DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – A defensive end for the Cleveland Browns has found himself in hot water after allegedly walking the streets nude and then attacking a deputy.
A woman hurried kids into lockdown while NFL player Malik McDowell was roaming naked nearby … new 911 audio, obtained by TMZ Sports, reveals. https://t.co/XeWO9PzDpt
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 19, 2022
Cleveland Browns defensive end Malik McDowell was in Deerfield Beach, Florida on January 17th when he allegedly decided to walk around the town in his birthday suit.
It would be one thing if the incident happened at 3 in the morning, but this incident was reported just before 1:30 pm.
Broward County Sheriff’s deputy was called about the incident after concerned staffers at the Learning Experience childcare reported allegedly seeing McDowell walking around naked in their parking lot.
The incident caused the childcare center to go on lockdown while the police responded.
When the deputy arrived on the scene, he observed McDowell who was allegedly walking around the area with “his sexual organs in view of the public.” As the deputy approached McDowell, he allegedly rushed him “at full speed.”
The deputy alleges that McDowell rushed toward him with closed fists and began punching him. At least one of the punches landed and struck the deputy on his right eye and temple area. The deputy wrote in his report:
“I was dazed and felt extreme pain in the area I was struck.”
Cleveland Browns tackle Malik McDowell arrested for allegedly walking naked near a school and punching an officer in Florida.
“He charged the deputy fully nude, at full speed, with a closed fist, punched him in the eye, and left him dazed.” pic.twitter.com/xqhuZvNZII
— The Recount (@therecount) January 18, 2022
The deputy further alleged that the violence from McDowell did not stop there as he continued striking him about his head and face.
The deputy was able to counter the attacks and allegedly was able to strike McDowell in his chest and attempt to take him to the ground so he could take him into custody.
However, when the deputy attempted to take McDowell to the ground, he was able to slip out of his physical control and escape on foot. Deputies chased McDowell who was subsequently tased and fell to the ground.
Deputies were able to move in at that point and take him into custody.
The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital where he received medical treatment for his eye and left heel and Achilles area. In the report, the deputy alleges:
“[The swelling of his eye was] to the point that my eye was almost completely closed…[and had] swelling to the top of my head…[there is a [substantial likelihood that I sustained permanent injury to my eye/eye socket area.”
Cleveland Browns star Malik McDowell got in a very boring and uneventful workout at a Florida gym shortly before he was arrested for being completely naked in public. https://t.co/isqWKj7MFs
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 19, 2022
McDowell was arrested and charged with indecent exposure to the public, resisting arrest with violence, and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
He was taken to the Broward County Jail and given a $31,000 bond by County Judge Phoebee Francois.
The Cleveland Browns, who are expected to release the defensive end, said that they are aware of the investigation and are concerned. They wrote:
“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 defense attorney, Adam Swickle, spoke to Local 10 News and offered up an explanation as to why McDowell acted in this alleged incident. He said:
“Apparently somebody may have slipped him something or given [him] something that he was unaware of, which explains some of this bizarre behavior.”
McDowell is no stranger when it comes to alleged bizarre behavior and fighting with the police. In 2019, TMZ Sports reported another peculiar encounter McDowell had with police.
Police in Lathrup Village, Michigan pulled over a vehicle McDowell was allegedly driving for speeding and spinning out on a snow-covered road. When the officer was speaking with McDowell, he began demanding to speak to a supervisor before fleeing into a convenience store.
The officer gave chase and attempted to arrest him which led to a physical altercation inside the store. Surveillance video released by TMZ Sports allegedly shows McDowell fighting the officer which caused both of them to knock over shelves of food.
On January 1st, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off with the New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
While the Buccaneers were the odds on favorite, they looked outmatched by the New York Jets who have a losing record for the year.
During the third quarter, the Buccaneers were down 24-10 and it looked like they could not get anything going. It was at that point, with just over two and half minutes remaining in the quarter, that wide receiver Antonio Brown appeared to meltdown.
Brown was on the sidelines and began taking off his pads which he threw onto the sideline near the player’s bench. Then he took off his undershirt and threw it into the stands before he took off running around the field attempting to get the crowd enthused.
After a run around the field, Brown ran towards the tunnel, flashed a peace sign, and was gone for the rest of the game. It was in the tunnel that he approached members of security and state troopers who he asked for a ride to the airport.
Security personnel reported that they were unsure who Brown was when he approached him and thought perhaps he was nothing more than a fan who had made his way into the tunnel.
A security officer told ESPN:
“We thought we had a jumper. He [Brown] was shirtless and didn’t have his wallet.”
After the game, it was learned that Brown’s antics started after Buccaneers head Coach Bruce Arians had allegedly tried to put the wide receiver back in the game.
When he was told to report to the field, Brown allegedly refused which prompted the coach to leave the field.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Brown’s refusal to enter the game came after he alleged he had injured his ankle while playing. Brown allegedly told the coaching staff that he was too injured to play, something that Arians denies.
During a press conference between reporters and Arians, the coach was asked about Brown’s status who refused to speak much on the case, other than to note that Brown was no longer a “Buc.”
While this would imply that he was cut from the team, as of January 4th, that is not the case.
Brown has yet to hit any type of waiver wire which means that the Buccaneers still hold his playing rights. While there are different opinions as to why Brown has not been cut as of yet, Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk said:
“The Bucs could be looking for a way to not have their cake and not let anyone else eat it, keeping Brown off the roster while also not having to worry about him resurfacing with another contender [in the playoffs].”
Brown has had troubles in the past with other NFL teams that have led to suspensions and fines for refusing to play or practice with the teams he was on. Brown has also faced troubles off the field when he was sued for sexual assault in 2019.
As the NFL investigated the sexual abuse claims against Brown, he signed with the New England Patriots until he was waived when he was accused a second time of sexual misconduct by a different woman.
In that case, Brown allegedly sent threatening text messages to the woman making the allegation.
After Brown was cut by the team, he received an eight-game suspension from the NFL for reportedly attacking the driver of a moving truck. Brown was arrested for the alleged criminal act and it appeared his career was over.
That is until Tom Brady, future NFL hall of famer, convinced the Buccaneers staff to give Brown a shot, and in 2020 he was signed with the caveat, he mess up once he would be cut. Throughout the remainder of the 2020 season and until now, Brown had seemingly been keeping his nose clean, that is until January 1st.
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