Branden Albert reportedly tackled officer at jewelry store after being tased
NFL offensive lineman Branden Albert was arrested on a felony charge in Atlanta earlier in the week, and the reports surrounding the incident make it sound like far more than a misunderstanding.
According to TMZ, Albert was arrested at a jewelry store on Wednesday after he punched a hole in a jewelry cabinet and got into a physical altercation with the security guard at the store, who was an off-duty Atlanta Police Department officer. Albert and some friends reportedly tried to access a part of the store where customers were not allowed, and the 33-year-old was confronted by the security guard over it. That’s when Albert “punched a jewelry cabinet which left a very large hole” and tried to leave.
The officer then reportedly used his taser on Albert, but the former first-round pick powered through it. Here’s more:
That’s when the cop says Albert pushed him and tried to leave. The officer drew his taser and deployed it … knocking Albert to the ground.
But Albert simply PULLED THE PRONGS OUT and got up! The officer chased him but Albert stopped, turned around and TACKLED THE COP!
Eventually, Albert stopped fighting and congratulated the cop on “a good tussle.” The cop arrested him anyway. He was booked into jail for damage to property and obstruction of law enforcement.
Albert, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2017 season. He briefly retired before changing his mind and trying to return, but there was some drama and the Jags ended up releasing him.
Albert is a two-time Pro Bowler, but the arrest coupled with the fact that he is 33 and did not play football last season does not bode well for his NFL future.