Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquis Bundy was arrested early Saturday morning outside a Scottsdale nightclub on suspicion of disorderly conduct and failure to obey police commands, according to a Scottsdale police report.
A dispute with nightclub security staff over a missing or stolen hat escalated into a police confrontation that led to his arrest. (You read that correctly… a hat)
Bundy told officers his hat was missing or stolen from the club, and that he wished to speak with somebody about that, police said.
Several Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and security guards advised Bundy that they had not seen his hat. Bundy, who appeared agitated, requested a deputy provide him a business card, and a deputy complied and provided him with contact information, police said.
Bundy was told he was free to leave, as no crime had been observed. The police report said Bundy, still agitated, approached police officers doing crowd control and began asking that they read, spell and rewrite the MCSO deputy’s information on the business card he had received.
Two of Bundy’s friends approached the player and pulled him back from officers, telling him he was drunk and that it was time to go home, the report said. However, Bundy told them to let him go and approached police officers again.
Scottsdale police officers issued an order to “go away or go to jail,” as Bundy’s friends again grabbed him, pleading with the player to leave the area.
After a third incident and a final warning to leave or be placed under arrest, Bundy broke away from one of his friends and approached an officer again.
He was placed under arrest and was transported to Scottsdale City Jail for processing without incident, police said.
The Cardinals issued a statement saying that club officials were aware of the incident.
“The matter was referred to the NFL office in New York as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy and we are deferring to them on it,” the statement said.
Under the league’s conduct policy, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can fine or suspend a player.
Bundy signed with the Cardinals last year after going undrafted out of the University of New Mexico.