Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested Thursday, charged with assaulting a police officer with a cup of hot coffee.
Bess, 28, was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida, ESPN reports. According to an incident report, police arrived at the scene after several passengers complained about Bess’ erratic behavior at a TSA checkpoint.
The Browns wide receiver was “acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down,” the police report said, according to TMZ. An arresting officer noted that Bess appeared to be “under the influence of an unknown narcotic.”
At some point before his arrest, Bess grabbed a cop of hot coffee and squeezed it so hard that it splashed on a police officer, TMZ reports. The former University of Hawaii standout then assumed a “fighting stance,” prompting officers to take defensive action.
In an attempt to subdue Bess, a police officer struck him in the leg with a baton, the police report said. But the move reportedly had “no effect” on Bess, who then removed his shirt and once again prepared to fight the cop.
Rather than further engage Bess, the officer called for backup. When reinforcements arrived at the scene, Bess stopped resisting and was placed under arrest, TMZ reports. He was charged with simple assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Bess’ arrest occurred just one day after a bizarre incident in which the Browns wide receiver posted a photo of what appeared to be a stash of marijuana to his Twitter account. The picture seemed to display a small bag of marijuana, an additional pile of marijuana, and a half-finished blunt.
On Thursday, a Browns spokesperson acknowledged that the team was aware of the photo, but declined to comment further on the situation. “The team is aware of the photos and looking further into the situation and will deal with the matter internally,” the official said in a statement.