Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested Sunday morning in Florida on a criminal mischief charge, according to multiple reports. On Sunday afternoon, the Miami-Dade County correctional facility’s website confirmed the arrest.
According to the arrest report on the Miami-Dade County correctional facility’s website, Bryant was booked at 9:24 a.m. ET Sunday morning and held on $1,000 bail.
“We’re aware of the situation and are gathering more information,” Raiders spokesman Zak Gilbert said in a statement.
The 27-year-old Bryant is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in March. He was one of the better names in the defensive-tackle market, but his arrest will undoubtedly complicate matters.
Bryant played in all 16 games with the Raiders last season, including eight starts. He had four sacks and 36 tackles, and he forced one fumble. He had a career-high five sacks in 2011.
Desmond Bryant’s arrest caused some initial confusion and led to erroneous reports that similarly named Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had been arrested. Dez Bryant debunked those rumors on his Twitter account early Sunday, writing, “Ooo [expletive] false rumors about jail? Lol I was working out at 2 something in the morning in Dallas tx.”