By: Will Burchfield
The banged-up Lions are desperate for help on the defensive line.
So desperate, in fact, they just signed a guy with a rap sheet nearly as long as their injury report.
The Lions claimed defensive end Armonty Bryant off waivers today after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. Bryant has been mired in legal trouble the past four years, a trend that began during his senior year at East Central University in Oklahoma.
In October 2012, Bryant was caught selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer in an East Central University parking lot, on two separate occasions, according to newsok.com. He was later charged with felonious distribution of marijuana, leading to a three-game suspension from the ECU football team.
In May of 2013, less than a week after the Browns drafted him in the seventh round, Bryant was arrested for drunk driving and later charged with a DUI, according to ESPN.com. That incident set him straight, at least for the next two years or so.
On Christmas morning of 2015, Bryant was riding in a car with Browns teammate De’Ante Saunders when Saunders was pulled over for speeding and driving under the influence per NFL.com. The police officers found Adderall and oxycodone in Bryant’s possession according to ESPN.com and he was unable to provide a corresponding prescription for either drug.
He later pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Bryant’s plea resulted in 68 days probation and a four-game suspension from the NFL, both of which expired on Oct. 3. He is eligible to play in the Lions Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.