Lucky Whitehead Charges Dropped, Arrest Warrant Revoked Due to Mistaken Identity

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2017

Dallas Cowboys' Lucky Whitehead returns a punt during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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Free-agent wide receiver Lucky Whitehead's agent, Dave Rich, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that all charges against his client in a shoplifting case were dropped due to a case of mistaken identity.

Prince William County (Virginia) Police Sgt. Jonathan L. Perok released the following statement explaining the situation and exonerating Whitehead:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The statement, expressing regret, from Prince William County Police Sergeant Jonathan L. Perok on the situation surrounding Lucky Whitehead https://t.co/FJcRSGilSZ

Whitehead was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after it was alleged that he failed to appear in court to face a larceny charge stemming from a June incident in Virginia, per ESPN.com.

Rich told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Whitehead wasn't in Virginia at the time of the incident.

Per ESPN.com, Whitehead's plane ticket showed he was in Dallas at the time of the alleged theft, which occurred at a Wawa convenience store. Whitehead's flight then landed in Washington, D.C., 10 hours after the incident.

Although Whitehead denied any involvement, the Cowboys decided to part ways with him, and head coach Jason Garrett explained the decision:

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"In handling the situation and evaluating with the authorities there and in talking to him, we just didn't feel like it's in the best interest of the Cowboys to have him with us. We've got a track record of being able to take guys that made some mistakes early on in their career and they get better. They grow and they develop and they become great citizens and great players. We have a number of those guys on our team right now."

The 25-year-old Whitehead is a Virginia native who spent the past two seasons with the Cowboys.

He primarily served as a kick and punt returner, although he did have 20 rushes and nine receptions on offense in his two years with the team.

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