NFL Player Marquise “Hollywood” Brown Arrested On Multiple Charges
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was arrested Wednesday morning in Phoenix on a charge of criminal speeding.
According to a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Brown was booked into Maricopa County Jail and briefly appeared before a Maricopa County Superior Court judge Wednesday evening. He spent the day in custody, then was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is Aug. 23.
County records showed Brown is accused of traveling at over 85 mph on a section of highway in north Phoenix where the posted speed limit is 65. He was arrested at 7:05 a.m., less than an hour before practice was to begin. In Arizona, a criminal speeding charge can be brought if someone is accused of exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph.
Criminal speeding is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a year of unsupervised probation and a $500 fine.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “We will comment further as appropriate.”
The 25-year-old Brown is in his first season with the Cardinals, who sent a first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens to acquire him during April’s NFL draft. Brown is expected to help Arizona’s pass-catching corps weather the early-season absence of star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended six games for violating the league’s policy on banned performance-enhancing substances.
A first-round pick by the Ravens out of Oklahoma in 2019, Brown set career highs last season with 91 catches for 1,008 yards. Over three NFL seasons, he has accumulated 195 catches for 2,361 yards, 21 touchdowns and a 12.1 yards-per-reception average.
Brown was activated Tuesday off the non-football injury list following a hamstring injury he suffered before training camp. The Cardinals are conducting camp at their stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
In comments Thursday to reporters at Cardinals camp, Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Brown had been pulled over while heading from his residence to the stadium. They had a private discussion about the matter, said Kingsbury, who told reporters: “He’s never had any issues [before], and he knows he’s got to be better than that, and he will be moving forward. He can’t be doing that.”
“You have to follow the rules and obey the laws,” Kingsbury added. “Hopefully, we don’t have any more incidents.”
In May, the Cardinals were shaken by the death of cornerback Jeff Gladney, whom they had signed two months earlier. The 25-year-old, who previously played for the Minnesota Vikings, and a female companion were killed in a car crash in Dallas. According to a crash report (via TMZ Sports), investigators listed “unsafe speed” as among the contributing factors.