According to NFL Network’s Jason La Confora, Mike Vrabel’s arrest early Monday had to do with how many beers should be on a bar tab. The Kansas City Chiefs LB released a statement on the matter through his agent.
“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication. I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”
In Indiana, theft of any sort, regardless of the monetary value, is a felony. The matter is expected to be resolved within days, according to the source, with a dismissal for want of prosecution expected given the nature of the misunderstanding and nominal value of the few beers in question.
KMBC reports it was a bit more than a couple extra beers on a bar tab.
Indiana Gaming Commission Director of Enforcement Kenny Rowan said Vrabel was observed by an enforcement agent taking the bottles of alcohol from a deli without paying for them. He said Vrabel was very cooperative during the investigation and posed no problems during the arrest.
As we suggested when the news broke, it looks like Vrabel simply got caught up in a misunderstanding. With the lawsuit he is named in against the NFL heading to court on Wednesday, this is the last thing that Vrabel wanted to have to deal with.
Hopefully next time Vrabel will either bite the bullet and pay for a few extra $12 beers that a casino is trying to stick on his tab or pay for liquor before he and his friends decide they are still thirsty, depending on what exactly happend. Either way, this is an embarrassing situation that Vrabel could have easily avoided.