The arrest of former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn for auto theft doesn’t appear to be another case of a former professional athlete’s life spinning out of control.
According to his attorney, it’s a simple misunderstanding with a rental car company.
Glenn was pulled over and arrested Tuesday night while driving a black Chevrolet Suburban he had rented from National Car Rental several weeks ago.
Luis Vera, Glenn’s attorney, says the former Dallas Cowboys player’s insurance company told him to rent the vehicle when his Bentley was damaged in an accident.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Vera said Glenn rented the SUV before going to New York City for the holidays and the car rental company had Glenn’s credit card and could have charged whatever it was owed. “He wasn’t even using it,” Vera said of the Suburban. “He just left it parked there at his house.”
National had reported the car as stolen in the meantime.
Glenn got back from New York on Monday and was with his 3-year-old son on the way to return the SUV on Tuesday when he was pulled over and arrested, Vera said.
As a former Ohio State star, this can’t be the first time he has received an expensive automobile without establishing who would be paying for it.
• STAR TREATMENT — Long before Terrell Owens played for the Dallas Cowboys, his biggest claim to fame at Texas Stadium was two touchdown celebrations in the center of the blue star at midfield.
The Cowboys’ new stadium has a similar star logo painted in the center of the playing surface, and, apparently, it’s still a target for opponents. A Philadelphia Eagles employee videotaped himself spitting on the star twice before Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Dave Spadaro, the editor of philadelphiaeagles.com, was giving fans a glimpse of what the new stadium looks like from the field when he panned down to show the offending act.
“There you go, fellas,” he said. “Spit on that star. I could do more. You know, Dallas kind of deserves a second one.”
So he did it again.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Spadaro issued a letter of apology to Cowboys fans.
The fact that loving the Eagles is not a crime will keep him out of prison, but it’s not likely to keep him off the unemployment line.
• PEARL OF WISDOM — Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl had one of the quickest realizations of a slip of the tongue in recent memory when talking about his team’s chances against Charlotte.
Pearl was discussing how his team would be able to perform despite the absence of four players who were suspended after being arrested on drug and gun possession charges.
After praising Charlotte, Pearl tried to make the point that his team still had potential despite the suspensions.
“We’ve got weapons. We still have got weapons,” Pearl said, before a sickened look appeared on his face. “That’s terrible. I apologize. We still have players that have abilities and have dimensions of their games that we can use.”
Maybe Pearl was just lobbying for an NBA job with the Washington Wizards.
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