Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Damon Arnette, the troubled cornerback who attended St. Thomas Aquinas, was a first-round pick of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, and spent a brief time on the Dolphins’ practice squad late last season, was arrested Tuesday morning on Miami Beach, according to a report.
Arnette, a 25-year-old free agent, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, among other charges, and was pulled over twice by Miami Beach police between Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to TMZ.com.
Arnette was pulled over at 8:56 p.m. Monday night in his gray Dodge Charger and issued a citation for driving with a suspended license. Police allowed another “licensed driver” in the car to drive after the traffic stop, according to the report.
A few hours later, about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, police noticed the same car and Arnette driving, so they made another traffic stop.
Arnette was arrested for knowingly driving with a suspended license.
When police searched Arnette during the arrest, the report said, they found a baggie with a “white powdery substance” in his pants pocket. Police also said they found a straw cut “into a small piece resembling a device that is common for cocaine usage.”
The Miami Beach incident was the latest in a line of issues for Arnette, who was released by the Raiders in November after a video surfaced of him appearing to threaten to kill someone with a gun.
Arnette signed with Kansas City after his time with the Dolphins ended but was released by the Chiefs in January after he was arrested in Las Vegas for assault with a deadly weapon. Multiple reports say he won’t face charges for that incident.
Arnette was facing a lawsuit from an incident in which he allegedly had a run-in with a valet at a Las Vegas hotel.
Arnette was also facing a lawsuit from a woman who claimed he crashed into her car in October 2020 while he was on his way to practice for the Raiders.
Arnette made seven starts as a rookie in 2020, but spent most of last season battling a groin injury he sustained early in the season. In two NFL seasons he’s totaled 13 games played, seven starts, 29 tackles and four passes defended.