The Houston Texans have released former University of Alabama standout defensive tackle Brandon Ivory.
Ivory joined the Texans in May as an undrafted free agent with the hopes of making the Texans' final roster.
His release comes after he was arrested and charged on two counts of first-degree burglary in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Texans had hoped that Ivory could have provided depth along the defensive line and at 6'4", and 308 pounds, he would have added a little beef along the interior of the line.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department released a statement about the arrest.
"Tuscaloosa police responded to a residence in the 1700 Block of E. 17th Ave. on a burglary in progress call at 8 AM this morning (July 1). Upon arrival, officers spoke with two victims who were inside the residence when the burglary occurred. The victims stated suspects kicked in the back door and demanded items for the victims. One suspect was armed with an assault rifle and the other suspect was armed with a knife."
Brandon Ivory, 23, and Nicholas Gerald Gibson III, 21, were both placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $120,000 bond.
The Texans initially responded to the arrest with the following statement:
"The Houston Texans are aware of the police report regarding DT Brandon Ivory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama," said the Houston Texans in a statement. "At this time, we will have no further comment until we gather all of the relevant facts."
But, less than a day after the Texans release that statement, Brandon Ivory is now no longer a member of the Houston Texans.
The Texans organization must have not liked the information that they were able to gather regarding his arrest and felt it best that the team move on.
The Texans have now freed up a roster spot and will be looking to add another player to bring into training camp.
This was probably the best move to make because of the negative publicity they would have encountered when the Texans begin training camp.
With the cameras of HBO's Hard Knocks TV series following around the players and coaching staff during training camp it would have probably provided a negative distraction and was probably more trouble than it was worth.
The Texans can now go into training camp without any negative headlines and focus just on football in preparing for the upcoming 2015 season.
Let's just hope that the rest of the players on the Texans roster can stay out of trouble for the remainder of the off-season.
But just in case, I know that the Texans organization and the public relations department will be on high alert and ready for anything else that might arise.
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