On Friday, reports surfaced that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess had been arrested at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and charged with assaulting a Broward sheriff’s deputy, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
In light of his recent arrest, details are beginning to surface about the erratic and violent behavior in the past.
An incident that was not previously not made public is now surfacing, where Bess is depicted as a violent, unstable man who was having a meltdown.
According to the Miami Herald, Bess was at his home ten months ago where he was restrained by police as he was screaming, ”Hide the guns,” “Where is my weed,” and “I want to get in the end zone; throw me the football.”
He was playing for the Miami Dolphins at the time of the incident. Bess was hospitalized against his will by his family shortly after — or Marchman acted, as it is also known.
The violent and unstable behavior falls perfectly in line with the picture that we have of Bess in the moments leading up to his arrest at the airport. The Miami Herald provided details:
Early in the morning, Bess was seen strangely walking down the airport concourse “acting irrationally” — singing and dancing with his pants falling down.
When BSO’s Thomas O’Brien, who works the airport detail and was in uniform, approached Bess, the Cleveland Browns wideout crushed a cup of coffee on him and got into a fighting stance.
O’Brien, fearing for his safety, struck Bess in the leg with his ASP (baton). It apparently had no effect, because Bess took off his shirt and got back into a fighting stance.
Finally, after backup arrived, Bess surrendered and was taken into custody. The deputy believes Bess, who was later released on bond, was on drugs at the time of the incident.
“He appeared to be looking through me when I was talking to him,” O’Brien wrote.
When you read the details of the two incidents involving Bess, it is clear that the man is in need of serious help.
There were signs of erratic behavior from Bess over the past few months after leaving the Browns for “personal reasons,” as he began posting images of himself on Instagram on multiple occasions with what appeared to be marijuana.
At this point, Bess’ football career is the least of his concerns.
Hopefully everyone around him will be able to reach him and convince himself to begin focusing on repairing his health so that the situation doesn’t continue to get uglier as time goes on.