Cowboys receiver arrested for shoplifting, as off-field issues in Dallas pile up
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Arlington. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead faces misdemeanor charges of petty larceny after police arrested him and accused him of shoplifting in Virginia in June, according to a statement from the Prince William County Police Department.
Whitehead, 25, was an undrafted free agent but latched on with the Cowboys in 2015, mainly as a kick and punt returner. He’s averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff return during his two-year NFL career and has totaling 29 offensive touches (20 rushing attempts, nine receptions).
Whitehead’s legal troubles are the latest in a string of off-field mishaps for the Cowboys this offseason. Former Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll, who signed a three-year deal with Dallas this spring, was arrested for DWI in May and running back Ezekiel Elliott was a figure in an investigation into a fight at a Dallas bar.
Dallas police suspended that investigation, but Elliott has also faced accusations of domestic violence, and reports have said the NFL is considering suspending the Cowboys’ star.
The Cowboys opened their training camp in Oxnard, California, on Monday.