Thursday, June 28, 2007
Dolphins release DT Evans after weekend altercation, arrest
By Len Pasquarelli
Just hours after second-year defensive tackle Fred Evans was arrested in Miami Beach last Saturday morning, Dolphins' first-year head coach Cam Cameron said the matter would be "dealt with seriously."
And on Thursday evening, Cameron proved to be a man of his word, as the team waived the former seventh-round draft choice.
Because he is not a vested veteran, Evans is subject to waivers, but it is doubtful that any team will claim him, given his current legal issues. Evans clearly is a talented player, and one who is set to earn just a minimum base salary for the next three seasons, but teams will almost certainly sit back now and see how his legal status is resolved.
Arrested early Saturday morning after Miami Beach police were forced to twice employ tasers to subdue him, Evans' situation was further compounded this week by the news that the second-year veteran is already on probation for marijuana possession charges in Texas.
Authorities in Colorado County, Tex., confirmed that Evans was sentenced June 6 to one year of deferred adjudication after pleading no contest to a Feb. 10 arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession. The earlier arrest was reported Wednesday by a pair of South Florida newspapers.
Officials in Texas will review details from Saturday's incident, in which Evans was charged with multiple infractions after an alleged altercation with a taxi driver, to determine if he has violated the conditions of his probation. The Colorado County prosecutor's office has yet to receive a report on the Miami Beach incident.
Perhaps just as critical to Evans' future in the NFL is that the two incidents could subject the 2006 seventh-round draft choice to closer NFL scrutiny under the terms of the new personal conduct policy enacted three months ago. If the league was aware of the June sanctions in Texas -- and it is unclear if NFL officials knew about that incident -- Evans may already have come under the purview of the conduct policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended three players this spring -- Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson -- who were repeat offenders. Johnson was released by the Bears earlier this week.
In a Saturday release, Cameron, who is on vacation this week, said of Evans' arrest: "We will not condone this type of behavior."
Evans was charged Saturday with battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Evans allegedly was involved in an altercation with a cab driver and, when police were summoned, refused to leave the cab even after he was apprised that he was being arrested. According to the incident report, "a physical struggle" ensued, and police subsequently used tasers to subdue Evans.
A former Texas State-San Marcos standout, Evans played in only one game as a rookie, the 2006 season finale at Indianapolis, and registered two tackles. But there were indications that, in his second season, Evans would play a more prominent role for a Miami defense that is attempting to infuse some youth into the lineup, and that he would challenge for extended playing time in the tackle rotation.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com