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.”
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