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Report: Seahawks top rookie pick Malik McDowell arrested for disorderly conduct

The Seahawks have reportedly released 22-year-old defensive lineman Malik McDowell from their non-football injury list. Their top rookie draft choice from 2017 never practiced let alone played for Seattle because of head injuries from a mysterious ATV accident in the summer of 2017, weeks after he signed his contract.
The Seahawks have reportedly released 22-year-old defensive lineman Malik McDowell from their non-football injury list. Their top rookie draft choice from 2017 never practiced let alone played for Seattle because of head injuries from a mysterious ATV accident in the summer of 2017, weeks after he signed his contract. dperine@thenewstribune.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. This has been a really bad debut year for Malik McDowell.

The Seahawks’ top draft choice from the spring was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct at the door of an Atlanta night club, according to a report Sunday from TMZ.

A Seahawks spokesman at Sunday’s game in Jacksonville had no comment on the report.

The defensive lineman from Michigan State has not practiced let alone played for Seattle since his ATV accident in Michigan in July. He got serious head injuries from that, including a concussion, and the Seahawks don’t know when or if he will be able to play again.

McDowell’s latest incident came while his team was here in Florida to play the Jaguars Sunday. TMZ’s report says McDowell, who turned 21 in June, was arrested early Sunday in Atlanta “after a cop says she saw him getting into a verbal altercation outside the front doors of a club called St. Lounge.”

TMZ cited an incident report that stated McDowell was shouting at the head of security for the club about $600 he believed St. Lounge owed him, “even though he was repeatedly told by staff and his own friend they didn’t have the cash he demanded.”

After eventually being allowed in the club he was kicked out while still shouting about the $600, the report states.

“The cop says she was told McDowell poured out a couple bottles of liquor inside and got booted,” TMZ’s report says.

McDowell then went on a profanity-filled tirade against two officers. The arresting officer reported she felt she almost had to use pepper spray and a taser to subdue McDowell. He was booked for disorderly conduct and released on $325 bond, the report states.

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