tend to forget things... and make careless mistakes.. Hell, I remember going outside to get the paper a in my underware. I think the enforcement officer went a little over the top in booking him and making an arrest; when he could of easily just reminded him and let him be on his way.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested at casino

I've walked out on bar tabs before.  When you drink sometimes you forget.  Ridiculous that the matter could not have been cleared up by the casino in terms of reminding Vrabel to pay rather than arresting him.  Instead you have overzealous law enforcement who is too excited about making an arrest rather than "protecting and serving the public" when a simple reminder would have cleared up the entire matter.  I would never visit the casino is this is their policy to be hard a$$es towards their customers rather than showing proper hospitality. 


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