Report: Patriots Lineman In Trouble
DL Johnathan Sullivan at minicamp
DL Johnathan Sullivan at minicamp

Posted Jun 29, 2006

Although it's been a fairly sedate offseason, one Patriots defensive lineman has managed to get his name in the paper for the wrong reason. According to a published report, recent addition Johnathan Sullivan was arrested early Sunday morning. The team has not released a statement on the matter, and a spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

A report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune states that newly acquired veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan was pulled over by police in Georgia for a traffic violation on Sunday morning at 4 am. The report indicates that Sullivan was allegedly found to be in possession of a gun and a bag of drugs. He was arrested at the scene along with his companion. Both were released on bond.

Sullivan, a former first-round draft selection of the New Orleans Saints, was traded to the Patriots in a deal that sent New England wide receiver Bethel Johnson to the Saints in exchange. Both players were considered underachievers by their former clubs, and deemed expendable. At Patriots recent mandatory minicamp (June 13-15) Sullivan addressed issues concerning his motivation, and rumors from New Orleans that questioned his work ethic.

"Anytime you get a second chance it's a great opportunity," Sullivan said at minicamp. "You have to take advantage of it."

New England had plans for Sullivan to backup nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Although the team has not released an official statement on the matter, this is not the type of impression Sullivan needs to make on his teammates and his new coaching staff.

According to a team spokesperson the team is aware of the report and will handle the matter internally.

Read the original report here: The Sports Scene

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