A Dallas Cowboys cornerback was recently charged with a second-degree felony assault and arrested on June 15. in Collin County, Texas due to a “road rage incident” that happened in October 2017.
Marquez White, a sixth-round draft pick from Florida State, was driving home one night and tried to exit off the highway when he was reportedly met by an “aggressive driver”, he told the Dothan Eagle. The player tried to merge over to the opposite lane and the person kept speeding up. White then got in front of the man and the passenger proceeded to ride the back of his tail.
White said he hit his brakes the first time and it only made the driver angrier.
“I hit my brakes again and after this time he pulled over to my driver side while still driving and proceeded to yell racial slurs such as the “N” word while also threatening to kill me. Simultaneously, while doing this he began to reach towards his glove box and that is when I flashed my weapon,” the cornerback explained.
The man followed White to his home, sat outside and called the police. Each person gave their side of the story to authorities. The cops took the player’s gun as “evidence” and no arrests were made that day.
White said he found out about the warrant for his arrest during football practice. He added that a female officer contacted him with her personal phone number and told him to “come in to answer a few more questions. I initially agreed to come in, but I postponed this meeting after being advised to not speak without a lawyer present. She assured me that no lawyer was needed, but I was still not comfortable speaking without one present.”
The athlete’s attorney Toby Shook told Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her client did not commit any crime.
“Marquez did everything legally,” Shook expressed. “He displayed a gun, but didn’t point it at this individual because he was very concerned with how this individual was making threats.”
White was charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and turned himself into authorities. He was released on a $7,500 bond the same day, according to court records. He’s to appear in front of the judge on August 10.
The NFL cornerback said he and his legal team believe that “this a personal attack on my image as well as the Star” referring to the Dallas Cowboys’ star logo.