Browns outside linebacker Quentin Groves was arrested April 17 and charged with solicitation, according to a police report obtained by the Beacon Journal.
The Orange Village and Beachwood police departments along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a prostitution sting operation in which 14 other men were arrested during a three-day span, according to Scene Magazine, which first reported Groves’ arrest. During the operation a female officer acting as an escort received several sex-for-hire phone calls, according to the police report.
Groves called, requested “full service” and said he would bring condoms, according to the police report. He agreed to one hour of time for $100 and was told an additional service would cost $20.
Groves, 28, arrived at room 231 of the Homestead Guest Studios in Orange Village at approximately 10:28 p.m., knocked on the door and was then taken into custody without incident, according to the police report. He was given a court date of May 10 in Bedford Municipal Court and released. Police seized $195.70 and a box of condoms as evidence.
“I want to apologize to the Browns organization, our fans and the city of Cleveland for putting myself in this situation," Groves said in a statement released Wednesday. "I realize I let a lot of people down, most importantly my family. I am committed to learning from this and moving forward."
After playing for new defensive coordinator Ray Horton last season as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Groves joined the Browns March 13 by signing a two-year, $2.8 million contract. Despite the arrest, Groves participated in each practice of the team’s voluntary minicamp, which ran April 16-18.
Neal Gulkis, the Browns' vice president of media relations, said the team is aware of the situation but does not have a comment.