Detroit Lions 2012: Aaron Berry and Rumors of a Second Arrest

Scott Bischoff@@Bischoff_ScottCorrespondent IIJuly 22, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Aaron Berry #32 of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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(Update: The Detroit Free Press confirmed Berry's second arrest.)

There are rumors that Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry has been arrested for the second time in a month. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that there are rumors that Berry was arrested on Saturday July 21, after a group claimed he pointed a gun at them from inside a car.

The original claim showed up on a Dolphins message board.

There is no other information at this time, and no other media outlets have picked up this story. The claim is unconfirmed, and it is highly questionable at this point. 

If this report is true, it is another black eye for the Lions. The rumored second arrest would be another embarrassing incident in an offseason filled with them. The Detroit Lions' arrest total for the 2012 offseason stands at six, not including this latest incident. The offseason cannot end soon enough.

Tom Leyden of reported the police arrested Berry on Saturday June 23 in Harrisburg, PA on suspicion of drunk driving. They charged him with two counts of causing accidental damage to an unattended vehicle or property, and two counts of failure to stop and give information to law enforcement and render aid.

Aaron Berry is not in a position to get arrested twice in a month. He was not a first-round pick, and the Lions do not have a lot of financial resources tied into him. If this report is true, Berry might not be with the Lions when training camp starts.

The bottom line here is that the Lions had Berry projected to start opposite Chris Houston at cornerback in 2012. If this report is true, there is no way that Berry will start for the Lions when Week 1 arrives. Look for the Lions to either trade for a cornerback, or to sign a veteran cornerback that gets released from another team. There might be a roster spot open.

The claim is highly speculative, but enough for Pro Football Talk to run it. The Lions have had a horrible offseason. If the reports are true about Berry’s second arrest, the Lions' offseason just got worse.