Chris Jennings: Cleveland Brown Punches Doorman at Nightclub and Is Arrested

J GatskieCorrespondent IApril 18, 2010

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 3: Running back Chris Jennings #34 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the football against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 3, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 26-23. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Early Saturday morning Cleveland Browns running back Chris Jennings was arrested for punching a doorman at a local club, The Velvet Dog. According to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, a friend of Jennings was denied entry to the club for not meeting the dress code.

Chris Jennings ,allegedly, began arguing with the doorman and a confrontation ensued. Jennings and his friend then ignored the doorman and entered the club anyway. The argument continued inside and turned into a scuffle. Jennings allegedly punched the doorman in the mouth, bloodying it.

The police were called and took the Browns' running back into custody at 2:15 A.M. He is currently in the City Jail and has not been charged as of the completion of this article.

Browns GM Tom Heckert responded to the incident, saying, "We are aware of the situation with Chris Jennings. Until we have gathered all of the pertinent information we will not have any further comment." There was no word from Mike Holmgren as of early Sunday morning.

Jennings is a reserve running back and showed flashes of promise last season. Chris rushed 63 times for 220 yards and one touchdown and and nine receptions for 56 yards. One has to wonder if this will affect the Browns draft strategy. Running back was a position of relative stability if not a strength. The Browns have Jerome Harrison, Peyton Hillis, Lawrence Vickers, James Davis and Thomas Brown in addition to Jennings.