We're taking a different spin on our athlete of the week by changing it up to feature the sports star you'd least want to be this week. The player with the dubious honor of being the first recipient of this attention is Mike Vrabel of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Vrabel, besides being a distinguished and established star of the NFL, is a three-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, a member of the NFLPA executive committee and one of the plaintiffs in the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.
And, as of Monday, Vrabel is another in a long list of players who have had brushes with the law.
In Vrabel's case, he was arrested and charged with theft from a riverboat casino. According to reports, he allegedly took eight bottles of beer from an Indiana casino deli, a crime that under Indiana law, is treated as a Class D felony. The charge carries a sentence of between six months and three years in prison.
The embattled linebacker was released on $600 bail and is confident this situation will be resolved.
"It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication," Vrabel said in a statement e-mailed to National Football Post from his agent, Neil Cornrich. "I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter."
In this time of football uncertainty, it is probably being pounded into players NOT to do anything to bring attention unto themselves and while this crime isn't that outlandish, it was committed by one of the premier players on the NFLPA side.
So you know they aren't going to be happy about it!
In the end, this will be resolved with a handslap, if even that, but for now it's just another blackmark on the modern sports star.