Saturday, July 22, 2000

Bengal Scott arrested


Cycle shop has been trying to collect on bad check

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Darnay Scott, the Cincinnati Bengals' top receiver, was arrested overnight Thursday and spent nine hours in police custody.

        Mr. Scott, 28, was picked up at his Florence home around midnight and charged with a felony count of theft by deception.

        His arrest stems from a bad check Mr. Scott wrote for $5,157.92 to J&J Custom Cycles in Florence, Boone County Sheriff Mike Helmig said Friday.

        Mr. Scott was taken to the Boone County Detention Center in Burlington. He posted a $5,000 cash bond at 9:30 Friday morning. He arrived for the first day of the Bengals training camp here at 11 a.m. and declined to comment on his arrest.

        He has a 10 a.m. Aug. 4 appearance in Boone County District Court, Sheriff Helmig said. Mr. Scott is expected to plead not guilty, the Bengals said in a statement Friday morning.

        “The Bengals take this matter seriously, but it would not be appropriate for the club to take any action at this time,” team spokesman Jack Brennan said. “The issue at the present time involves only a charge. If action is warranted, when the issue has been resolved in the courts, the club will respond at that point.”

        Sheriff Helmig said the cycle shop owners made several attempts to resolve the matter with Mr. Scott.

        The bad check was payment on repairs done on a custom-built motorcycle, J&J office manager Elaine Agnew said.

        The motorcycle was delivered to Mr. Scott's off-season home in St. Louis in June. The bad check was dated June 10.

        “I talked to his sister,” said Mrs. Agnew, wife of business owner Jack Agnew. “She said to send it through a second time, and it bounced. We waited six weeks before we went to the police.”

        Mr. Scott, a six-year veteran, was the Bengals' top receiver last season with 68 catches for 1,022 yards and seven touchdowns. He is in the third year of a five-year contract worth $15 million. He is being counted on heavily to anchor the receiving corps, especially after the team waived veteran Carl Pickens on Thursday.

       



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