A player for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals is in the news after a scuffle with employees at a Scottsdale hotel ended up with him in handcuffs.
Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was reportedly drunk when he clashed with security personnel at the W Hotel while trying to use the restroom which was only for guests. Instead of simply deciding to go elsewhere or take a leak in the parking lot, the second year player presented the team with a public relations headache because he couldn’t control his temper.
The Cardinals were expecting big things from the former Texas A&M star but thanks to his drunken escapade, he will almost certainly face possible disciplinary action and is an unnecessary distraction right before training camp opens.
— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) July 18, 2018
According to ESPN:
Seals-Jones, who police said appeared to be drunk with “bloodshot watery eyes,” tried to enter the hotel through its main entrance to use the restroom but was told the hotel was open only to guests at that time, according to the report.
He then walked over to the entrance of a sushi restaurant that’s connected to the hotel and entered after moving ropes and stanchions that were set up to block non-guests from entering. Seals-Jones told police that he went over the ropes because he wanted to use the restaurant’s restroom.
Once inside, where he moved another set of ropes and stanchions, according to the report, Seals-Jones was confronted by staff of the hotel who tried to get Seals-Jones to leave but, according to the report, that’s when he became physical.
“He became combative, pushed me,” one of the hotel employees said in the report.
The employee explained that Seals-Jones “shoved” him in the shoulder. That, according to the report, is when the hotel employees “went hands on” Seals-Jones, tackling him to the ground in an attempt to get him out of the hotel.
Another member of the hotel’s security team said once inside the hotel, Seals-Jones “muscled his way in by pushing him back with his elbow to his shoulder and chest,” according to the report. Seals-Jones then pushed that member of security and another one, and it was “pretty forceful,” like “being moved by an offensive lineman.”
According to surveillance video from the hotel detailed in the report, the hotel employees and Seals-Jones were seen “rapidly” coming out of the sushi restaurant’s entrance and falling over benches. They all walked away toward the valet area of the hotel’s entrance and then another struggle began, with Seals-Jones ending up on the ground.
The police soon arrived and arrested him. He was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and third-degree criminal trespassing.
Unfortunately for Seals-Jones none of the area’s multiple Starbucks locations were open in the wee hours of the morning when the incident occurred. It has not been reported whether he went in his pants on the way to jail.