Well, if you don’t, he’s the guy who claimed he “didn’t do it” – a claim that could have been used this week after it was alleged by Miami police that they had arrested Davenport following a police chase April 11.
When police saw a vehicle that allegedly matched one used in a robbery, they gave chase. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was apprehended. He was believed to have been Davenport, but as it turns out, the man they took into custody was 36-year-old Damian Coleman who was in possession of Davenport’s identification. He gave the ID to police officers after being apprehended.
Davenenport was a Green Bay Packers running back between 2002 and 2005. Playing sparingly during that time, Davenport carried the ball 217 times for 1,068 yards, seven touchdowns and a 4.9 yard average. He was blessed with size and speed, but never became a number one back with any of the three teams with which he played – the Packers, the Steelers and the Colts.
Though he was not involved in this most recent incident, Davenport has had run-ins with the law in the past – the most notorious being a stinky affair in July 2002 in Miami.
Here’s how the AP described the incident:
MIAMI, July 8, 2002 — Green Bay Packers fullback Najeh Davenport was arrested Monday, accused of breaking into a university dormitory and defecating in a woman’s closet.
According to police, Davenport crept into a dorm room at Barry University around 6 a.m. on April 1. A woman sleeping in the room, Mary McCarthy, told police she was startled by a strange sound and saw Davenport squatting in her closet. Davenport then allegedly defecated in a laundry basket, McCarthy told detectives.
Davenport eventually settled to serve community service and actually said afterward, “Where’s the evidence? Where’s the manure? I know I didn’t do it — I just wanted to get it over with.” His attorney also chimed in: “Najeh wants to put this behind him like he does linebackers in the NFL.”
There are plenty of jokes in that story, but we’ll also leave it all behind, just like Najeh did.