TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Former University of Tennessee NFL offensive lineman Cosey Coleman has been arrested after authorities say he struck another man and tried to point a gun at him.
Tampa police say officers arrested 37-year-old Coleman at his home Monday morning. Jail records show he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. He was later released on $15,000 bail.Related: Former UT football player Mack Crowder facing child sex charges in Florida
An incident report says Coleman knocked a man to the ground Jan. 11 at Ducky’s Sports Lounge. After being escorted outside, police say, Coleman retrieved a handgun and attempted to point it at the other man, but security stopped him. When police arrived, Coleman was gone.
Coleman was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000. He played five seasons there and two with the Cleveland Browns.
A telephone listing for Coleman was no longer working, and jail records didn’t list an attorney.
Former NFL players in trouble
Federal court documents show that former NFL player Darren Sharper has a new plea hearing set for Thursday, further indication that his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off.
Earlier this month, court records showed that Sharper had renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and was preparing a trial defense. Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal involving charges in four states, but a federal judge deferred acceptance of the deal last year.
In another case involving a former NFL player, Reggie Rucker has been charged in federal court with stealing more than $100,000 from two inner-city Cleveland organizations. The one-time Browns receiver allegedly used the money to pay gambling debts and personal expenses.