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Alex Okafor of the Arizona Cardinals arrested in Austin

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The NFL off-season is always a nervous time for head coaches and general managers.

Not because of free agents and trades however, but because of the possibility of one of their players getting arrested. And that is exactly what has happened for Bruce Arians and Steve Keim.

According to a report from the Austin American-Statesman, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafor was arrested earlier today in Austin, TX.

The Statesman reports that Okafor, who played his college career ball at the University of Texas,  was arrested and charged on Monday after a disturbance near Sixth and Trinity Streets.

Okafor was charged with evading arrest after fleeing from the scene following the arrival of the law enforcement, police said. He also had a warrant out for his arrest on a previous Class C misdemeanor charge, but police did not immediately know the nature of that offense.

Police spokesman David Boyd said officers responded to a disturbance in the downtown entertainment district and that when they attempted to question Okafor, he fled on foot. Officers booked Okafor into the Travis County Jail around 2 a.m. today.

Okafor played for the Longhorns from 2009-2012 and quickly proved himself as one of the best players at his position in the conference. He finished his 2011 junior season with 46 tackles and seven quarterback sacks, and was named a first-team All-American as a defensive end. Okafor was also a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2011 and again in 2012.

The Cardinals selected Okafor in the 4th round of the 2013 draft, with the 103rd overall pick. The 24-year old led Arizona in sacks last year with eight on the season, proving how valuable he is to the franchise. 

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