The Dallas Cowboys announced today that they cut wide receiver Lucky Whitehead after a bizarre turn of events that led to a warrant for Whitehead’s arrest for missing a court date, even though Whitehead said he was never arrested in the first place.

The warrant was issued because Whitehead was reportedly arrested for shoplifting on June 22 in Virginia, and he failed to show up for a July 6 court date. However, Whitehead said he wasn’t actually arrested and this is a case of mistaken identity.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said he’s seen flight receipts that show Whitehead wasn’t in Virginia when the shoplifting allegedly occurred.

However, the Cowboys cut Whitehead anyway. That’s an interesting decision, given that the Cowboys stood by players who have been accused of far worse. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott has faced no team discipline, and has been defended by owner Jerry Jones, after being accused of domestic violence, and of assault at a bar. Recent cornerback signee Nolan Carroll is still with the team after being charged with DWI. The team also signed Greg Hardy in 2015 after Hardy was convicted of domestic violence.

Whitehead has recently been in the news, because he said someone was holding his dog for ransom. He eventually got his dog back.

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