NFL Player Wrongly ID'd as Shoplifter, Cut From Team

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NFL Player Wrongly ID'd as Shoplifter, Cut From Team

No one can predict how Lucky Whitehead will fare with the New York Jets, but this much is certain: He will be an instant hit with the clever headline writers from the New York tabloids.

The implication of Whitehead in the Virginia case led to the Cowboys releasing him on Monday. "It was, 'You better have a darn good reason for this, ' and we were completely blindsided by it".

When his dog was allegedly kidnapped earlier this summer, Whitehead made national news after posting on Instagram about his dog being held for ransom by a Fort Worth rapper.

Over a week ago, Whitehead said his dog had been kidnapped, only to have video of the dog surface with rapper Boogotti Kasino, who said he had in fact not stolen the dog but purchased it, and wanted to be reimbursed. Those allegations were denied by the rapper.

Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday it was a case of mistaken identity. The story was found to be erroneous by Deadspin. It was not Lucky Whitehead, who was not in the area at the time of the incident.

"Let's not sugarcoat anything", he told the Dallas Morning News.

Lucky Whitehead should be on the Dallas Cowboys right now. "I didn't know about a warrant that came about in the first place". Clearly because I wasn't the person arrested. I knew about it at what?

The Dallas Cowboys seem to be done with Lucky Whitehead.

Here's the thing, though: Whitehead wasn't ever actually arrested.

When a pro bowl special teams player at 25 years old is released for none other than miscommunication, the opportunity should be jumped on.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spent the offseason preaching that his team has a "high bar" for character, which is why Whitehead was so surprised that the team cut ties with him without getting all the details from his alleged arrest.

A historically unlucky team picks up a Lucky player. If Elliott is suspended under the league's personal conduct policy, it could could be the difference between making the playoffs and missing by a hair if Dallas takes a step back from that 13-3 finish in 2016.

The team claimed kick returner Lucky Whitehead off waivers Wednesday, two days after the Cowboys made a decision to release him following an arrest that turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

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