BEREA—It wasn’t a very merry Christmas for at least two Browns players got in some legal trouble after Armonty Bryant and De’Ante Saunders were stopped on Christmas Day in a traffic stop. No other details have been released, but a later report said that only Saunders was arrested.However, in a statement released by the Browns, it alluded that both players were arrested.
“We are aware of the arrests of De'Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning,” Browns GM Ray Farmer said in a statement. “These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions.
“Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter,” Farmer continued. “In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.”
Multiple reports have said that Bryant had the prescription drug Adderall in his possession and Saunders was charged with OVI and also had a weapon in his possession.
Bryant had a checkered past in college and slipped to the seventh-round (217th overall) where the Browns drafted him from East Central Oklahoma in 2013. He is second on the team in 2015 with 5.5 sacks and has 28 tackles in 14 games. Saunders has been on the practice squad most of the season, but was elevated to the active roster to play against the Bengals and had one tackle.