Why did police release Cameron Sutton after ex-Lions CB surrendered for domestic violence?

Cameron Sutton began his NFL journey when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft from the University of Tennessee. After spending six seasons with the Steelers, he established himself as a reliable cornerback before making a move to the Detroit Lions.

Nevertheless, his time with the Lions took a sad turn when he found himself entangled in legal issues related to domestic violence after just one year with the team.

Why was Cameron Sutton released by the police?

Former NFL cornerback Cameron Sutton’s attorneys, Todd Foster and Jason Stechen, issued a statement on Monday regarding his recent release from jail in Tampa, Florida. The statement, as reported by Jordan Schultz, characterized the situation as an internal matter.

“On March 31, 2024, Mr. Cameron Sutton voluntarily turned himself into the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. On April 1, 2024, he was released on his own recognizance.”

The decision to release Sutton came after he and the mother of his children requested privacy, viewing the matter as a family issue that they wished to resolve privately. Following an investigation, the Office of the State Attorney has chosen to file a single misdemeanor charge.

“After completing an investigation into this matter, the Office of the State Attorney has elected to file a single misdemeanor. Both Mr. Sutton and the mother of his children request privacy in this matter, as they view this as a family matter and wish to resolve it as a family.”

The alleged incident that led to the arrest warrant occurred on March 7th around 4:30 am, per ESPN. This prompted authorities to take action and issue a warrant for Sutton’s arrest.

Sutton turned himself in to Florida authorities on Sunday night, putting an end to an 11-day search that began when an arrest warrant was issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The search intensified nearly two weeks ago after the sheriff’s office requested public assistance in locating Sutton.

Can Cameron Sutton make an NFL comeback?

Cameron Sutton’s promising tenure with the Detroit Lions came to an abrupt end just a day after news of an arrest warrant surfaced. Nevertheless, there still remains hope for Sutton to make a comeback in the NFL, as history has shown that players with legal issues, including domestic violence, have been given second chances in the league.

Names like Ray McDonald and Chris Cook of the San Francisco 49ers, Randy Starks of the Miami Dolphins, Tony McDaniel and Kevin Williams of the Seattle Seahawks, Frostee Rucker of the Arizona Cardinals, Brandon Marshall and Santonio Holmes of the Chicago Bears, Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers have all found success on the field despite legal troubles.

Throughout his time with the Lions, Sutton displayed his potential by starting in all 20 games last season, showcasing his value on the field. With his experience and skills, Sutton could be a valuable addition to any NFL team looking to bolster their roster during this free agency period.

Who knows, the Lions themselves may consider re-signing their released player, providing him with an opportunity to prove his prowess once again on the football field. Only time will tell where Sutton’s NFL journey will take him next.

Shabiha Akter

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