Ryan McBean: Stalking Charges Won't Stop Broncos DT

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Defensive tackle Ryan McBean #98 of the Denver Broncos on the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 26-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ryan McBean went from unknown NFL player to one of the hottest names in sports in the blink of an eye on Monday afternoon. The Denver Broncos defensive tackle was arrested late last week for allegedly stalking someone. 

According to a report in the Denver Post, McBean was arrested on Friday, posted a $50,000 bond and will appear in court on October 28.

Broncos head coach John Fox, in the same report, did not have a lot to say about McBean or his status for this week's game against Miami. 

"We'll let the legal process run its course, but at this point, we're gathering information and, hopefully, the facts," Fox said.

McBean's agent and lawyer Peter Schaffer said in the report that his client is innocent and plans on defending him to the full extent of the law. 

"We are confident that the legal system will find Ryan completely innocent of any allegations. We will defend all allegations to the full extent of the law, as well as seek all legal avenues available to us when the claims prove to be frivolous."

Without any more information, it is hard to give a strong opinion one way or another. Considering that McBean has not had any prior issues, we should give him the benefit of the doubt. 

I would expect him to be on the field when the Broncos go to Miami this Sunday for the "Tim Tebow Homecoming Party," and he will play well. 

McBean leads Broncos defensive tackles this season with eight total tackles, and he is the only player with a sack. He isn't lighting the world on fire, but for a team that has no depth on defense he has been one of the best players they have. 

Personal issues aside, McBean should suit up for the Broncos this week and be ready to go. Given the Dolphins' struggles this season, he could have one of his best games of the season. 

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