The Browns cut undrafted rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott on Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with attempted murder a day earlier in New Jersey. Walcott was arrested for allegedly punching a man outside a bar in Passaic, N.J., the Record (Bergen County) reported. The Browns signed Walcott, a native of Hackensack, N.J., on May 13 after he tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp. He was a four-year letterman at the University of Virginia. The Browns issued the following statement Wednesday morning: “We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter, and we will not comment.” They later announced Walcott’s release from the team at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday. The team has yet to fill its vacant roster spot. Walcott, 23, punched Derrick Jones, 24, in the head outside the Palace Gentlemen’s Club at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Passaic police detective Andrew White told the Record. Jones remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday at Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, White said. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Walcott was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, White told the Record. Police arrested Walcott on Tuesday morning after he turned himself in, according to the report. Walcott’s bail was set at $500,000, and he was booked Tuesday in the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, N.J., according to jail records. His first hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning. Walcott spent most of the past two months with the Browns in Northeast Ohio. He and the rest of the team’s undrafted rookies were allowed to return home on June 20, three days before the incident outside the bar. Meanwhile, the team’s five drafted rookies received lessons this week about how to stay out of trouble during the NFL Rookie Symposium, which is being held in Aurora and features trips to the Browns’ training facility in Berea and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Undrafted rookies are not invited to the symposium.
Browns cut LB Ausar Walcott after he is charged with attempted murder
Akron Beacon Journal | Jun 27