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Browns DT Malik McDowell arrested in Florida for public exposure, battery against officer

1/18/2022 5:07:34 PM
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Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested in Florida on charges of public exposure and beating a deputy, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.  This according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested McDowell in Deerfield Beach on Monday, the report says, on charges of exposing himself in public, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.

“We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Browns said in a statement Tuesday morning. “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.”

According to the incidnet report obtained by the newspaper, Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a naked man walking near a school.

When McDowell charged, the deputy reported he wasn’t able to avoid the confrontation, use his weapon, or “de-escalation tactics.” Amid the attack, the deputy fought back, but McDowell fled, the report said.

According to the arrest record, McDowell is facing charges of aggravated battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and public exposure.

The Browns signed McDowell to a one-year deal this offseason and he is an exclusive rights free agent. It now seems unlikely the team would retain him beyond the 2021 season.

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