Deerfield Beach, FL – Cleveland Browns’ defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested in Florida on Tuesday after he attacked a sheriff’s deputy and roamed the grounds of a preschool completely naked (video below).
The incident began when multiple people called 911 about a naked man wandering around a Deerfield neighborhood, and even walking onto the property of a nearby children’s learning center, WJBK reported.
Officials released multiple 911 calls on Wednesday that came in as the incident progressed, including a call from the preschool where a lockdown could be heard commencing in the background, TMZ reported.
Broward sheriff’s deputies responding to the area.
Cell phone video taken by witnesses showed the 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle rushing at a Broward sheriff’s deputy and then punching the deputy in the face.
The incident report said McDowell struck the deputy “full speed with closed fist,” ESPN reported.
The deputy said in the report that there was no way he could have avoided the attack by the enormous football player, nor was he given any opportunity to “de-escalate” the situation.
The incident report said McDowell slammed into the deputy and punched him in the right eye and on the top of the head, according to ESPN.
The video showed McDowell ran off after he attacked the deputy.
Deputies used a Taser to get the National Football League (NFL) player under control and into handcuffs, ESPN reported.
The deputy sustained a serious injury to his eye that may be permanent as a result of the attack.
McDowell was charged with aggravated battery, resisting an officer, and exposing himself in public, WJBK reported.
“I spoke with the deputy this morning the bruising and swelling as gotten worse since this incident, he’s still having trouble walking as a result of this incident,” a prosecutor said at McDowell’s bond hearing on Tuesday.
Adam Swickle, McDowell’s defense attorney, said in court that he thought his client had been drugged by someone, WJBK reported.
“Apparently somebody may have slipped him something or given him something that he was unaware of which explains some of his bizarre behavior,” Swickle posited.
McDowell was released on a $27,000 bond, ESPN reported.
“We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Cleveland Browns said in a statement. “We understand the severity of this matter and our thoughts are for the well-being of all involved. We will have no further comment at this time.”
This is not the first time that McDowell, who has made $4.7 million in salary during his career, has been in trouble with law enforcement.
McDowell pleaded guilty in 2019 to two resisting arrest charges, operating while intoxicated, and possessing a stolen vehicle, according to the Detroit Free Press.
A police officer saw McDowell’s Jeep speeding and spinning out on a snowy road.
The former Michigan State University football player fought with Lathrup Village police at a gas station when officers caught up with him, according to the Detroit Free Press.
He was sentenced to 153 days in jail and also ordered to write three essays of at least 750 words each while he was inside.
The subjects of the essays were finding the meaning in life other than committing crimes; why it was important to respect the rule of law and the Declaration of Independence and how his behavior undermined those principles, according to the Detroit Free Press.
McDowell was also arrested for disorderly conduct in December of 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia while he was playing for the Seattle Seahawks, TMZ reported.
Watch the incident on Jan. 18 unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: