Malik McDowell has a ton of explaining to do, but he may be doing without the backing of a team should the Browns part ways with him.
The Cleveland Browns defensive tackle was arrested in Deerfield Beach, Fla., on Monday after police say he walked naked into a children’s learning center and violently attacked a deputy.
According to police, surveillance footage shows the 25-year-old walking naked onto learning center property while classes were in session. The police report added there was a “violent attack” that left the deputy “dazed.”
TMZ has seen dropped the footage showing him naked and in handcuffs on the ground.
The Browns signed McDowell in May 2021 and he started 14 games this season, appearing in 15 games total. He finished with 33 combined tackles — 19 of them solo tackles — and three sacks.
“We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Browns said in a statement. “We understand the severity of this matter and our thoughts are for the well-being of all involved. We will have no further comment at this time.”
McDowell was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 draft, but he never played a single snap for them.
He has had a number of run-ins with the law and he may have finally ran out of chances to get himself right. This arrest might mean the end of his NFL career.