Miami Dolphins DB Jonathon Amaya Arrested for Battery After Argument

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

Miami Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested early Monday morning following an argument with a cab driver which escalated to a reported choking, according to a Brian Hamacher of NBC 6 in South Florida:

#BREAKING #Dolphins DB Jonathon Amaya arrested for battery after argument with cab driver in Miami Beach: Police:

— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) November 26, 2012

The report on the NBC 6 website says that the driver tried to drop Amaya off at the spot he picked him up after Amaya became aggressive. At that point, Amaya allegedly "'leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck.'"  

Amaya, 24, was arrested after the incident which happened around 4:30 a.m. outside Club Bamboo at 500 Washington Avenue, according to a Miami Beach Police report.

The Dolphins have released a statement on Amaya's arrest, though they are not saying much at this time (h/t Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald).

Dolphins statement on Jonathan Amaya arrest: "We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information."

— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) November 26, 2012

The report also says that Amaya bribed the cab driver with $100 to take him where he wanted to go, even though the driver stated that it was out of his way. 

According to Linda Trischitta of the Miami Sun-Sentinel, Amaya was booked around 8 a.m. and held on $1,500 bond. 

Amaya has spent two of his three NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He went undrafted in 2010 before signing with the Dolphins, spending his rookie season primarily as a special teams player. 

After his first season, Amaya was traded to the New Orleans Saints in the deal that brought the Dolphins Reggie Bush. He played in 16 games for the Saints, again as a special teams player, recording 10 solo tackles and forcing two fumbles. 

Following the 2011 season, Amaya re-signed with the Dolphins. He has appeared in eight games this season, recording six tackles on special teams.