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Vrabel is arrested, charged with theft at casino

By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / April 5, 2011

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Former Patriots and current Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested in Indiana yesterday and charged with Class D felony theft at a casino.

According to reports from Kansas City television station KMBC and ProFootballTalk.com, the incident involved eight bottles of beer at a deli in the Belterra Casino.

According to Indiana law, nearly all thefts, including what would be considered petty theft in other states, are considered Class D felonies. Vrabel was released after posting $600 bond.

Vrabel, who was traded to Kansas City in 2009 after spending eight seasons with New England, released a statement to ProFootballTalk.com through agent Neil Cornrich:

“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication. I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter,’’ Vrabel said.

Kenny Rowan, the Indiana Gaming Commission director of enforcement, told KMBC that Vrabel was observed by an enforcement agent taking bottles of alcohol from a deli at Belterra and not paying for them.

Rowan said Vrabel was very cooperative during the investigation.

A longtime player representative in the NFL Players Association and current member of the NFLPA’s 11-man executive board, Vrabel is also one of 10 plaintiffs in the Brady et. al vs. NFL court case.

The Chiefs released a statement on Vrabel’s arrest but because of the lockout are not permitted to speak with him directly.

“We understand that Mike has communicated publicly that the matter is a misunderstanding for which he takes full responsibility. We hope it is resolved for Mike in a positive way,’’ the statement read.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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