Packers CB Makinton Dorleant arrested in Iowa

Michael Cohen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall were arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa, early Sunday morning after a disturbance at a local bar, according to the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

Hall, 22, was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. Dorleant, 24, was cited for interference.

Both players were booked and released. All charges are misdemeanors.

PDF: Read the complaint

The incident took place at Sharky’s Fun House in Cedar Falls, a short walk from the University of Northern Iowa campus where Hall and Dorleant played college football. Hall was a fourth-round pick of the Bears in the 2016 draft, while Dorleant made the Packers’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent the same year.

“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in,” Dorleant told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a telephone interview. “He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us.

“They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”

In a statement, the Packers said: "We are aware of the matter involving Makinton Dorleant and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will withhold further comment."

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Officers arrived at Sharky’s Fun House shortly after midnight Sunday, according to an incident report obtained by the Journal Sentinel, and a fight was already underway.

Hall, the report says, was in the middle of the disturbance “flailing his arms and yelling profanity at bar staff and patrons.” When an officer removed him from the crowd, Hall continued “trying to get away from officers and he was yelling and spitting in the faces of the officers present.”

The officers smelled alcohol on his breath and said Hall’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. His speech was slurred and his balance was unstable.

Hall resisted as he was placed in handcuffs and refused to enter the backseat of a squad car, at which point an officer tasered his left leg.

Dorleant, the report says, attempted to grab Hall and pull him away from the officers despite verbal instructions to stay back from the scene. Once Hall was driven away, Dorleant approached an officer while “yelling and waving his arms in a threatening manner.”

He did the same with two additional officers, the report said, which prompted one of them to pull his ASP baton.

“The defendant was yelling and using profanity at all of the officers,” according to the report. “The defendant was admittedly ‘jacked up’ on adrenaline.”

Dorleant was placed under arrest and charged with misdemeanor interference.

“There was no altercation with no officers,” Dorleant said. “Nothing really happened. There were a lot of people out, actually. … Cedar Falls is like a three- or four-hour drive for me and (Deiondre’), so we were hanging out. There was a lot of people in the area, so (the police) were already there.

“They fined me. After that, I don’t know what they did with Deiondre’. ... Nothing really happened. Deiondre’ went about his way and I went about my own way.”

Dorleant signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in May. He earned a spot on the 53-man roster but was placed on injured reserve almost immediately with a hamstring injury.

The Packers used their designated-to-return option on Dorleant in early December after fellow cornerback Demetri Goodson (knee) was placed on injured reserve. Dorleant played five snaps from scrimmage and also contributed on special teams before suffering a torn ACL in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions.

Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant  was arrested Saturday night in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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