Report: Coach nude at drive-through window

Posted: September 08, 2006

Detroit Lions defensive-line coach Joe Cullen was arrested and charged with indecent and obscene conduct on Aug. 24, when he reportedly placed an order in the nude at a fast-food restaurant's drive-through lane in Dearborn, Mich.

A worker at Wendy's, who took down the license number of Cullen's SUV, told police officers, "the suspect did nothing obscene, other than being naked at the drive-through," according to the Detroit Free Press.

The Lions suspended Cullen, 38, for Sunday's opener against Seattle because of his two recent arrests, NFL sources said. He also was arrested and charged with drunken driving on Sept. 1.

The Lions issued a statement calling both of Cullen's arrests "alcohol-related misdemeanors." Court records said his blood-alcohol content in the second arrest was 0.12, above the Michigan legal limit of 0.08. But police reports did not mention anything about alcohol or Cullen being drunk in the first incident.

Cullen, who was fired from Mississippi in March 2005 after being arrested for public drunkenness in a restaurant, has sought help and is getting "treatment," Lions officials said. He apologized in a statement and was at practice yesterday but was not available for comment.

Noteworthy

* Redskins tackle Jon Jansen said it would be "very naive and foolish" to think NFL players aren't using human growth hormone. But he backed down from his statement that "maybe 15, 20 percent" of players use illegal performance-enhancing substances. Most of the Redskins didn't have much to say regarding Jansen's comments on HGH. Coach Joe Gibbs' comment was typical: "To be quite truthful, I don't know what it is."

* Arbitrator John Feerick, of Fordham Law School, has reserved judgment on a grievance filed by the players association on behalf of Patriots hold-out wide receiver Deion Branch, according to ESPN. In the grievance, Branch contended the Patriots reneged on a verbal promise to trade him if he reached a contract agreement with another team, and that team made a fair trade proposal to the Patriots. The Seahawks and Jets reached deals with Branch reached deals with Branch, but neither team could satisfy the Patriots' demands.

In another Patriots matter, linebacker Tedy Bruschi returned to practice with a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist and is questionable for Sunday's opener against Buffalo.

* Offensive lineman John Welbourn would be welcomed by former Kansas City teammates but Chiefs executives seem to be skeptical about a player who will have missed 10 games in 2 years for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL announced Wednesday that Welbourn, a former Eagle who retired in June but later asked for reinstatement, had been suspended for six games.

* Jacksonville could be without two top defensive players for its opener Sunday against Dallas - Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud has a sprained right ankle and linebacker Mike Peterson has an injured right knee.

* Carolina All-Pro receiver Steve Smith (strained hamstring) missed practice and remains questionable for Sunday's opener against Atlanta. *

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