Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys announced the signing of former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Many fans were hopeful that the Bears would re-sign Melton, but the team decided it was best to part ways. Reasons for the move could have been his recovery from an ACL injury, or he might have been looking to receive more money than the Bears felt they could give.
There could be another reason, however. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in connection to Melton’s arrest in a Dallas restaurant in December.
Police reports stated that Melton threw punches at restaurant staff and bit the manager as they tried to remove him from the premises.
New details are emerging as the lawsuit moves forward, and it does not paint Melton in a good light.
WFAA.com reported that Melton was asked to leave after he became belligerent, telling staff that he was a millionaire and they were just “poor, white trash.”
Jordan Woy, Melton’s agent, released a statement concerning the allegations. “We have recently reviewed the lawsuit and do not believe the validity of the allegations made. We look forward to providing the true facts in court and will defend this matter vigorously.”
The Bears are an organization that does not like to deal with controversies, and players who get in trouble are dealt with harshly. They just do not like any drama.
There were some incidents with another Bears defensive player, Tank Johnson, that the team had to deal with.
Johnson had been arrested on gun charges in December of 2006. Later, in the summer of 2007, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The Bears did not wait to cut Johnson, even before getting all the facts. He was later exonerated of the DUI, but the Bears were through with him anyway.
Of course, the Bears could have made the decision that they just needed a younger, healthier tackle, but the arrest and the details now emerging did not help Melton’s situation in Chicago.
Perhaps a return home may be a good thing for Melton. Whatever happens in his case, here’s to hoping he has future success in the NFL, except whenever he plays against the Bears.