Former Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk was considered a potential first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. He ended up going in the second round, 47th overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
A new report from AZCentral.com indicates that Kirk was arrested in early February, nearly two months before the draft. The arrest occurred as he was leaving the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Per AZCentral, Kirk and some friends were throwing rocks at cars while leaving the golf tournament. They were charged with criminal damage, and the case is still pending.
Kirk is a Scottsdale, Ariz. native and an alumnus of Saguaro High School.
According to Scottsdale Police: “The suspects were intoxicated and leaving the WMPO. As they were walking through a parking lot, security personnel observed them throwing rocks at cars and breaking a window of at least one of them.”
It is unclear if Kirk’s arrest affected his draft stock, but the Cardinals knew about the incident and felt comfortable picking him.
“We spoke with Christian about it at length and also looked into it independently. Our understanding is that the process will be resolved in the near future but while it remains an active legal matter, we won’t comment further,” the Cardinals said.
While this doesn’t appear to be a major problem going forward, Kirk should probably show better judgment. He’s now going to be playing in the NFL near where he grew up.
Temptations will always be there, but they aren’t worth the trouble.