As the Green Bay Packers’ front office continues to work through free agency and preparations for the 2017 NFL Draft, as of Sunday night they have been forced to deal with the arrest of one of their players.
According to Michael Cohen of Packersnews.com, cornerback Makinton Dorleant was involved in an incident in an Iowa bar and was arrested.
Dorleant, who was an undrafted rookie in 2016, played his college football at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa — the same town where the incident reportedly occurred this weekend. Also involved was Dorleant’s college teammate, Deiondre’ Hall, who was a rookie for the Chicago Bears last season.
As of Sunday night, the local police department has not posted a public report of the incident. Cohen later revealed some details after a conversation with Dorleant, who reported that he was denied entry to the bar in question. The fact that Dorleant is speaking with reporters is a likely sign that he is no longer being detained.
Dorleant was one of the Packers’ initial rookie free agent signings following the 2016 draft. He made the initial 53-man roster in September, but was immediately placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He ended up being the Packers’ designated for return player, and he came back in December to played in four games, recording one solo tackle. He was put back on IR in January after suffering a knee injury.
UPDATE: Local TV station KWWL reports that Dorleant was charged with interference, while Hall was tased and given three charges, consisting of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference.