Bengals RB Mark Walton was arrested last night in Miami (FL) and faces a charge of battery.
David Ovalle was the first to break the news. Andrew Slater added more details on the arrest:
UPDATE: Walton’s car was blocking a garage entrance which started an argument between him and two others, Miami PD tells me— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) February 16, 2019
The RB allegedly grabbed the phone from a woman involved who was recording video
Walton and the woman got into a “tussle”
Both had scratches, cops say
Miami is where Walton grew up and played high school and college football. He was a fourth round draft pick by the Bengals last year.
Despite injuries impairing the team at running back early on in his rookie year, Walton didn’t receive a lot of carries. He finished the year with 34 yards on just 14 attempts along with 41 receiving yards on five receptions. Walton primarily played special teams, which is mainly why the Bengals drafted him.
Of course, the coaches that drafted Walton are no longer with the Bengals, aside from special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. With this incident, Walton should be in danger of losing his spot on the Bengals’ roster.
There was already reservations about the Walton pick, considering the Bengals didn’t need a third running back enough to warrant a pick just outside the top 100. If Walton does indeed get cut, he’d be the Bengals’ highest draft pick cut after one year in recent memory.
We’ll see if the Zac Taylor regime ends Walton’s career in Cincinnati.