Nobody said, "Put your hands where I can see them" Fred. You can put your hands down.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is currently representing himself in court, denying charges he assaulted a woman in a DC nightclub in January 2011. His familiarity with the legal system may come possibly from the 29 traffic charges he has accumulated since becoming a Redskin in 2008.
All of his arrest information, including the charges, fines/court costs and outcome, is public record and was obtained through the Online Case Information System for general district courts in Virginia.
In the Virginia suburbs where the Washington Redskins practice facility is located, Davis has to travel through two counties to reach downtown DC. He has 14 charges in Loudoun County, 13 in Fairfax County, and one each in the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax, Virginia.
The majority of the tickets are for speeding—nine. He has also been cited for failure to pay tolls (five), operating a vehicle with improper window tinting (three), failure to stop/yield entering a highway, improper display of license plates and false identity of self to a law enforcement officer.
Davis was cited multiple times for driving on a revoked or suspended license, although most of those cases' final disposition was Nolle Prosequi, which in legal terms means the charges were dropped because the evidence presented does not support the charges or the charges cannot be proven.
His fines totaled more than $4,600.
In the current civil case in which he is representing himself, Davis allegedly assaulted a woman who he characterized as, "a pimp that sets up athletes and rappers with prostitutes", according to an online article published by Tarnished Twenty.
Although Davis was never arrested, Elite Daily.com reports the woman is suing for emotional distress, property damage and failure to properly pay mandatory medical bills. Surveillance video taken inside the nightclub shows Davis and the woman in an exchange and the rest is for the court to decide.
On top of these off-field incidents, Davis is no stranger to problems within the NFL.
On December 6, 2011, The Washington Post reported Davis was suspended four games without pay for testing positive for marijuana. He has failed at least three drug tests since entering the league in 2008.
Despite the suspension, the Redskins' named him the team's offensive player of the year for the 2011 season.
All things considered, Davis, who met in Washington with top brass with the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, is still hopeful the Redskins will re-sign him. His optimism was evident in an interview with the NFL Network last week.
“I definitely would [like to stay], but at the end of the day, I’ll play wherever,” Davis said. “It doesn't matter to me. It’s about football to me. I would like to stay here, but if I can’t, I’m fine with that as well.”
In my estimation, Davis is trouble with a capital "T" and having spent the remaining half of last season rehabilitating a torn Achilles' tendon, not worth the money. He is damaged goods with a history of violating not only NFL rules, but rules in society that none of us are above.
He not only needs to humble himself but realize that he is not "all that." He has never been selected to the Pro Bowl, has only 12 touchdowns and 155 receptions for less than 2,000 yards in his five-year professional career and was overpaid from the start.
The Washington Redskins should let him move on and wish him well.