Detroit Lions cut Aaron Berry after arrests | NFL
The Detroit Lions terminated the contract of defensive back Aaron Berry after his second arrest of the offseason.
Lions cut Berry after arrests
The Detroit Lions have been trapped in an unpleasant cycle this offseason: A player is arrested, the team expresses disappointment and the process repeats itself.
On Monday, the Lions took an additional step after Aaron Berry's second arrest of the summer. They terminated the defensive back's contract.
"We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld," Lions President Tom Lewand said.
The team said it cut Berry, 24, because of "personal conduct which adversely affects the club."
Berry was arrested twice this offseason in Pennsylvania. Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department said he was taken into custody Saturday on three charges of simple assault. Gautsch said there "was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident."
Berry, who is from Harrisburg, was also arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts. He was set to enter a diversionary program as a result of that case.
"Words cannot describe how embarrassed I am right now," Berry said in a statement Monday night.
Audie Attar, Berry's agent, said the defensive back is heading to Chicago on Tuesday to enter the league's substance-abuse program.
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