When you are selected as a seventh-round draft pick, the odds to make a NFL roster and become an immediate contributor aren’t always in your favor, especially if you go out and get arrested for DUI less than a week after you are drafted. This is exactly what Cleveland Browns rookie Armonty Bryant decided to go out and do, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Making things even worse for Bryant is the fact that he fell to the seventh-round in large part because of character issues.
Bryant was arrested in Ada, Oklahoma where he blew a he blew a .098 on the breathalyzer after refusing to properly blow into the breath test initially. The legal limit in Oklahoma is .08. This all happened just a few days after Bryant told reporters he learned from his arrests in college that stemmed from twice selling marijuana to undercover police officers.
‘“Good people make mistakes’ is something that I’ve always been told by my [college] coach,” Bryant said. “I feel like it was just a stupid move on my part. I should have been more mature about the situation and be more focused on football, which is something I really want to do with my life.
“Now that I’ve gotten that second chance, I feel like I won’t let anyone down. I won’t let myself, the people around me or the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them for taking this chance on me.”
The Browns also issued a statement in response to Bryant’s latest arrest.
“We are aware of the incident and are now in the process of collecting more information,” Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said in a statement. “We will not have any further comment.”
We will have to see if this incident hurts Bryant’s chances of making the Browns roster or if he will be suspended by the league. Until then, let’s all hope Bryant can stay out of more trouble.