Imagine being wrongfully identified and arrested for something you didn’t do.


Now imagine the same scenario while being a professional football player.


Now imagine those two scenarios combined with the fact that you’re playing for the Dallas Cowboys.



These three scenarios combined are what Cowboys Wide Receiver Lucky Whitehead has had to endure all due to a misunderstanding.


Earlier this year, it was reported that Whitehead had been arrested for shoplifting. After an investigation, it was found that the actual perpetrator was not Whitehead, but someone who upon arrest has identified himself as the receiver, giving his full name and social security information on top of it.


Identity fraud is common among professional athletes as their open lives make them very susceptible to others trying to take advantage of their wealth and access. However, this usually occurs in terms of money, not upon an arrest.


For Whitehead, this peculiar situation left him at a crossroads. Not only did he have to clear this up for his own personal life, but he also had to make sure this was cleared up with the head brass in Dallas who signs his paychecks.


The situation had obviously not been handled on the Cowboys in a timely fashion as they entered their first day of training camp having to answer questions as to why they released Whitehead.


Check this out: After the police investigation, it had been cleared up that Whitehead was in no wrong and that the perpetrator had used Whitehead’s identity upon arrest. However, this statement was issued after the Cowboys had already done the damage of releasing Whitehead under the thinking that he had been directly involved.


(USA Today)

So when reporters asked coach Jason Garrett about the clear misunderstanding, instead of owning up to the mistake, he instead gave the recurring answer, “Yesterday we made a decision that was deemed to be in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We’re standing by that decision. We’re going to move on.”


To me, and obviously to Whitehead himself, this is a clear runaway from guilt. The Cowboys made the decision to cut Whitehead under false pretenses and even after the facts came out that he was being framed, they stood on their laurels and tried to make it seem like this decision was in the best interest of the team regardless.


In the world of sports, many teams would have leaned towards cutting this type of player under the circumstances that he was initially under. However, after hearing the facts, you think that a “class” organization like the Cowboys would have enough dignity to own up to their misinterpretation. Clearly, they are above that though and Whitehead, though not guilty of shoplifting, is clearly guilty of being on the short end of the stick.


Do you think that the Cowboys should have cut Whitehead? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.