Dallas Cowboys Lose Starting Team Member For DWI

The Dallas Cowboys football team announced that they have cut free safety Marcus Coleman after he was arrested for DWI early Saturday morning.

Coleman was stopped for a traffic violation around 2:40 am while traveling east on Texas Highway 114. According to Irving Police
spokesperson David Tull, “There were indications that (Coleman) had been drinking.”  The 11-year veteran out of Texas Tech also reportedly failed a field sobriety test. Coleman was released after posting a $500 bond.

The Cowboys immediately released Coleman and traveled without him to Phoenix for their Sunday game with the Arizona Cardinals.

Coleman started the 2006 season on the bench, serving a four game suspension for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy. He was not cut from the team at that time, partly because the back-ups for his position were both rookies. However, it is said that Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells warned Coleman that he would be cut if there were any incidents related to alcohol.

Coleman was selected by the New York Jets during the 1996 draft, when Bill Parcells was the Jets head coach. In 2002 Coleman was traded to the Houston Texans.

Arrest records show that during Coleman’s stay in Houston, Texas he was involved with two major traffic violations. He was arrested for DWI and convicted in Harris County, Texas in 2004. That same year he was arrested and received probation for driving with a suspended license after being stopped in Fort Bend County, Texas, southwest of Houston, Texas.

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