Former NFL starting quarterback and ex-Dolphins signal caller Tyler Thigpen has hit the headlines today for all the wrong reasons. The former number one quarterback at the Kansas City Chiefs has found himself in a lot of bother with police after he was found asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru of a Wendy's fast food restaurant, according to reports.
It has been reported that the Horry County police had to respond to a call at a nearby gas station after one member of the public called in around the time Thigpen's Cadillac SUV pulled into the Wendy's drive-thru.
But following 20 minutes of surveillance, police noticed the vehicle hadn't moved. More inspection from the police revealed that Tyler Thigpen had fallen asleep with his foot firmly on the brake.
Thigpen's lawyer speaks out
According to reports, it took police several minutes to wake up a confused Thigpen, who is being represented by lawyer Jonny McCoy.
“My client, Tyler Thigpen, is extremely cognizant of the gravity of the allegations against him,” his lawyer, Jonny McCoy said, CBS Sports reported. “My client and I look forward to this case taking the standard procedural avenues through our justice system with the same benefits and due process afforded to every other American citizen.”
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Tyler Thigpen has been arrested and could be about to face action of some kind, but things could have gotten so much worse for him.
In theory, he could have ended up sleeping at the wheel anywhere and it's just lucky for him that he was in a relatively safe place when he fell asleep.
Thigpen is lucky it wasn't worse
It may sound like something innocent, but Thigpen could have been involved in a major incident.
However, Thigpen's fortune off the field will definitely leave him even more in the doghouse with any would-be NFL suitors that are looking at bringing him back into the NFL.
Thigpen has been officially on a team's roster since he was at the Buffalo Bills during the 2012 NFL season. Cleveland Browns did have him on their practice squad earlier this year, but he was released and stories like this are certainly not going to help the 30-year-old get back into the NFL. In fact, this latest incident could spell the end of Thigpen's underwhelming NFL career.
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