- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2005

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was arrested last night and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery after turning himself in to the Miami-Dade County Police Department.

Taylor turned himself in at approximately 10p.m. after being at large for at least one day. There was no new information about the nature of the incident, but police department officials said a statement would be forthcoming. Taylor is expected to be arraigned tomorrow.

The Redskins, in their first statement on the situation, said, “We’ve just been made aware of a potential situation in Miami regarding Sean Taylor. The representatives of Taylor are keeping us informed as to the developments. There’s nothing else we can add to the process at this time.”

Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Taylor, did not return a phone message.

On Friday, Taylor was sought in connection with a Wednesday night shooting in southern Dade County. Police said Taylor was in the vicinity of the shooting, but they didn’t elaborate on his role. He was labeled a “person of interest,” and police said he could have been a victim, suspect or witness in the incident.

Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, now most certainly is a suspect. The shooting was part of a dispute in a residential area, according to police. No one was injured.

As of Friday, police also were seeking several other people in connection with the shooting. There was no indication yesterday whether any of those persons had come forward.

The arrest is Taylor’s second in the past eight months. In October, he was arrested for DUI on the Capital Beltway, though he eventually was acquitted of the two charges in that incident.

Since being drafted, the former University of Miami star also has fired two sets of agents, showed up late for the NFL’s rookie symposium and was accused of spitting on an opponent, among other headline-grabbing missteps.

Taylor’s delay in meeting with police wasn’t surprising given that he hasn’t talked to Redskins coach Joe Gibbs all offseason. Gibbs champions the offseason workout program as one of the foundations for team-building, but Taylor is the only Redskin not participating and has yet to tell the team why.

Gibbs conceded last week that Taylor doesn’t fit with the type of team he is trying to build, but the coach said he hasn’t given up on Taylor.


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