Talk about bad timing. Dallas Cowboy’s wide-out Kevin Olgetree, known more for his speed on the field than off, was arrested Friday afternoon in Coppell, TX. Ironically, the arrest came after Olgetree was pulled over for speeding. Unfortunately, this incident happens right as the Cowboys are in the midst of making their final decisions about who will be on their 53 man roster this season.
When local police ran 24 year old Olgetree’s license, they discovered he had an arrest warrant out for unpaid traffic tickets. Those tickets were issued for driving without a license and, you guessed it, speeding. I see a pattern here.
Olgetree paid a bond in the amount of $597 and is now a free man. But his troubles are far from over. Under the NFL Conduct Policy, the third year veteran could face disciplinary action from the league. Olgetree could also face a similar action from the Cowboy’s themselves. The team is said to be aware of the situation, but has no comment about it at this time.
The former undrafted free agent from Virgina is expected to become the third wide receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant this year. But could this incident affect Ogletree’s status with the team?
The real question is: Is there a chance Olgetree could be cut today? I really don’t think so. We’re talking about a young man with maturity issues. (like there has never been one of those before) And Olgetree doesn’t have a history of bad mistakes. Plus, these are lousy speeding tickets. Think about how much illegal stuff Michael Irvin was involved in back in the day. And he’s in the Hall of Fame!
But this incident has to, at the very least, place a bad taste in the mouth of Coach Jason Garrett. The idea that this could be the start of something bad with this kid has to be brewing in the back of his mind.
And Coach Garrett has clearly stated that they are actively looking for help at the wide receiver position. They’ve also mentioned the desire to pick up waived players from other teams after the 53 man cuts today.
But cutting Olgetree, while not totally out of the realm of possibilities, is just highly unlikely. I see the team giving him the benefit of the doubt here. And chalking it up to a young man’s simple mistake.
But consider this: if it were Dez Bryant being arrested instead of Kevin Olgetree, it would be the headline story on SportsCenter!