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Watch: Bodycam Footage of Lonnie Phelps Arrest Going Viral

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On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns organization released former Kansas defensive end Lonnie Phelps after he was charged with drunken driving and causing $300,000 in damage after crashing his vehicle into a restaurant, according to a police report.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening in Key West, Florida, and less than 24 hours later, Phelps was without a job. Phelps, 23, was an undrafted free agent in the 2023 NFL Draft and was part of the Browns’ practice squad last season.

To make matters worse, a video of Phelps was released online, capturing the defensive end, clearly inebriated, going on a drunken rant in the back of a police cruiser following the incident.


In the video, Phelps accused officers of trying to make him appear “off-balance” and at one point even asked the arresting officer not to “kill him.”

“Phelps talked about how thirsty he was,” the report stated, according to TMZ, “how he did not know what I was going to do to him because females are the worst, asked me not to kill him, asked me how long it takes to bail out, how long I was the detective and informed me I was Russian.”

Phelps’ inability to comply with the officers made an already difficult situation that much worse for the young athlete, and now it’s forced him to lose his job.

Over the final two seasons of his career—one at Miami (OH) and the other at Kansas—Phelps recorded 23.0 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, 87 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass defended over 14 starts.

His future in the NFL is now in jeopardy though, but perhaps this situation will be a turning point for the young man who will now be looking for a way to get back to playing the sport that he loves.

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