Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a collision involving a tractor-trailer rig on Texas 114 in Grapevine, police said.
Ratliff was released Tuesday on $500 bail on the misdemeanor offense, said Officer Sam Shemwell, a police spokesman.
Neither Ratliff nor the driver of the big rig was hurt, Shemwell said.
The responding officer gave Ratliff a field sobriety test “and formed the opinion he was intoxicated,” Shemwell said.
Ratliff refused an on-scene breath test, so officers subsequently obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample, Shemwell said.
Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd is moving closer to a deal to plead guilty in the federal drug-distribution case against him, his attorney said Tuesday.
Hurd, 27, played for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys (right). He was arrested in December after allegedly accepting cocaine from an undercover agent at a suburban Chicago steakhouse.
According to The Associated Press, prosecutors filed documents Tuesday that said Hurd would plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.
The charge carries a recommended sentence of 10 years in prison to life.
But attorney Jay Ethington told The AP that the documents were posted prematurely. Ethington said he and prosecutors were still negotiating the terms of any plea agreement - namely which allegations Hurd would acknowledge in an eventual plea.
Former Major League Baseball player Carl Everett has been arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.
The Associated Press reports that Everett, who played as an outfield in the MLB for 14 years with teams like the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox, was arrested Monday night at his suburban home in his hometown of Tampa.
Information about his arrest was not immediately available and Everett's attorney didn't respond to calls for comment.
Everett is being held without bond in the Hillsborough County Jail.
The Sports Network reports that former NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor, 52, has been sentenced to six years of probation in New York on Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old girl.
Taylor had previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child in the case.
Taylor was arrested in May by police responded to a report of a rape at a Montebello, New York hotel.
Court documents in a case against the girl's alleged pimp state that Taylor admitted to having sex with the girl but was told that she was 19 years old.
Taylor spent 13 seasons with the New York Giants and was a player on two Super Bowl-winning teams before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor -- who was facing rape charges in a much-reported New York case -- has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute so that he'll avoid jail time, the New York Post reported.
The hall-of-fame player, 51, had been accused of having sex with a 16-year-old runaway girl at a hotel in May in exchange for $300, the paper reported.
His lawyers have asked that he get six years' probation, but the judge will decide the terms of probation in March, the Post reported.
Former Alvarado assistant football coach Cody Ledbetter (shown right and below), once a standout quarterback in college and in the pros, was on his way back to Texas on Tuesday, where he faces more than 20 years in prison, according to Johnson County authorities.
Ledbetter, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 16-year-old student, fled the country last year when it appeared his probation was about to be revoked. Ledbetter, 37, turned himself in to the Ottawa Police Service in Ontario, Canada, in August while accompanied by his lawyer.
Ledbetter starred as quarterback at Stephenville High School and New Mexico State University, where he led Division I-A in total offense in 1995. He also played professionally with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.