The Browns cut undrafted rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott today after he was arrested and charged with attempted murder Tuesday in New Jersey, the team announced.
Walcott was arrested for allegedly punching a man outside a bar in Passaic, N.J., the Record newspaper reported.
The Browns signed Walcott, a native of Hackensack, N.J., on May 13 after he tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp.
The Browns issued the following statement this morning: "We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter, and we will not comment."
Walcott, 23, punched Derrick Jones, 24, in the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Passaic police detective Andrew White told the Record. Jones remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday at Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan, White said.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Walcott was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree endangering an injured victim, White told the newspaper. Police arrested Walcott on Tuesday morning after he turned himself into police, according to the report.
Walcott's bail was set at $500,000, and he was booked Tuesday in the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, N.J., according to jail records.
As a player at the University of Virginia, Walcott faced charges of assault and battery and was suspended from the football team stemming from a fight in January 2011 near the campus of James Madison University, the Washington Post reported. All charges against Walcott were eventually dropped and he was reinstated to the team in April 2011.
A four-year letterman at Virginia (2009-12), Walcott started 22 of the 45 games in which he appeared. He compiled 128 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery during his collegiate career.