Ex-Dolphin Davone Bess Arrested At Fort Lauderdale Airport
South Florida Crime
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested for assaulting an officer/firefighter Friday morning.
Bess, 28, was taken into custody by police at Fort Lauderdale International Airport around 6:19 a.m. Friday.
According to the arrest report, Bess was walking down the concourse acting, “irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down.”
The arrest report said Bess was asked by law enforcement if he was alright and gave no response. BSO said Bess then took a cup of coffee not belonging to him and squeezed the cup until the liquid poured over the officer’s uniform.
The arresting officer said Bess then took a fighting stance and the officer hit the football player with his ASP in the leg, but it had no effect.
The officer said Bess then took off his shirt, again took up a fighting stance, and refused repeated orders to get on the ground. Once back-up units arrived, Bess surrendered and was taken into custody.
The arrest report said Bess appeared to “be under the influence of an unknown narcotic due to his irrational behavior.”
“He appeared to be looking through me when I was talking to him,” the arresting officer wrote.”
Bess was charged with simple assault on an officer/firefighter/EMT, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer-obstruction an officer without violence.
“It is an error” Bess explained. Bess said little about another problem. A controversial tweet that shows what could be marijuana.
Bess, now with the Cleveland Browns, has drawn extra scrutiny in recent days after posting a picture on his Twitter account with what could be marijuana, a drink of some kind, a cigar, with the television on the documentary the Cocaine Cowboys, according to CBSSports.com.
The NFL is aware of the picture, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to say what the league may do about it, according to CBSSports.com.
A source told Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot that Bess was dealing with a serious family issue back home in Oakland.
Last December, Bess posted a separate picture that showed him lighting up something on his desk.
Our partners at the Miami Herald report this isn’t Bess’s first time acting erratically.
The Herald obtained a police report which states Bess had to be hospitalized against his will 10 months ago after causing a scene at his Cooper City home.
The newspaper reports deputies had to restrain Bess as he yelled things like “Hide the guns,” “Where is my weed” and “I want to get in the end zone, throw me the football”.
Bess missed the last two games of the season last year after leaving the team for personal reasons. He had a league-high 14 drops last season and had more than 28 yards receiving in just three of 14 games played in 2013, according to CBSSports.com.
Bess began his career as a Miami Dolphin but was traded to the Browns before the current season.
The Cleveland Browns receiver was released a little before 11 a.m. Friday.
A woman who identified herself as a close family friend told CBS4 Bess was doing fine Friday night, but declined to comment further.