Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was arrested early Wednesday morning on a criminal speeding charge, the Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed.
The arrest happened at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday along Loop 101 in north Phoenix, less than an hour before the Cardinals were on the field for practice. Brown was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and made an initial appearance before a judge in Maricopa County Superior Court Wednesday evening.
After spending the day in custody, Brown was released on his own recognizance by the judge who presided over his brief hearing. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 23.
The Cardinals issued a statement Wednesday morning on the matter.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required. We will comment further as appropriate,” the statement read.
Brown was activated off the non-football injury list Tuesday and took part in a walk-through portion of that day’s training camp practice at State Farm Stadium. The Cardinals are bringing him along slowly after a minor hamstring injury landed him on the injured list to open camp, and he had not done any work on the field until Tuesday.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that the hope was that Brown could get on the field by the end of the week.
“We’re just easing him back. And we want to start off with the walk-throughs. And then I’m hoping by the end of the week he can start some (independent work), and then I’m guessing Monday full go if everything stays on course,” Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury on Wednesday said the Cardinals had hoped Brown could be back by this weekend. The news of Brown’s arrest broke shortly after Kingsbury’s comments following Wednesday’s practice.
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Brown was a big-name acquisition for the Cardinals in the offseason, a trade made to help offset the absence of star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is suspended for the regular season’s first six games.
State law says a person can be charged with criminal speeding if he or she exceeds 85 mph on a highway. Criminal speeding is a Class 3 misdemeanor under Arizona law, and possible punishments include up to 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Jail time is considered rare.