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Cleveland Browns WR Davone Bess Charged With Assault At Fort Lauderdale Airport

By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat Reporter
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A mug shot taken of Browns receiver Davone Bess following his arrest in Florida on Jan. 17, 2014 / (Photo courtesy Broward County Sheriff's Office)

A mug shot taken of Browns receiver Davone Bess following his arrest in Florida on Jan. 17, 2014 / (Photo courtesy Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

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CLEVELAND (CBSCleveland) – Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested for assaulting an officer/firefighter Friday morning.

Bess, 28, was taken into custody by police at Fort Lauderdale International Airport around 6:19 a.m. and charged with assault on an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer/obstruction with violence.

Bess was released from the Broward County Jail after posting a $100 bond around 10:30 AM according to an information officer at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

The Browns issued the following statement following his arrest, “The team is aware of the situation and currently working to gather more information.”

According to a police report obtained by 92.3 The Fan from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Bess “appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic due to his irrational behavior.”

Bess was “acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down” when Deputy Thomas O’Brien approached him to see if he was OK. Bess did not respond to O’Brien and proceeded to take a cup of coffee that did not belong to him and when asked to sit down and put the coffee back on the counter, Bess squeezed and broke the cup causing the coffee to spill on the officer.

According to the report, “Bess proceeded to take a fighting stance,” and O’Brien, who stated that he feared he “was about to be battered,” struck him in the leg with a baton in an effort to subdue him. Bess, unfazed, removed his shirt and “took up a fighting stance refusing repeated orders to get on the ground.”

Bess “finally complied and was taken into custody” after back up units arrived on scene.

The arrest is just the latest incident in a disturbing month for the receiver.

Bess missed a pair of practices on Dec. 19 and 20, 2013 due to personal reasons and was placed on the non-football/reserve list for the final 2 games of the regular season to tend to what a source termed, “a serious family matter.”

At the time, the Browns declined to comment further on Bess’ situation out of respect for him and also not to compromise any privacy laws concerning his condition but stressed that his excused absence from the team had nothing to do with illegal activity.

On Dec. 20, Bess posted this photo on his now-private Instagram account of him lighting up a homemade cigarette that could also be confused with a blunt while next to a photo of late reggae star Bob Marley and wearing a Rastafarian flag around his shoulders. Bess posted another photo on Jan. 2 on his Instagram account that appeared to be a close up of the Dec. 20 picture.

On Thursday, Bess posted a picture on his Twitter account showing what could be marijuana, a drink of some kind, a cigar, and the documentary ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ showing on the television.

Related: Browns Looking Into Another Photo Tweeted By WR Davone Bess

Bess, who was acquired by the Browns from Miami during draft weekend last April, is a Rastafarian and the Rasta way of life also includes the spiritual use of marijuana.

Bess finished the season with 42 catches for 362 yards – both career lows – in 14 games.

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