Were the Dallas Cowboys right to release Lucky Whitehead?

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 7: Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 7: Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead /

After Dallas Cowboys released receiver/return specialist Lucky Whitehead, it’s fair to wonder if the team made the right call on who to make an “example” out of.

Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has been the latest Dallas Cowboys player to get into trouble with the law this offseason. Except in Whitehead’s case, he might be the only one to have actually not really did anything wrong at all.

Dallas released Whitehead on Monday a few hours after hearing that the third-year wideout had failed to report to court for a shoplifting incident that allegedly occurred back in June. Except the thing is, Whitehead never really had to appear in court.

Because he didn’t actually do anything wrong.

Apparently, the Prince William County police department nabbed the wrong guy, and Whitehead was eventually exonerated of all charges.

The Cowboys, however didn’t wait until Whitehead was proven innocent, and released him mere hours after he was accused of not showing up in court. Whitehead was not happy about his release, and said the Cowboys organization basically called him a “liar”.

"“As far as the whole situation went down, I was blindsided,” Whitehead told John Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I didn’t know about a warrant that came about in the first place. Clearly because I wasn’t the person arrested. The head person [in the Cowboys organization] I told, no one backed me up. No one had my back in the whole situation. I knew about it at what? 12:45. By 2:30 I’m released…I was pretty much called a liar.”"

Although Whitehead has had a couple of small transgressions in the past with Cowboys coaches and surely wasn’t a lock to make the 53-man roster, it’s odd that Dallas decided to make an example out of Whitehead by his release. Linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested for DUI this offseason, yet those two players remain on the roster.

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The Dallas Cowboys organization needed to do something about their players getting in trouble with the law. But the Whitehead incident seems like a tiny blip on a larger scale problem the Cowboys organization has with it’s players. And unfortunately, Lucky wrongfully became the casualty.