Former NFL star Ryan Mallett was arrested after a two-vehicle collision. Police arrested the ex- quarterback for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Mallet was featured in the XFL’s promotional campaign this summer, but now his future with the league is in question. League owner Vince McMahon said the XFL would not hire players with a criminal record.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett was arrested Tuesday in northwest Arkansas on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, police said.
Mallett was arrested after a two-vehicle collision in Springdale, Lt. Jeff Taylor said. According to TMZ Sports, Mallett crossed over a center line while driving. Officials told the gossip website that he had a blood-alcohol level of .08.
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Mallett played college football for Michigan and Arkansas before turning pro. He was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Mallett spent a few seasons with the Patriots before he was traded to the Houston Texans in 2014. He was released by the Texans in 2015 and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
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He played eight games for Baltimore before being let go. He hasn’t played in the NFL since.
Mallett was part of the rebooted XFL’s summer showcase in Tampa, Fla., earlier in the summer. But the DWI arrest could put his potential career with the XFL in jeopardy before it even begins.
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Vince McMahon announced at the relaunch that the XFL would not have players with a criminal record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report