Aaron Berry arrested for a second time on assult charges

Posted by ttwentyman on July 22, 2012 – 9:43 am

Thursday’s start of training camp can’t get here soon enough for the Lions. An offseason filled with arrests, citations and bad press increased by one today with the reports of cornerback Aaron Berry being arrested for a second time in a month.

Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg (Pa.) and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm, Harrisburg (Pa.) City Police told detroitlions.com.

“Mr. Berry was taken into custody early Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault on allegations that a firearm was brandished by Mr. Berry,” said. Corp. Gautsch of the Harriburg City Police Department.

Berry was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and then released.

Berry was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information. He was set to enter a Pennsylvania diversionary program on that incident. It’s unclear how his latest arrest affects those plans.

Along with Berry’s second arrest, defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested twice on separate possession of marijuana possession and DUI charges. Running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was also arrested for possession of marijuana.

“We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” the Lions said in a statement Sunday. “We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate”

Berry heads to training camp as one of the starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston and is expected to be a big contributor for the Lions defense this season.

Leshoure has already been suspended the first two games of the regular season and fined an additional two game checks for his incidents. Fairley is still working his way through the Alabama legal system, but he’ll also be subject to NFL discipline once his cases are resolved.

Now add Berry to the list of alleged second-time offenders for the Lions who could be subject to fines or suspensions.

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66 Responses to “Aaron Berry arrested for a second time on assult charges”

  1. By Jeff on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    WTF??!! I’m a lifetime Detroit Lions fan but this is getting rediculous. I think it’s time for upper-management to start cracking down on these repeat offenders… or simply cut ties and move on. As much as I want a championship, the city doesn’t need any more negative press. Detroit is already notorious for crime & poverty, we need strength & positivity to build on.

  2. By daveflorida on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    What a moron! Cut him and give alphonso smith a chance. At least he’s kept his nose clean. And we don’t play tom Brady this year.

  3. By Carole on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cut him. Send a message.

  4. By Oldcat on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Moronic… Simply moronic…

  5. By frank on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    just spent 40 bucks on lions hats anyone want them this is becoming ridiculous

  6. By paulsdaddy212 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Schwartz better start cleaning House, or this stupid “stuff”… going to never stop! I say get RID of Eric Berry, his just a Thug!

  7. By rob n on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    i am a first time season ticket holder this year im really upset by all this off field drama i think maybe we should have waited a few years

  8. By Brad on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cut him now!

  9. By b on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    r u kidding? im glad that i hav been a diehard lions fan since b4 the Millen fiasco, managed 2 get thru that bs n now these idiots cant stay out of trouble. happy 2 represent a club that is such a colossal dissappointment.

  10. By euphoni on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lions have to cut Berry. A stand needs to be made by the front office to show this will not continue. Next plan of action, consider personality when drafting, not just talent.

  11. By Joe Joe on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Somebody please flush this turd. It’s starting to get embarrassing to be a Lions fan again. This has been the worst off season as a fan.

    It’s really simple, stop #@$*ing up a good thing!

  12. By twelsh36446 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s Aaron Berry, Eric Berry isn’t on Detroit’s roster because he plays for KC

  13. By twelsh36446 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Eric Berry plays for KC so Schwartz can’t cut him paulsdaddy

  14. By gski on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with paulsdaddy, time to get rid of some trash and set a example too bad he is are starting cornerback I am sure he thinks he is uncutable. Lions need to send a message to him and The Entire Team that this behavior is not tolerated.

  15. By euphoni on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions’ culture is garbage.. it needs to be quickly and strongly taken care of to send a message. Berry must be cut or the Lions are never going to shed this culture.

    Lions need to take a cue from the Saints and strongly consider personality along with talent when drafting. Very talented players are cool, but personality is the difference between a winner and a loser.

  16. By Brandon on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    CUT HIM!! PLEASE! He’s never going to be elite. And even if he was, there needs to be a clear message sent. Step up Front Office and TAKE CONTROL!! He has 3 strikes against him in the Detroit bashing after the playoffs, the DUI, and now this. Cut the guy! Don’t let these guys screw up what we have going!

  17. By kernal on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    You got to remember that every team out there has issues. We only hear of theses issues because we support this team. Everywhere you go or any team you support you always get the negatives before the positives. It would be a better place if everyone minded there own business and concentrated on the positive things in life. Go Lions!

  18. By Bill Hoffer on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Frank if your a fair weather fan we don’t NEED YOU !!!

  19. By kevin on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone does something stupid once in while, but this is epidemic!!!

  20. By tdub25 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Well Paulsdaddy212, they should probably get rid of Eric Berry, cause I have never heard of him ever playing for the lions. but, Aaron Berry the DB that is up for a starting job shouldnt be released just punished by sitting him and fining him…

  21. By Boots on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    By keeping players like this you are really making me question whether I will keep purchasing season tickets. Get rid of him. I don’t appreciate my hard earned money going to an organization who keeps giving guys like this a chance. Tired of these news stories about the Detroit Lions. If this keeps going on, I won’t be buying tickets next season. Unfortunately, this season is already bought and paid for.

  22. By kevin on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    We have waited so long for a great Lions team & these guys feel obligated to screw it up before it even gets started. Start cuttin’, start over!!

  23. By Bill Hoffer on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t see how anything less than banning from the nfl for life will deter this behavior! And this will give the lions room to find quality replacements !! And these are only the ones that got caught !!!

  24. By Josh on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply


  25. By tecmobowl34 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply


    -the rest of the NFC North

  26. By Mors Hostibus on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Lions management have lost control and more important, lost the respect of this team. Without physical, mental and emotional fitness the team will fail. This team has been smoking their own press clippings, believing that they are on the path to a championship. They are on the path to hell. The players involved in disrespecting the team, the organization, their family and themselves need to be “fixed”. Lions coach Schwartz tried to blame the media for negative coverage demanding that sportswriters find other players to write about and that they ignore the rot that is spreading in the Lions organization. Team management’s condoning, ignoring or covering for anyone engaging in behavior detrimental to securing a championship signals the need for management change. Failure to condemn and punish this behavior reinforces a culture of appeasement and acquiescence.

    How many times have you exceeded the speed limit while driving and not been convicted? This will give you an excellent ratio of violations to convictions. This problem is far greater than simply the players who were “caught”.

    Lions management cannot do this alone. Just like the police cannot stop a neighborhood from “going bad” without the help of those who live there. The idea that “snitching” is wrong and that whatever players do is their own business is death to the team’s championship goals. Players all know who on the team does not have a championship attitude, who is involved in behavior deleterious to team goal. Due to union rules and corporate decorum, swift and certain “team justice” will never occur. I have played on championship teams and on teams that had the talent but not the will and drive to win even three games.

    NFL players have to get their ring in a few years. Most players will be replaced after 3 years. Lions’ players have to decide if they wish to allow the degenerates, drug abusers, alcoholics, liars, immature, and self important misfits from taking their only shot at immortality. They have to decide if sending a message may be the right thing to do.

    The degenerates will indignantly reply that “it is their rights and none of anyone’s business and no one should interfere in their personal life”. The problem with this “logic” is that it is bogus. On a team, everything that you do and say or fail to do or fail to say is one more reason that they win or lose the championship. Drug or alcohol use spreads, selfishness grows, lying and immaturity builds a culture of excuse making and lack of accountability.

    If the Lions’ management and players do not take immediate action: The Lions organization will begin to float a “few bad apples” message when the Schwartz’ divert and distract strategy can no longer contain the growing public relations nightmare. Top players will realize that a team that condones degenerate behavior is not the place to win a championship and they will demand a trade or give up or retire (Sanders?).

  27. By BluejayChip on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve had enough…time to make an example and it starts with Berry. Even worse considering that the team can be fined for all these incidents. There will be final cuts available coming out of Training Camps that will be just as good as Aaron Berry. Nice legacy he leaves too….NOT!!!

  28. By mike on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    As a season ticket holder, i don’t want a penny of my cost /your revenue going towards his pay. Wow! find someone clean. Lots of decent, law abiding football players out there. He might go 3 or 4 more charges in the next year or two. End it now, this can’t be justified any longer. Don’t be a chicken sh!t, fans will back you. Cut him,we can win without him

  29. By Chris on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Second-offenders should be banned from the NFL for life and required to pay back any money they have already collected on their contracts. I am not against giving a young person a second chance but when they blow that one too we should not encourage the success of the grossly stupid. – Lifetime Lions fan

  30. By bmkmd on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions who get in trouble with drugs and alcohol need a requirement to live in a sober living residence in Detroit area. They are consistently getting in trouble back home with their friends and family.

    Maybe during offseason especially iswhen they need. The Lions can still control reps and play time.

  31. By MikeC on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Berry = Pacman Jones

  32. By algrls on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Front office, the players are not taking you seriously, take swift action and show them that you mean what you say and start cleaning house beginning with Berry. Remind them it just isn’t about them!

  33. By Will on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Big contributor? He was an undrafted FA who was given a chance to start and didn’t do well. How about the three corners who we drafted this year?

    Sorry but a hit and run DUI and three assault charges for him? See ya.

  34. By casey on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    flat out cut this idiot

  35. By IL-Lion on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    So many reasons to cut this guy. He’s not that good on the field. He’s even worse on the field. He’s a multiple time offender AND twitter tough guy calling out fans that actually contribute to paying his salary. The guy is just a horrible decision maker and a wanna be tough guy. Do you really want this guy and his attitude in the same locker room as a mentor to the young guys like Bentley and Greenwood? Remove the cancer before it spreads any further. Nobody will even know he’s gone.

  36. By IL-Lion on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Worse off the field *

  37. By Canadian Fan on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I just shelled out big bucks to take my 5 year old to Candlestick to support the team. Who am I supporting? What am I teaching my kid?

  38. By chris on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Cut him. Kid is obviously an idiot and gonna end up in jail eventually. He has proven he can’t learn from his own mistakes or even the mistakes of others. Some people just don’t appreciate the opportunities they have. Wash your hands of him.

  39. By Baty on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am not a person who jumps to the “Lets cut the guy” stance very easily. This seems like a perfect situation to send a message. Not to mention the shootings in Aurora will only amplify the bad press this creates. Berry is arrogant in thinking he can get away with all of these incidents (insulting fans, hit and run DUI, and now pulling a gun on someone) when he should be scratching and clawing trying to maintain his starting position considering the competition we just added to it. If the front office doesnt do something DRASTIC here, I will be more disappointed in them than in Berry….

  40. By Roger Jr on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    some times we cant go back to where we were back home when you make it to the big time. because people and friends dont look at you the same way and they all had thing happen when they went home???

  41. By Travis on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    When is this stuff gonna stop. We are finally considered an elite team in the NFC. Is this Schwartz’s fault????

  42. By G on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    How hard is it to NOT get arrested? Billions of people will not be arrested this summer, but this guy gets popped twice. Brandishing a firearm two days after the biggest mass shooting in the U.S. Nice move. Now act like a responsible employer and fire him.

  43. By sportmentary on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not entirely Schwartz’s fault as he doesn’t control what his criminals do on their own time but he established a thug mentality in the field and I don’t think he’s established a culture of taking accountability.

  44. By sportmentary on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    One other thing. If we are going to blame Schwartz for all the off-field issues, we need to give him all the credit for the improvement of the Lions on the field.

  45. By BluejayChip on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Personally…just my thoughts and opinion. But these are adults…grown men. Likely most have been given special treatment all their young lives because of their athletic prowess. I don’t blame Schwartz…but do blame the organization if they continue to tolerate it. Classic line from my Dad applies here: You teach people how to treat you. If the organization continues to apply special treatment to the young talent with no consequences…expect the same behaviors to continue by the FEW that create a bad situation for the team. Hold them accountable please.

  46. By CW2 Stanley E Blitz III on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    This young man does not appreciate this enormous opportunity he has to play in the NFL. He gets paid to play a game and he thinks that he can do what he wants. FIRE him and set an example that this kind of behavior regardless of talent or who you are will not ever be tolerated. It is obviously that he is no leader and does not represent his team, his community or his family’s name very well so maybe he needs structure in his life? Send him to me in the Army and I will teach him what values and ethics are. I thought that is what you learn when you attend college? Maybe someone did his work for him because he was too busy playing games? So sad!
    CW2 Blitz

  47. By M. on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am getting tired of him. He maybe #2 but like others said he isnt elite. I rather lions take the chance with their rookies in developing them. He has been warned already and still found trouble. Work on the rookies you guys did get lacy to help out. Berry’s troubles and tatoo’s just give me a sign that he isnt a respectable person and if I saw him, he looks like a trouble magnet!

  48. By rbell2123 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am just embarrassed to be a Lions fan>

  49. By Lion Mike on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    What is with these guys? He’s arrested at 2:30 in the morning. What good happens at 2:30 in the morning? Like my dad told me when I was younger. If you aren’t in bed by midnight…you better come home and sleep in your own bed.

  50. By Shawn Sheldon on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I would also have to say cut him. A lot can be said for someones lifestyle. Obviously, he is not working hard to hone the tools for his career choice. If he were, he would be working out, eating right and going to sleep at a decent time and not going out on the town and brandishing weapons into the wee hours of the night. He’ll get hurt again but he would serve the Lions better as an example of what not to do. Release him and wish him luck in his future. If he gets with an NFC North team, Stafford will just carve him up like the turkey he is.

  51. By Jason on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think that if they do nothing then it will soon come back to bite them. I know the secondary is a big question mark but they have to cut this joker and move on with the message that there will be consequences regardless of position needs or talent. The only thing to do IMO….

  52. By JP O'Flaherty on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I said it before, the Lions Coach Swartz, GM Mayhew, and owner Bill Ford Jr. if you want to maintain any credibility as an organization, who strives for and maintains high standards you have to cut this kid RIGHT NOW! No more BS about letting the legal system play out, or empty apologies from this punk, just CUT his Sorry Ass! What a national embarrassment Berry, LeShoure, Fairley, and now the vet Williams have made out of a Lions team that has FINALLY after 50 years gained some national recognition and credibility. It disgraces the outstanding efforts of Stafford, CJ, VandeBosch, Avril, Suh, Burelson and ALL the rest of the ourstanding Lions players. I don’t care if we lose more games because we don’t have that punk on the team, give one of the rookies a well deserved chance!

  53. By Joe Hotham on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Another fine example shown as to why the NFL needs a farm/minor league system to allow players to mature before they enter the league, make them work harder to get in (appreciate their entry into the league more) and root out the class A screw ups! Looks like we need drug tests, alcohol tests and assigned drivers in Detroit? I don’t put this on Schwartz, BUT am looking for a message to be sent; cut Berry, the dude is a clown and gives up too many big plays anyway… I’d rather see someone from the practice squad bumped up (someone who wants to play and would appreciate a starting role on this team)

  54. By wendymaddy on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    you know, i think the pressure of being a playoffs team is getting to the younger players, particularly those who have experienced injuries or little playing time. Berry is clearly unraveling, mentally, and needs both a treatment program for substances, and an ongoing mental health and morals training program that is formal in nature so he has to show up and he should be thoroughly checked over by the team doctors for excessive use of dhea or other substances that make people too aggressive or that destroy their judgment. in light of what’s happening, ford needs to foot the bills for the whole team to undergo substances abuse testing and treatment, and moral and mental health testing to nip behavioral problems in the bud. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. shape up the players in these areas and the whole team and the individuals will benefit. include in this program anyone who has had problems in the past two or three years. suh comes to mind, but there are others.

  55. By bmkmd on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Not so quick, gentlemen.

    You can’t judge the effect of the new rules until they have been applied.

    Lets see how these impulsive and irresponsible players respond to league and team sanctions and punishments. That’s what they were negotiated for by the Union and the NFL.

    If they don’t work then something else will have to be done, but YOU CAN’T JUDGE THE LEAGUE AND TEAM RESPONSES UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN APPLIED.

    The “crimes” have been committed lets see how the punishments work.

  56. By mike on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    He should have been cut earlier, this should seal that, but with the lack of quality at that position…one never knows…but enough is enough…..as for the season, I remember the Sgt. in “Platoon”, saying: “I got a bad feeling on this one.”……6-10, too many distractions….

  57. By Golferjohn on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Well I was wrong. I said give him a second chance, he is just a young guy who needs to grow up. Well I have reconsidered. The Lions need to start to turn this thing around. Training camp starts next week and they need to be focused on one thing. That is getting back to the playoffs. But to do that it will take discipline, which they don’t have in some players right now. Cut him loose and send the message. Goooo Lions!!!!!

  58. By mitch on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    It just goes to show ya, you can’t fix stupid….we can live without Berry.

  59. By jacksprat57 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Roger gave the mouth breather in New York, who tried to shoot off his OWN junk, what amounted to 2-1/2 years. Berry ranged another human being with his gun for no good reason.

    If he did it, then Roger should BAN him from the league.

  60. By jacksprat57 on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions needn’t do a thing. When the legal process works itself out, this dummy will be back to working his corner.

  61. By kevin on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    My son was exicited when I told him we were going to a Lions game this year. Now I get to explain to him why we are not. Thanks Lions for not being responsible millionaire adults!!!!!!!

  62. By wendymaddy on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    i hope the team gets this straightened out in the offseason so we can go about the business of playing some awesome football. as for these problems: note well: if you don’t drink alcohol, you will never be arrested for a dui. If you don’t own a gun, you will never be arrested for brandishing one. If you never buy or take drugs and stay away from people who do, you will never be arrested for possession of or being under the influence of, drugs. if you stay out of cheap and tawdry clubs, you can never be arrested for being in a fight over a woman. if you never speed, you can’t be arrested for speeding or blamed for causing an accident. If you never tell a lie, and never do anything you wouldn’t want splashed in the headlines, you will never be covered with shame when you are found out. what’s wrong with drinking lemonade and sweet tea? or having a barbecue you host in your own back yard? with good people you already know? spend your time improving your mind and your morals and your health! The fords, management and coaches better figure out that you don’t drink and drug yourself or serve the players that stuff or tolerate it as if they are going to do it anyway. you can require that they cannot do this stuff as a condition of their employment. My ex boyfriend and current boyfriend won the Rose Bowl, and about ten of them on the team got nfl contracts of two years apiece. The quarterback, a defensive tackle and the guy who broke the Rose Bowl record for a 98 yard touchdown run were all released. Only Dick Butkus, who broke his girlfriend’s arm trying to drag her up the stairs to his room at his frat house, made a career in the nfl. You are lucky enough to BE in the nfl as a player. You don’t have to mess up your own life by assuming that you can put toxins in your body and see how fast your car can go or run around trying to collect loose women without paying the price for your bad behavior. A lot of players are running around wearing dreadlocks and imitating Masai warriors’ hairstyles (theirs are much nicer than yours, believe me!) and ruining their beautiful skins God gave you by defacing them with tattoos that lower your resistance to viruses and bacteria to enter your body and make you sick. If you stay away from church and cultivate an image of a thug, people will expect you to BE a thug! And they will treat you accordingly. Police follow crooks around and arrest them for any little thing. Figure out what YOU want to be famous for. Football? good works? endorsements? Later on, sports commentary? Your good character? a happy marriage and successful kids? What you aspire to is what you will get. For messups, it’s a short nfl career and lots of time to regret their own stupidity. Be amrt, be ethical, be careful of how you run your life. Don’t be tempted to misbehave. Your momma didn’t raise you to be stupid and careless with your life and career. by the way, never wear a hairstyle that another player can grab and pull because it is sticking out beneath your helmet. Sheesh! just use common sense!

  63. By WIlionsfan on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    When is this going to stop? This is up to the organization to stop this now. I used to be proud of our team for having a bad record but maintained high standing in the community and always held their heads high. Now what? That is long gone. Time to rebuild that reputation and that begins with tearing the bad bricks out. CUT HIM and send the rebuilding message.

  64. By kevin on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I was so embarrassed after the 0-16 season I didn’t wear my Lions shirt or hat. I finally got to wear it again but now am thinkin’ of throwing em’ away. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BEHAVIOR LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. By jacksprat57 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    “My son was exicited when I told him we were going to a Lions game this year. Now I get to explain to him why we are not. Thanks Lions for not being responsible millionaire adults!!!!!!!” –kevin…..What will you tell your son when he asks you why his daddy is such a ninny, though, Kevin?

  66. By ROBERT on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply


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