Cowboys' Player Cut For Shoplifting Found Innocent - Team's Reaction Stuns

Lucky Whitehead, 25, was wrongly accused of shoplifting from a Wawa convenience store in Woodbridge, Virginia, and the initial news cost him his job. Whitehead was a wide receiver with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and the team cut him for the transgression. He attempted to explain to the team that the charges were completely bogus, but the team wasn’t hearing it. The team wished him well in future endeavors - and then Whitehead was proven to be completely correct.

As the Daily Mail shares, the team has given no indication that Whitehead will be receiving his job back, and that’s led a ton of observers to cry foul. So how did this even happen? It was a case of mistaken identity, and the police department at the center of things has taken ownership for that.

“At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead's identity was falsely provided to police during the investigation. The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident,” a statement from the Prince William County Police Department read in part, adding that “The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family.”

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has been peppered with questions about what went down, but he’s standing firm by the team’s decision.

“Yesterday we made a decision that we thought was in the best interest of them, and we stand by that decision,” he said.

Alright. But why won’t the team take the same firm stance with star running back Ezekiel Elliott? Just last week, Elliott was alleged to have been in a bar fight. That story was eventually refuted, but there wasn’t even so much as a whisper that Elliott was at risk of losing his gig.

“We're still gathering information on what that whole situation was. Zeke's someone we believe very strongly in as a person and as a football player,” Garrett commented. “We're going to continue to believe in him and try to put a structure around him -- and all of our players - to help them make great decisions and grow, grow both on and off the field.”

Double standard much? In essence, that sends a message to the team that if you’re a star, we’ll deal with your nonsense. However, if you’re just an average player, there will be hell to pay. For Whitehead’s part, he’s taking the high road.

“There’s not much I can do at this point. Like I said, I told them that it wasn’t true and no one had my back. Whatever point they were trying to make, I guess they thought they made it. But like I said, I didn’t do this stuff I was accused of. I wasn’t perfect. I’ve been late to a meeting. But as far as legally getting in trouble… no,” he said. “It gave them an opportunity and they took it. How everything went down, it’s not the end of me. I just want to get back playing football.”

Source: Daily Mail
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