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Lucky Whitehead on Treatment from Cowboys: “I Was Pretty Much Being Called a Liar”
Lucky Whitehead is pretty frustrated by the way he was treated by the Dallas Cowboys this week, and it’s hard to blame him.
On Monday, at 1:28 p.m. ET, TMZ published a story claiming that Whitehead had been arrested for shoplifting in Virginia on June 22. Two hours later he was released by the Cowboys.
Usually when players are arrested, teams issue statements saying they are “aware of the situation” and “gathering information” before they take any “disciplinary action.” If the Cowboys had done that in this case, Lucky Whitehead would still have a job, because, as we all know by now, the guy was completely innocent. However, the Cowboys didn’t do that. For whatever reason—they literally won’t say why—they just decided to cut Whitehead immediately.
Speaking to the Morning News‘s Jon Machota via phone on Tuesday, Whitehead said he tried to tell the Cowboys his side of the story, but they weren’t interested in hearing it.
“Let’s not sugarcoat anything,” Whitehead said. “I was pretty much being called a liar.”
Whitehead clarified that he’s not talking about his teammates. “They believed me,” he said. But the coaches and executives? He feels their behavior was pretty hypocritical given how much they preach accountability and responsibility.
“As far as the stuff that was preached [by Jason Garrett], I was left out to dry,” Whitehead told the Morning News. “You see the mantras that are all around The Star. I mean, by 12:45 I figured out that this is even going on. By 2:30 I was released. What’s the real reason? Let me clear my name. I didn’t have time to do that.
“I was pretty much called a liar.”
Hopefully Lucky doesn’t take all this too personally. It’s not like the Cowboys have ever been good judges of character. In fact, this is a team that practically seeks out players accused of domestic violence.