Chiefs Receiver Arrested for Theft
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas City wide receiver Andre Rison was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of felony theft.
Rison was released after posting $2,000 bond on a felony charge of stealing music equipment, Lt. Steve Quigg of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department said. The equipment had been rented, but not returned, authorities said.
Rison, who played a diminished role with the Chiefs last season after resurrecting his career with the club in 1997, was to appear in court Feb. 29, Quigg said.
Rison denied the charge.
``It was someone else,″ he said. ``They elected not to return it, so they had to come up with me.″
Rison, who was suspended for one game in November after his involvement in a fight outside a midtown bar, had 21 catches for 218 yards and no touchdowns last season.
Rison, who has played for Atlanta, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Green Bay in an 11-year career, was also arrested in April 1997 in Lawrenceville, Ga. for disorderly conduct when he refused to get out of a car after a traffic stop.
Rison’s role was reduced last season as tight end Tony Gonzales became the favorite target of quarterback Elvis Grbac and wide receiver Derrick Alexander became the main big-play threat.
Rison’s arrest came a day after a tribute to Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who died Feb. 8 of complications from a car accident Jan. 23 that killed his best friend and left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Kick returner Tamarick Vanover and running back Bam Morris were named in a federal affidavit filed in what authorities said was a large-scale drug investigation.