CLEVELAND-- Two Browns players have been indicted on felony charges following a Christmas Day traffic stop.
Armonty Bryant has been indicted on two counts of drug possession; De'Ante Saunders was indicted for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
Saunders, who was on the Browns practice squad at the time, and Bryant, who was a passenger in Saunders' car, were stopped on I-71 southbound in Brook Park at about 2:15 a.m. Christmas Day.
The State Highway Patrol says Saunders was cited for driving under the influence as well as driving 75 in a 65 mile an hour zone. He refused a blood alcohol test at the scene and was arrested. Authorities said a gun was confiscated from Saunders' car as well.
An attorney for Saunders submitted a not guilty plea in court back on December 28 on his behalf.
We have reached out to the Browns for comment on the indictments. After the arrests of Saunders and Bryant, the Browns released the following statement:
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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