Lucky Whitehead was Fired by Cowboys After Shoplifting Charge That Turned Out to be a Case of Mistaken Identity
Lucky Whitehead said all along that reports of him being arrested for shoplifting $40 worth of items from a convenience store were a case of mistaken identity. His claims did not stop the Dallas Cowboys from releasing the 25-year-old wide receiver on Monday.
A day later, though, police in Whitehead's home state of Virginia confirmed that the man charged with the crime gave a false identity and is not the former Cowboys player. The player’s full name is Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.
Prince William County police said in a statement on Tuesday: "Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named ‘Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.’, the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Reports surfaced Monday that Whitehead had been charged with that crime and with missing a related court date on July 6. Later that morning following the Cowboys’ first practice of training camp, Whitehead was escorted off the field by a member of the team’s public relations staff, even though he claimed he “didn't know about” the shoplifting case.
“No one had my back,” he told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. “I didn’t even get to clear my name. … I was pretty much being called a liar."
Police said in the statement that the man arrested in the shoplifting case did not have identification on him at the time of the incident, but told officers he was Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr. and even provided a matching social security number and birth date. That information was checked through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, which provided a photo that was compared to the man in custody.
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