Attorney submits not guilty plea on behalf of Browns’ De’Ante Saunders

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BEREA, Ohio — An attorney for Cleveland Browns practice squad safety De’Ante Saunders submitted a not guilty plea on his behalf after a traffic stop early Christmas morning.

Saunders, who was in a vehicle with Browns’ linebacker Armonty Bryant, was pulled over on Interstate 71 southbound in Brook Park about 2:15 a.m. Friday.

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports state that Saunders was cited for driving under the influence and driving 75 in a 65-mile-per-hour zone. Saunders reportedly refused a blood alcohol test at the scene and was arrested.

Authorities say a gun was confiscated from the car. There was also Adderall found in the vehicle, say authorities. Bryant was also arrested but has not been charged.

The case will be forwarded to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Browns released this statement Saturday morning:

We are aware of the arrests of De’Ante Saunders and Armonty Bryant after a traffic stop early Friday morning.

These are charges that we take very seriously. The importance of responsible decision-making is something we continually stress to all members of our organization, which makes it extremely disappointing that these two individuals would put themselves in this situation by making such poor decisions.

Armonty will be inactive on Sunday for our game against the Chiefs and will not travel with the team to Kansas City so he can tend to this personal legal matter.

In addition to being a pending legal matter, this incident is subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and we have no further comment at this time.

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