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Ross Verba arrested for failing to pay gambling debt

Former Packers, Browns and Lions offensive lineman Ross Verba has been arrested and accused of failing to pay a gambling debt, the Associated Press is reporting.

Prosecutors in Clark County, Nevada, say Verba was arrested in Phoenix this week and is charged with three counts of writing bad checks to the Palms, a Las Vegas casino, in January of 2008. Verba is in jail and is fighting extradition to Nevada.

This isn’t the first time Verba has been in trouble relating to gambling debts. In 2007 he was arrested on charges of writing bad checks to pay a $50,000 debt at another casino, Wynn Las Vegas. Verba eventually paid the debt, and those charges were dropped.

Verba retired after the 2006 season, and it’s not clear whether any of his gambling activities took place while he was an NFL player. It’s also not clear what type of gambling he was engaged in to run up the large debts.

Verba was the Packers’ first-round draft pick in 1997. He played four seasons with Green Bay, four with Cleveland and one with Detroit.