Terrible timing for Vrabel arrest

April, 4, 2011
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Two weeks ago, Mike Vrabel wanted to take Roger Goodell out of the NFL labor talks. Now, Vrabel may have put himself in a position to meet with Goodell about a matter that has nothing to do with the lockout.

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ veteran linebacker was arrested for theft Monday morning at a Florence, Indiana casino. Vrabel was arrested at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa on a Class-D felony charge -- the lowest level of felony crime in Indiana. He was released later Monday morning after posting a $600 bond. The crime carries a penalty of six months to three years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

"It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication," Vrabel told ProFootballTalk.com in a statement through his agent Neil Cornrich. "I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter."

Vrabel is one of nine current players suing the NFL to end the lockout. He is on the NFLPA’s executive committee and was a major part of the negotiations with the league prior to the lockout. Vrabel could be subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy after the lockout ends.

Vrabel is known as one of the best leaders in the NFL. Kansas City coach Todd Haley has often credited Vrabel’s leadership for helping the Chiefs become a playoff team in 2010.

UPDATE: A Kansas City television station is reporting the arrest involved bottles of alcohol being taken from a casino restaurant.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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