Kansas Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested on charges of felony theft early Monday morning at Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. Pro Football Talk first reported the news which has been confirmed by LBS, and they write that “the charge, under Indiana law, is a Class-D felony.”
Switzerland County Jail in Indiana did not have details regarding the arrest and LBS has reached out to the Indiana Gaming Commission for more information. We do know that Vrabel was released on a $600 cash bond.
We’ll have more information when it becomes available, but we know we’re not alone in saying of all people who could have gotten into trouble over the NFL off-season, Mike Vrabel was one of the names we would least expect. Keep up with LBS on twitter for more updates. Between this incident and Louis Murphy’s arrest, it’s been a bad weekend for NFL players.
UPDATE: Vrabel, through his agent, says it was a misunderstanding.
UPDATE II: KMBC in KC says, “The incident involved bottles of alcohol taken from a casino eatery. Indiana Gaming Commission Director of Enforcement Kenny Rowan said Vrabel was observed by an enforcement agent taking the bottles of alcohol from a deli without paying for them. He said Vrabel was very cooperative during the investigation and posed no problems during the arrest.”
If that is indeed what led to the arrest, then Vrabel really did get a bad deal and the law in Indiana should be modified.
UPDATE III: Rowan spoke with LBS and confirmed that the theft was over eight bottles of beer. He had no further knowledge if Vrabel was intoxicated and if that played a role in the theft.Google+