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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Davone Bess was hospitalized against his will a month before trade to Browns

Davone Bess mug shotDavone Bess has been in headlines all week for his erratic behavior, which has included posting a photo on Instagram of what looked like some weed, and an arrest at the airport on Friday where he allegedly assaulted a police officer. Now we’re learning that Bess has exhibited this type of concerning behavior more than once over the past year, including an incident at his home in March where police were called to restrain him.

The Miami Herald reports that Bess was placed in a hospital last March against his will — aka Baker Acted — for his weird behavior on March 13. On that night, a police report says police were called to Bess’ home and observed Bess incoherent and a strong scent of marijuana coming from the master bedroom in the home. Several men were trying to restrain Bess, and the wide receiver was yelling stuff that didn’t make sense.

From The Herald’s report:

Six BSO deputies were needed on that night to restrain Bess, who was screaming, “Hide the guns,” “Where is my weed,” and “I want to get in the end zone; throw me the football,” according to the incident report.

Bess’ mom was even called in from California that day because her son was exhibiting weird behavior. People said he was suffering from insomnia and hadn’t slept in three days. His mother said Bess had no prior psychiatric issues and was on no medication.

The aforementioned incident was never made public, and we seriously doubt whether the Dolphins mentioned it to the Browns prior to trading him to Cleveland. The teams swapped fourth-round picks and Cleveland traded a fifth for Miami’s seventh-round pick as part of the deal. Cleveland signed Bess to a four-year deal that included $5.75 million guaranteed. Again, we have to wonder whether the Browns knew all the details of the March 13 incident before making the trade and signing Bess to the big deal.

Bess posted a career-low 42 catches and 362 yards in 14 games last season. He missed the final two games because of personal reasons and was seen sharing a marijuana picture while he was away from the team.


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