- The Washington Times - Friday, July 2, 2004

The Washington Redskins cut Kevin Ware yesterday, four days after the second-year tight end was arrested for public intoxication.

Ware’s future with the club was in jeopardy even before his arrest early Sunday morning outside a Houston dance club. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs had already signed or drafted five tight ends/H-backs, and there was little chance Ware would leapfrog them on the depth chart.

But last weekend’s events certainly didn’t help. Gibbs has repeatedly said he wants high-character players on his roster, and it’s hard to believe he would have included Ware in that category.

The 23-year-old Texas native was outside Pangea, a popular Houston nightclub, early Sunday morning when police arrived on a disturbance call. During the course of their investigation, the officers arrested Ware and charged him with public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor.

It wasn’t the first time Ware had been arrested. As a junior at the University of Washington in December 2001, he was charged with felony assault after striking a campus police officer during a fight. Ware ultimately pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault, and received a one-year suspended sentence and 240 hours of community service. He was suspended for Washington’s trip to the Holiday Bowl, but returned to play as a senior.

Signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Ware played in 11 games, starting two at tight end. He caught three passes for 17 yards.


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