Colts cut Rookie S John Boyett following arrest
Boyett was the Indianapolis Colts’ sixth-round pick out of Oregon in April. But Boyett did not practice with the team the entire summer as he spent time on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while recovering from surgery on both knees, that also kept him limited during the majority of his final season at Oregon. Now, Boyett has not hope of making his NFL debut for the Colts after being waived by the team on Tuesday.
According to an Indianapolis police report, Boyett was arrested around 3.a.m Monday outside a bar in downtown of the city. Boyett had been reportedly denied entry at the establishment on account of being too drunk. He left the scene after cussing “at patrons of the bar and people on the sidewalk” but returned a few minutes later after which an employee called on the police.
When an officer tried to take Boyett under arrest, he stiff-armed the police and fled on foot. The police chased him down two alleys from the bar. It reportedly took four officers to subdue the 5-foot-10, 203-pound Boyett.
To provide further cause of embarrassment, all the while during the arrest Boyett kept yelling at the officers “You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.”
The 23-year-old Boyett also made fun of an officer’s appearance and threatened to comeback and break the jaw of another. Boyett was booked at the Marion County Jail. He was released Monday morning after appearing in front of the judge and positing a $150 bail.
Boyett seemed regretful for his actions and fearful for the future of his NFL career, when he issued a statement afterwards.
“I want to apologize to Mr. Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts organization and the Indianapolis police. The Colts gave me an opportunity and I blew it,” Boyett said. “My behavior didn't and doesn't represent who I am. I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself. All I can do now is learn from it and never repeat it. I look forward to showing my true character in the future.”
But the apology came a little too late.
Boyett’s arrest was the fourth major incident the regarding player conduct that the Colts have faced this season. Earlier this year, wide receiver LaVon Brazil was suspended for four games due to violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Tight end Weslye Saunders, who was released by the Colts in July, was suspended eight games for violating the league’s performance enhancement abuse policy. Third-year safety Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington D.C. on weapons charge and resisting arrest.