Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested last Saturday on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespassing, according to KTAR News in Arizona.
Per the Scottsdale Police Department, Seals-Jones attempted to use a restroom both at the W Hotel and in a restaurant within the hotel, but was denied access in both instances, as staff told Seals-Jones only hotel guests were able to use the bathrooms. A hotel employee says Seals-Jones became combative and shoved the employee, but Seals-Jones maintains he tried to walk past the objecting staff before he was forced to the ground. The police report also indicates Seals-Jones appeared intoxicated when he was arrested.
If alcohol was a factor in Seals-Jones’ arrest, it would mark the second alcohol-related Cardinals incident this month. Arizona general manager Steve Keim was arrested and later plead guilty to extreme DUI earlier in July, and has subsequently been suspended and fined by the team. Keim will pay a $200K fine and spend five weeks away from the club, but there’s no word as to whether he’ll also face an NFL ban.
The NFL reserves the right to suspend players who have been involved in off-field incidents, even if said instances don’t result in legal discipline. Seals-Jones’ case may take a while to filter through the legal system, so regardless of outcome, he likely won’t be facing a ban in 2018. League discipline could come after Seals-Jones’ case is resolved, however, meaning a suspension may be looming in 2019.
Seals-Jones, 23, signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2017. While he didn’t manage a reception until late November, Seals-Jones posted three receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans before putting up a 4/72/1 line against the Jaguars the following week. Seals-Jones could be ticketed for starting duty if fellow tight end Jermaine Gresham isn’t ready for Week 1 after suffering a torn Achilles in the 2017 season finale.
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