CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo

News

Browns Cut Rookie Charged With Attempted Murder In N.J.

Ausar Walcott Turned Himself In To Police Tuesday
Linebacker Ausar Walcott (L) of the Virginia Cavaliers runs after running back Dillon Baxter (R) of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Linebacker Ausar Walcott (L) of the Virginia Cavaliers runs after running back Dillon Baxter (R) of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

TRI-STATE NEWS HEADLINES

From our newsroom to your inbox weekday mornings at 9AM.
Sign Up

NEW YORK SPORTS HEADLINES

Get our weekday morning briefs direct from the WFAN newsroom
Sign Up

PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released a rookie who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in northern New Jersey.

Ausar Walcott turned himself in to Passaic police Tuesday after he was identified as a suspect in an incident that happened around 3 a.m. Sunday.

The linebacker was signed by the Browns last month. The team announced his release Wednesday.

Authorities told the Bergen Record that the 23-year-old Hackensack, N.J., native and former University of Virginia player punched 24-year-old Derrick Jones in the head just after The Palace Gentlemen’s Club closed. Police said Jones, who is from New York City, is in critical condition.

Walcott is held on $500,000 bail. It’s not clear if he has a defense lawyer.

“He is a great kid, a hard-working kid,” Walcott’s high school coach, Gordon Whiting, told the paper. “He was never a discipline problem.”

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)