DALLAS, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have officially announced the release of wide receiver Lucky Whitehead on Monday afternoon hours after learning of a reported June arrest on theft charges.
News broke Monday morning of an arrest warrant being issued for Whitehead's arrest in his home state of Virginia for failing to appear for a July 6 court date. Whitehead was to appear before a judge for a June 22 incident in which he was charged with misdemeanor larceny for shoplifting an amount less than $200.
Those charges have since been dropped after Prince William County Police Department officials say Whitehead's information was "falsely provided" during the theft investigation and arrest of a now unknown individual.
"Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney's Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation," read a statement from the department. "The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family."
Cowboys officials say, despite Whitehead's clearing, he was released on a "culmination of things over a period of time."
“I just think we’ve given Lucky a lot of different chances along the way going back to last year,” Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones stated on DallasCowboys.com. “I think we just decided it was time to go in a different direction.”
The team had taken the field Monday morning in Oxnard, California, for its first day of training camp and walkthroughs.