Jason Garrett Basically Called Lucky Whitehead A Liar Before Cutting Him...Due To A False Allegation
TMZ- Lucky Whitehead was telling the TRUTH -- he was not the man arrested for shoplifting on June 22, this according to Prince William County officials who say the REAL perp was an imposter.
We spoke with Commonwealth's attorney, Paul Ebert, who says the case against ex-Dallas Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead has been dropped after an internal investigation into the arrest.
Long story short ... Ebert says the man was only "verbally identified" by the arresting officer at the crime scene. The arrestee did not have I.D. on him.
The man told cops he was Lucky Whitehead and gave them Lucky's information, including birthday and social security number, Ebert says.
The officers ran the information through the DMV system and believed the man they had arrested matched the photo of "Lucky Whitehead" that was on file.
After Lucky publicly declared his innocence, claiming he wasn't even in the state of Virgnia at the time of the arrest, officers went back and reviewed surveillance video at the convenience store.
Footage showed the suspect was NOT Lucky Whitehead.
Lucky's agent, Dave Rich, tells TMZ Sports, "Lucky is thrilled justice was served and his name was cleared. It's a shame that he came into town to do a camp for kids and he ended up getting cut by his professional football team."
In a weird way that completely lacks any logic whatsoever, I think the Dallas Cowboys just managed to achieve vindication for failing to recalibrate their organization's moral compass throughout the years. Consider this, they just caused themselves more trouble trying to rid themselves of an alleged troublemaker than they did while repeatedly turning a blind eye to their starting running back's laundry list of precarious situations that have just magically (i.e. monetarily) managed to avoid litigation.
It's generally a bad idea to take professional athletes at their word when those words are "I'm innocent!", but the organization that finally decided to concede talent due it's rap sheet just got validated for having a long standing absurdly high trust/bullshit tolerance in it's players. For maybe the first time ever, the Cowboys didn't defend a seemingly indefensible story...and it's ended up being as bad of a look for them as that time they knowingly signed a sociopathic domestic abuser to channel his psychosis into sacking the quarterback. They took a seemingly honorable stand against dishonesty and the results were somehow worse than when they refused to take an honorable stand against multiple accounts of assault.
I know Lucky Whitehead wasn't only cut because "it wasn't me" is a terrible defense when the culprit was identified by your name, birthday, and social security number. Obviously the fact that he's just not that good of a football player had a significant impact on the damage that a false allegation did to his job security. Hell, Ezekiel Elliott could tell Jason Garrett that he didn't spit in his eye while Jason Garrett was wiping the spit out of his eye, and the Cowboys Head Coach would act as if he were 'Half-Baked' and respond with "I believe him, yo. I don't know why, but I do". Ultimately, there's a direct correlation between talent and how much shit it's possessor is able to get away with. Just don't think for a damn second that Jerry Jones is the type of person to admit that instead of saying "see, that's why you should always defend your employees, no matter how absurdly guilty they look!".
Lucky Whitehead is currently heading to the Jets wondering whether or not he would have been better off getting locked up for stealing a 'Kit-Kat', and his former team gets to pretend that they gave morality the old college try when all they really did was try to make people forget they only employ criminals that offer more than mediocre kick return skills. Between this and the stolen dog ransom situation, I can't help but think it might be time for a name change.