Uh-ohOPENING OF CAMP DOESN'T MEAN CLOSING OF JAIL
Just as the "days without an arrest" counter made a rare return to the land of two digits, we can set it back to zero.
Thank you, Anthony Hargrove.
Hargrove, a Bills defensive end, is charged with striking a police officer early Sunday morning in Rochester.
Per R News, police responded to reports of fighting on St. Paul Street, and used pepper spray to disperse a crowd of 300 to 400 people. Hargrove was inadvertently struck with the strong gas cloud, and then intentionally (allegedly) struck a police officer in the face, busting his glasses.
Which, of course, eventually resulted in Hargrove getting sprayed again.
Hargrove is charged with harassment, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. His brother, Terrence, also has been charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
Hargrove is a fourth-year player from Georgia Tech. He spent his first two seasons with the Rams, starting in four games as a rookie and 15 in his second year. He started the first four games of the 2006 season with the Rams before going AWOL. In October, he was traded to the Bills for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft.
He currently is listed as the second string right defensive end, behind Aaron Schobel.
In the offseason, the Bills offered to Hargrove the low-level restricted free agent tender of $850,000. Since the payment is not guaranteed, the arrest could be enough to get Hargrove released.
First off, if I got mistakenly pepper sprayed, I think I would be livid as well. I doubt I would have punched a cop, but hey, ya never know.
Anyways, this could be trouble for Hargrove. I'm sure Marv, Ralph and co. aren't exactly going to be thrilled about this. With that blurb about his contract have no guarantees, this could spell the end of him in Buffalo, especially if Ah-You looks like he can contribute. However, I don't see Hargrove getting released over this. I don't see this as too serious of an offense (yes punching a cop is bad, but I don't doubt him for being extremely pissed off at the time) compared to what we've seen around the league prior. I hope he receives a game or two suspension over this, but releasing him would be pretty drastic. I like Hargrove as a player and am interested to see if he can help us this year and provide more of a pass rush. I guess we'll have to wait and see if he'll get the opportunity here.....