Two Razorback athletes, true freshman football player Hayden Johnson and new junior college transfer basketball player Arlando Cook were arrested this weekend for public intox. They were not together. Cook was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning and Johnson on Sunday morning.
Johnson’s will likely receive most of the attention as this is not only the middle of football season, but it’s Alabama week, and Johnson has been a starter for the Razorbacks at fullback. He has not carried the ball yet but did have an 18-yard reception vs TCU.
Bret Bielema will likely address the incident at his weekly press conference on Monday.
Basketball season doesn’t start for another month and a half, so we might not know what Mike Anderson does regarding Cook for a while. The team is supposed to start officially practicing soon.
WholeHogSports.com has more on the arrests. Here is Johnson’s story:
According to the preliminary arrest report, Johnson was arrested at 1:42 a.m. after someone called for a wellbeing check. According to the caller, a male nearly fell off the stage at the Greek Theater on the UA campus.
The responding officer reported finding Johnson laying on the ground at the facility when he arrived. Johnson told the officer he had been drinking on Dickson Street, according to the report.
The officer reported Johnson was unable to stand and nearly fell over while trying to sit down.
Police found Cook, 20, unconscious in the driver's seat of a Chrysler 200 about 2:29 a.m. on Dickson Street near Campbell Avenue, the report said. Cook had watery eyes, slurred speech and appeared to have vomit on his jacket, the report said.
The vehicle's owner told police she didn't know Cook and decided against pressing charges for criminal trespass because there was no damage to the vehicle, the report said. Cook's vehicle was parked four spaces from where he was found.
I don’t anticipate any extensive punishments for the players as these are their first known incidents, and on the scale of problems, getting arrested for drunk-in-publics is generally regarded as pretty mild. But we’ll see. It’s been a while since Razorback football and basketball players have been arrested, so we’ll see how the coaches handle it.