The details surrounding the arrest in February of Arizona Cardinals second-round draft pick Christian Kirk have just come to light, TMZ reported Tuesday.
Police in Scottsdale, Ariz. say on Feb. 3, Kirk was a with a group of people who were intoxicated and throwing rocks at cars parked in a lot outside of the Phoenix Open when security officers contacted authorities. One of the officers on the scene said Kirk exhibited signs consistent with those of someone high on cocaine.
“I further noticed the grinding movement of his jaw and continued blank stare. These are common signs of an individual high on stimulants, such as cocaine,” the officer said.
Both Kirk and an unnamed name were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby police station where they were booked on charges of disorderly conduct and property damage and later released. The Cardinals, who selected Kirk with the 47th pick in April’s NFL Draft, said they were aware of the arrest and decided to draft him anyway.
“We did our own independent research on it, and we felt very good about the information we received,” head coach Steve Wilks said. “That’s why we moved forward and drafted him. And as I stated before, we want to bring in great character guys, and I think Christian is one of those guys.”
A Scottsdale native, Kirk, 21, played his college ball at Texas A&M.