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Aaron Berry's lawyer: Detroit Lions rushed to judgment

  • By Matt Wilhalme NFL.com
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Aaron Berry was cut by the Detroit Lions on Monday, just two days after his second arrest in less than a month.


 

Aaron Berry's lawyer, Corky Goldstein, believes the Detroit Lions rushed to judgment by releasing the cornerback Monday.

"I just feel really, really badly that they've made the decision to release him because they don't have the facts," Goldstein told NFL.com and NFL Network on Monday.

Formal charges haven't been filed against Berry, although Goldstein said he expects them to come in the next few days.

Berry's second arrest in less than a month was the last straw for the Lions, who terminated his contract because of "personal conduct which adversely affects the club," according to the team.

"This certainly was not of that level," Goldstein said when learning of the Lions' decision to cut his client. "This was not of the level of what I'm used to people getting released for."

Harrisburg, Pa. police arrested Berry on Saturday on three charges of simple assault.

Harrisburg Police Cpl. Lydell Muldrow told the Detroit Free Press that Berry brandished a gun at three people after the driver of his rental vehicle nearly backed into them as they tried to cross the street.

Berry wasn't required to post bail and was released on his own recognizance.

The cornerback recently waived his preliminary hearing on DUI and other charges stemming from a June 23 arrest. Berry recently began the process of enrolling in Pennsylvania's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a diversion program for first-time offenders, which would result in his record being expunged upon completion.

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Now, however, if Berry is convicted or pleads guilty to these new assault charges, he will be removed from the diversion program and face the charges.

The Saturday run-in with authorities drew the wrath of the Lions' organization, which has seen its name sullied by the seven combined arrests of Johnny Culbreath, Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure and Berry this offseason.

The frustration isn't limited to just the front office and coaching staff. One former teammate of Berry's reportedly told CBSSports.com that the Lions have become the "laughingstock" of the NFL because of their trouble with the law.

Ultimately, it was just too much for the Lions to bear.

"I don't know, I would have thought that they would have at least waited until they found out what had happened here," Goldstein said of Berry, who drove to Detroit on Sunday night for training camp. "I guess because of the second charge they decided to make that call (to release him), but that's their decision. They have the right to make that decision."

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