NFL star arrested for ‘criminal speeding’ in Arizona

A superstar NFL wide receiver was arrested for “criminal speeding” in Arizona on Wednesday.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was arrested for driving 126 miles per hour on State Route 101 Wednesday morning, nearly double the posted speed limit on the freeway. He was taken to the Maricopa County Jail and released on his own recognizance later that day after a brief hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the story for the first time.

“The Cardinals’ WR Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with felony speeding Wednesday morning,” Schefter said. wrote on Twitter. “Arizona Department of Security spokesman Bart Graves confirmed that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in north Phoenix and taken to Maricopa County Jail, according to the AP.”

According to local news outlet KPHO, an Arizona state trooper was on Route 101 Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. when he saw a “white passenger vehicle passing all traffic.” The officer reported that the car was traveling at 126 mph, almost double the posted speed limit of 65 mph. The soldier eventually caught up with the vehicle and stopped it. Brown was then arrested and booked.

According to Arizona-based law firm Heath, “criminal speeding” is defined as:

  • Drive more than 35 mph in a school zone;
  • Driving more than 20 mph above the posted speed limit; and
  • Driving over 85 mph on highways and highways.

Criminal speeding is a Class 3 misdemeanor, the firm notes; the maximum penalty is 30 days in jail, a $500 fine with an 83% surcharge and up to one year probation. The minimum sentence is either a court-ordered defensive driving school or a terminal sentence, which means a person has been found guilty of the offense but no penalty has been imposed. The most common penalty is a fine and conviction, which is permanently on the person’s criminal record under Arizona law. Arrests can occur, but are rare, the firm notes.

The Cardinals released a brief statement in response to news of Brown’s arrest. “We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in the statement Wednesday. “We will comment further if appropriate.”

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury reacted to the news during a press conference after practice on Thursday. “[I’m] just glad he’s safe,” Kingsbury said. “We’re still working out the details of all of this, but we’re excited to see it back.”

Kingsbury said Brown was heading to the Cardinals’ stadium to practice when he was arrested.

“He never had any problems [before], obviously he knows he has to be better than that, and he will go ahead,” added Kingsbury. “[It was an] unfortunate incident, can’t do that, and we want to get him back, reinvolve him.

Kingsbury said he still plans to send Brown back to training on Monday as part of his recovery from an injury he suffered while training alone in July.

Brown was drafted from the University of Oklahoma 25th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. He spent three seasons with the Ravens, catching 195 passes for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, reuniting with his former teammate in Oklahoma, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

Brown is the cousin of former Steelers, Patriots and Buccaneers, Antonio Brown.

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