The Lions have terminated the contract of Lions cornerback Aaron Berry after he was arrested for a second time in a month over the weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Berry was released due to “personal conduct which adversely affects the club.”
“We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.
Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm.
“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 Harrisburg City Police Department.
Berry was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information.
It appears the team has finally reached it’s boiling point with this latest run-in with the law, the team’s seventh this offseason.
Berry was supposed to enter training camp Thursday as one of the team’s starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston. The Lions will now look towards free agent acquisition Jacob Lacey, Alphonso Smith or rookies Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green to fill that role – at least initially.
Berry was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010 and earned a starting nickel role out of camp that season. He injured his shoulder Week 1 against the Bears and was placed on injured reserve. He played the same role as the team’s starting nickel cornerback last season, and even started three games in Houston’s absence last year. He was expected to be a big contributor on defense this year.
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