This wasn’t the type of offseason fireworks Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy had in mind for his team when he sent his players on their way following the June minicamp.
Veteran tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested for firing a gun in South Beach at about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public.
“According to the parking attendant,” reads the story in the Miami New Times, “Quarless and another man — identified as Michael Ritchie, a 31-year-old from New York — were leaving the garage in a black Porsche Panamera when they approached a white car filled with several women. An argument ensued, with the attendant hearing the women yell ‘No, get away, leave me alone!’”
Quarless allegedly tried to hide from police while attempting to stash the gun in a nearby plant.
The Packers released a statement on Saturday afternoon: "We are aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless and are in the process of gathering more information. We will withhold further comment."
Quarless finished fifth on the team with 29 receptions for 323 yards and tied for fourth with three touchdowns. A fifth-round pick in 2010, Quarless is entering the final year of a two-year deal agreed to during free agency last offseason. He is set to make a $1.3 million base salary and has a cap number of $1.75 million for 2015.
It hasn’t been a good week for the Packers, with Datone Jones being slapped with a one-game suspension on Thursday for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It’s possible Quarless will be suspended for this incident.
Quarless entered this offseason with high expectations for 2015.
“It starts in the offseason. It starts in practice,” Quarless said. “One of the big things we always say is, ‘Finish to the cone.’ They set up cones 30 yards down the field. It doesn’t matter if they tag you up, you finish. It’s the little things that count and that shows come game time. That’s the little things that I tell my young guys is make sure you finish every play in practice like it’s your last and that’ll carry over to the field.”
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