The New Jersey Record reports that Walcott, 23, punched the man in the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club on Main Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday. The victim, 24-year-old Derrick Jones, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
From 2009 through 2012, Walcott played linebacker and defensive end for the University of Virginia. He was suspended from the University of Virginia football team two years ago after he and two teammates were arrested following an altercation on the James Madison University campus in Harrisonburg, Va. He was reinstated after the charges against him were dismissed, according to news reports published at the time.
This news comes during what has been a shaky (from a legal standpoint) offseason for the Browns, including arrests of rookie defensvie end Armonty Bryant (DUI) and veteran outside linebacker Quentin Groves (soictation of prostitutes), as well as the two-game suspension of wide receiver Josh Gordon (substance abuse). Running back Trent Richardson was named in a lawusuit, but recent reports state that no charges will be filed.
The Browns issued a one-line press release on the matter stating that the team was “aware of the situation.”