Former Hawkeye Shonn Greene arrested
Titans running back Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday night on a handful of charges, the most serious a resisting stop charge stemming from him leaving the scene of an incident in Franklin, Tennessee.
Greene was charged with a handicap parking violation, driving on a revoked/suspended license, reckless driving and resisting stop/halt/frisk.
The incident began when Greene parked in a handicap parking space on the square in Franklin, located roughly 20 miles south of Nashville. When a parking enforcement officer approached Greene to issue a citation, police say he got in his 2012 BMW M6 and maneuvered to get around the parking enforcement officer's vehicle.
According to police, Greene nearly struck the officer's vehicle, and sped off from the area. Greene was later approached when he got caught up in traffic, but sped off again, police say.
Through an investigation, Franklin police determined Greene was the individual involved in the incident. Police got in touch with the Titans and arranged for Greene to turn himself in on Friday night around 9 p.m. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released at 10:38 p.m.
Sergeant Charles Warner of the Franklin Police Department said the entire incident could have been avoided.
"The entire situation could have been avoided if he would have left that handicap space for who it was intended for,'' Warner said.
"The fact that he didn't and got caught being parked there, he could have stopped things from going any further than a parking ticket if he would have simply communicated with the parking enforcement officer and not taken such evasive measures to get away from her, increasing the seriousness of what would have been a simple parking ticket."
The parking enforcement officer is a civilian, not a sworn police officer, "but certain laws apply to her and her authority," Warner said.
Greene turned himself in after being informed there were warrants for his arrest, Warner said. His court date has been scheduled for November 13 in General Sessions at 1 p.m.
The Titans could not immediately be reached for comment. A member of the team's media relations department posted a team photo taken on Saturday morning at Saint Thomas Sports Park, and Greene appeared in the photo, in uniform.
Greene has played in five games this season, rushing for 190 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries. He's missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but returned to practice this week. On Friday, the Titans listed him as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans on the team's official Injury Report.
The Titans signed Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract prior to last season. He played in 11 games in 2013 and rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns. Greene is making $2.3 million this season after collecting $4.15 million in base salary ($1.65) and signing bonus ($2.5 million) last March.
Greene played from 2009-2012 with the Jets.
The Titans don't have a shortage of running backs. Just this week the Titans promoted Antonio Andrews from the practice squad, and he joined running backs Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington and Jackie Battle, in addition to Greene.
Sankey leads the Titans with 267 yards and a touchdown.