NFL Player Arrested For Repeatedly Punching Pittsburgh Cop

Former Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew brawled with police after refusing to pay for a $97 limousine fare.

Pittsburgh, PA – National Football League free agent Brandon Pettigrew was arrested early Monday morning after he allegedly punched a police officer several times.

Pettigrew, a former Detroit Lions tight end, began arguing with a limousine driver outside the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh at approximately 3 a.m. on July 9, after he refused to pay the driver his due fare, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The driver ran inside the hotel lobby to get away from the irate football player and contacted police.

Officers responded to the scene and told the driver that he would have to recoup the $97 fare through the court.

They then made contact with Pettigrew, 33, who was visibly intoxicated and having difficulty standing, police said.

He refused to identify himself and declared he was aware of his constitutional rights, then began “aggressively arguing” with police as he repeatedly moved closer towards them.

As the situation escalated, Pettigrew punched Pittsburgh Police Officer Patrick Fornadel three times in his chest, court documents said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Officers drew their Tasers and commanded Pettigrew to step back, and were able to place the irate man into handcuffs without deploying the devices.

Police said he initially refused to get into the patrol vehicle, but eventually complied, KDKA reported.

According to the criminal complaint, the altercation was captured by officers’ bodycams, and the footage will be made available to the court, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

When he arrived at the Allegheny County Jail, Pettigrew refused to comply with staff members’ commands, so he was placed into a restraint chair.

Pettigrew was charged with theft of services, public drunkenness, and two counts of aggravated assault.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 18.

It wasn’t Pettigrew’s first drunken run-in with police.

According to the NFL, while playing for Oklahoma State University in 2008, he was arrested for felony assault and battery of a police officer and misdemeanor public intoxication outside a bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

He pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and was given one year of probation.

In 2017, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in Oklahoma following a fight with two men outside a bar, and refused at least 25 police commands to leave the area, The Oklahoman reported.

Pettigrew was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2009 and went on to play for the team for seven seasons, according to WDIV.

He was a primary starter in his first five seasons, and made 83 receptions in 2011. He continues to hold the record for the most receptions made by a Lions tight end, Lions Wire reported.

Pettigrew tore his ACL halfway through the 2015 season and has not played an NFL game since, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Comments (17)
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Bscope2
Bscope2

Just another over paid self righteous person who thinks they’re above the law

LEO0301
LEO0301

I could be wrong but I think alcohol may be a problem for this young man.

n7mk
n7mk

He needs more than a slap on the wrist. Set an example of him!

Righton17
Righton17

His buds in the NFL can take a knee or two for him just like they do all the other thugs that police have to deal with.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

National Felons League I.e., Pond scum.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Some well placed baton strikes to the side of his knees would have fixed that!

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator animal thug.....typical

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Nation Felon League ratings slipping again. AND ESPN. Why won't you debate Candace Owen - Jemele Hill? Pawn of the Democratic Party.

Slowwolf
Slowwolf

He is not a player anymore so the writer is misleading with the headline as nfl player arrested... Nonetheless, he ought to be charged with the highest penalty of law as he is no first time offender rather a long time criminal and a repeat offender.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Sigh......Nation Felons League and violence. And folks wonder why I don't watch American football ?

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Typical thugs!! It’s amazing to me that they pay these criminals the kind of money they do and most of them are just down right street thugs!

cspcapt
cspcapt

another kneeler?

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

People like him need to Ride The Lightin' every now and then.

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So when they do headlines of Police Officer arrested for whatever, the headline is okay, even though the Officer no longer worked or was retired from duty? How about when they say someone was a day trader and committed a crime, yet that person had not worked in day trading for several years, just did not work at all? So would not the use of NFL player be appropriate, even though the no felon league was no longer employing him? And apparently the problems were there when he was a player.

61mouse
61mouse

Well I see he's living up to the National felon League standards and I can't wait to see the body cam videos

sturnman22
sturnman22

he continues to be a role model for America's youth - NFL proud of him!

Uno the dog
Uno the dog

nothing changes when repeat offender gets a slap on the wrist. typical NFL material