Browns’ Malik McDowell arrested, charged with officer’s battery

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Cleveland Browns starting defensive tackle Malik McDowell has been arrested for assault on an assistant and public exposure in Florida, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.

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According to the police report from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the first was described as a “violent attack” that left the deputy “stunned” Monday in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The deputy claims McDowell charged “at full speed with a clenched fist.”

The incident began after a call was received that a man was walking around naked near a school, according to the newspaper.

McDowell, 25, was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer, violently resisting arrest and exposing himself in public.

McDowell is no stranger to run-ins with law enforcement, including a DUI in September 2017 and a disorderly conduct allegation three months later. He was charged with driving a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest and being assaulted in February 2019.

According to the police report, McDowell remains on probation in Michigan.

The Browns released the following statement Tuesday morning:

“We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information. We understand the seriousness of this matter and our thoughts are with the well-being of everyone involved. … No further comment at this time.

McDowell has 33 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in 15 games (14 starts) this season.

He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He suffered a head injury in an ATV accident that summer and never played for the Seahawks, who took him waived and placed him on the non-football injury list.

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