New Orleans Saints cornerback Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami for resisting an officer without violence to his person, Miami Beach Police said.
Dixon was in custody at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. He was booked at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, and his bond was set at $1,000. He was released several hours later.
An officer at the correctional center said Dixon, who was riding a scooter, was pulled over at the intersection of Ocean Drive and 10th Street in Miami Beach early Sunday morning. He questioned the officer and was taken into custody.
Dixon later tweeted, “It just hurts to know that I wasn’t causing no trouble and was fully cooperating.”
Through a team spokesman, the Saints said they are aware of the situation and will report it to NFL security. The team had no further comment.
According to a police report obtained by The Advocate, officers spotted Dixon splitting lanes and traveling down the center of the roadway on a white scooter. He then began swerving and cut off another vehicle, causing it to stop abruptly.
He continued to drive between a parking lane and the road, passing other vehicles, before stopping in a handicap space in front of the police officers.
Police approached Dixon and told him to pull further off the roadway. The report says Dixon replied by saying, “You’re seriously going to give me a ticket for that? I’m making a U-turn.”
Dixon was then informed of his traffic violations and allegedly became “belligerent” and yelled at the officers. At that point, one of the officers returned to the car. According to the report, Dixon then straddled his scooter, stood up and yelled at the other officer to “just give me my ticket so I can get the (expletive) out of here.”
The police officer said that because of Dixon’s “imposing size, stature and weight, as well as the defendant’s agitated state,” Dixon was ordered to sit on the curb. Dixon refused and then took a step toward the officer.
The officer grabbed Dixon’s arm and began to place him under arrest. He allegedly resisted arrest and began tensing his body and pulling away from the officer.
The officer then approached, at which point Dixon allegedly said, “Let me go. You’re just doing this because I’m a black man with dreads and I look like a criminal. I’m not a criminal.”
With the help of “several other spring break units,” Dixon was put into custody. While walking back to the patrol vehicle, Dixon said, “I’m not a criminal. I give so much to this community. I’m an NFL player. Let me call my agent.”
Dixon also was given a pair of traffic citations.
Dixon, a Fort Lauderdale native, was signed by the Saints last offseason as an undrafted rookie out of Northwest Missouri State. He beat out Champ Bailey coming out of training camp for a roster spot.
He appeared in all 16 games, logging 166 snaps on defense, and finished the season with one pass defensed and a forced fumble.
In a recent interview, coach Sean Payton mentioned Dixon as someone he liked at the cornerback position.
“Yeah, another corner who played quite a bit last year actually, who can run,” Payton said. “So we’ve got a good balance of young players and yet some veteran experience.”
Saints set up a visit
The Saints are taking a look at Western Kentucky cornerback Dalton Patterson.
After getting a look at the former O. Perry Walker High School player, the Saints have scheduled a visit with Patterson for April 17, a source told The Advocate
The 6-foot-3 Patterson took part in Tulane’s pro day last week, where he ran a time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to Patterson’s Twitter account.
Last year at Western Kentucky, Patterson appeared in 10 games and recorded two tackles. He started his college career at Arkansas Baptist College, then joined Western Kentucky in 2013.
The Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.