It might be time for the Lions to send something stronger than an verbal message to their wayward players.
Aaron Berry was in a position to be the team’s starting right cornerback this season, but after his second brush with the law in a month Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., he will be fortunate to retain a roster spot.
“We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” read a statement from the Lions. “We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate.”
Berry was arrested and taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault. According to Harrisburg police, Berry was brandishing a firearm.
Last month, Berry was arrested for DUI and other charges after he clipped a parked car and attempted to flee the accident site.
He was scheduled to enter a diversionary program in Pennsylvania to mitigate those initial charges. After a second arrest, that option might not be available to him.
This is the seventh arrest of Lions players this offseason. Besides Berry’s two arrests, running back Mikel Leshoure was arrested twice on marijuana-related offenses, defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested twice, once for marijuana possession and once for DUI, and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested for marijuana possession.
Leshoure and Culbreath have settled their legal issues. Leshoure was suspended for two games and docked four weeks pay by the league. Fairley has a hearing scheduled in Mobile, Ala., July 27.