The Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday that a man charged with shoplifting on June 22 was not formerDallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, as it had originally indicated.
Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday it was a case of mistaken identity. Rich cited flight records to prove Whitehead wasn't in Virginia at the time of the incident. "It's disappointing, but it's a tough life lesson for the young man. He'll be fine. I've had three or four teams reach out to me already, and I wouldn't be surprised if he was picked up, especially with the way rosters are right now." Agent David Rich on Lucky Whitehead
The Cowboys, however, released Whitehead and cited a pattern of behavior in justifying the move. "Let's not sugarcoat anything. I was pretty much being called a liar," Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News in a telephone interview.
Whitehead told the newspaper he was "blindsided" and "no one [in Cowboys management] had my back in the whole situation. I knew about it at, what? 12:45. By 2:30, I'm released." Whitehead, however, told the newspaper that his teammates believed him when it wasn't he who was arrested.
Rich told ESPN's Todd Archer on Tuesday that the original report was a total surprise.