After last year's dramatic events involving Jason Pierre-Paul, it had looked like the NFL had avoided any bizarre headline-grabbing incidents during 2016's July 4th celebrations.
That was until a report from the Florida Times-Union today revealed a strange episode involving Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to the newspaper, citing a police report, the third-year back was found asleep in his car at around 4:20 am on July 4. The car just so happened to be have found itself in a retention pool in Jacksonville.
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As noted by ProFootballTalk, authorities responded to a call describing a car having crashed into a pool and discovered Robinson and his passenger fast asleep in the vehicle.
Even after tapping on the window to wake the NFL player and warning him that the car was sinking, Robinson apparently fell back asleep.
Eventually, officers were able to get the 25-year-old out of the vehicle and, after conducting the necessary tests, it was determined that he was not intoxicated. Fortunately, neither he nor his passenger were hurt.
The question, then, is just what led to the Jaguars man catching some z's in a retention pool in the first place? According to Robinson himself, it was a case of taking to the wheel when he knew he was probably too exhausted to do so:
"I just wanted to let everyone know that I was involved in a single-car accident on Saturday night, and thankfully, everyone was safe and remained unharmed,” Robinson explained in a Twitter post.
“I thank God every single day for the opportunities he has presented me with and I’m grateful every morning to wake up healthy.
"I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I’m just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless.”
Robinson, who is just 86 yards shy of 1,000 in his NFL career to date, will hope to put his strange Independence Day weekend behind him as he prepares for the 2016 season.