By Neil Hayes
Chicago Bears running back Garrett Wolfe was arrested Sunday morning in a Miami Beach nightclub and charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence, according to Miami-Dade County Police Department records.
His bond has been set at $11,500.
"It started with him refusing to pay his bill at a club," said Miami Beach Police detective Juan Sanchez. "He became aggressive while being ejected by bouncers and two off-duty officers were summoned. They gave him the opportunity to settle his bill and he refused. He attacked one of the officers. Both officers suffered minor injuries."
The arrest of the former Holy Cross High and Northern Illinois star could make it more difficult for Wolfe, whose free-agent status remains in limbo during the lockout, to either re-sign with the Bears or latch on with another team.
"I'm one of those guys caught in limbo," Wolfe told the Sun-Times last week. "I've finished my fourth year. Technically, I'm a free agent but with no [collective bargaining agreement], and under the terms from last year, I'm not a free agent, so I'm caught in between. If we get a CBA figured out I'll be a free agent but if we don't I'm not a free agent. I'm just stuck in-between."
The 5-foot-7, 185-pounder has not displayed the game-breaking ability Bears' general manager Jerry Angelo hoped for when he made NIU's record-breaking running back the team's third-round choice in the 2007 NFL draft. While primarily serving as a special teams player, one of the most prolific running backs in college football history has amassed only 282 rushing yards in four seasons with the Bears.
A Bears spokesperson said the team officials had no immediate comment. Wolfe's agent, Rick Smith, also had no comment.
On Wednesday, Wolfe said he was eager for the lockout to end and his future to be resolved. Four days later, that future remains more unsettled than ever.
"It was good to get some time away from football but it's weird because I'm used to being back at work by now," he said. "It's weird, very weird, something we could never have seen happening this long. The attitude from most of the players is this has gone on long enough and it's something that needs to be taken care of. Guys are eager to get back to work."