Now former Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead has broken his silence just a few hours after Virginia police completely cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Whitehead was originally accused of a convenience store robbery and failure to appear in court. The Cowboys cut him on Monday. On Tuesday police admitted that they had the wrong guy.
"Let's not sugarcoat anything," Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News. "I was pretty much being called a liar."
Whitehead told the News that he's disappointed that the Cowboys didn't give him a chance to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit.
"As far as the whole situation went down, I was blindsided," he said. "I didn't know about a warrant that came about in the first place. Clearly because I wasn't the person arrested. The head person [in the Cowboys organization] I told, no one backed me up. No one had my back in the whole situation. I knew about it at what? 12:45. By 2:30 I'm released."
The 25-year-old out of Florida Atlantic said his teammates had his back.
"They believed me," he said. "I don't want to say my teammates. As far as how it was handled? Come on."
He also said he has no idea who was able to get his social security number and other personal information.
He has no idea what his NFL future holds.
"As far as the stuff that was preached [by the Cowboys], I was left out to dry," Whitehead said. "You see the mantras that are all around The Star. I mean, by 12:45 I figured out that this is even going on. By 2:30 I was released. What's the real reason? Let me clear my name. I didn't have time to do that.
"I was pretty much called a liar."