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Mike Vrabel arrested for felony theft in Indiana

Mike Vrabel

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel (50) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston, Texans, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)


Two days before he’s due to be in court as a named plaintiff in the Tom Brady antitrust lawsuit, Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel had a much different entanglement with the justice system.

The criminal justice system.

Acting on a tip, we contacted the Switzerland County Jail in Vervay, Indiana. Jail Commander James LaPine tells PFT that Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana earlier today.

The charge, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony. LaPine had no information regarding the thing that was allegedly stolen.

In Indiana, theft of anything, regardless of value, is a Class D felony. It carries a sentence of six months to three years in prison.

Vrabel, who also is a member of the NFLPA* Executive Committee, was booked at 5:28 a.m. local time. He was released at 10:39 a.m. after posting $600 bond.

The jail had no further details regarding the specifics of the alleged crime. Also, LaPine declined to provide Vrabel’s date of birth for cross-reference purposes. But LaPine confirmed that the Mike Vrabel who was arrested, booked, and released is the same Mike Vrabel who plays pro football.

Vrabel’s agent, Neil Cornrich, was not immediately available for comment. NFLPA* spokesman George Atallah likewise was unavailable via phone.

UPDATE: Via agent Neil Conrich, Vrabel has issued a statement acknowledging the arrest. “It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,” Vrabel said. “I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”