Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saints cut Ealy, Kapanui
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints cut receiver Biren Ealy and tight end Kolomona Kapanui on Tuesday, two days after the young players were arrested for allegedly being drunk and exposing themselves to two women in the parking lot of a suburban apartment complex where they live.
The pair were arrested early Sunday morning in River Ridge by Jefferson Parish authorities, who booked the two players with obscenity, disturbing the peace and lewd conduct.
Authorities alleged that they were drunk, urinated in public and then exposed themselves when the women who called authorities came upon them.
The players' lawyer, Donald "Chick" Foret, says the players did nothing obscene and thought they were in a secluded area, late at night, when only one of them -- Ealy -- relieved himself behind a garage.
"This is not an obscenity crime," Foret said. "How many times have you had fraternity kids who are urinating in public? And this is a case where you had two guys together who went out at night. They came home, one of them wanted to change his pants and he was urinating in what he thought was a secluded area and a young lady walked up on him and he overreacted verbally.
"But never, ever, ever, did either of these young men threaten, intimidate or expose themselves to anyone."
The players were released from jail on bond Sunday night.
Ealy, 24, signed a free-agent contract with the Saints in January. He spent the past two seasons with Tennessee, mostly on the Titans' practice squad.
Kapanui, 25, spent part of last season on the Saints' practice squad. He began his pro career as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns, who released him during the 2008 preseason.
Meanwhile, the Saints signed three new players: Western Illinois running back Herb Donaldson, Kent State offensive tackle Augustus Parrish and Louisville receiver Chris Vaughn.
Donaldson, 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, averaged 162.2 yards rushing last season to go with 22 all-purpose touchdowns, 21 rushing. His 23 career 100-yard rushing games set a Missouri Valley Conference record. He was named the conference's offensive player of the year and was first-team All-America for the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision.
The Saints have an open competition for the role of short-yardage power back following the departure of veteran Deuce McAllister.
Parrish, 6-5, 305, was a three-year starter at Kent State, blocking for a running game that averaged more than 200 yards per game during the past two seasons.
Vaughn, 6-3, 220, spent three seasons with Louisville after transferring from Notre Dame. He played in 25 games for Louisville, catching 25 passes for 238 yards.