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Lucky Whitehead, a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested and charged with shoplifting from a Wawa store in Prince William County, Virgina. Police issued a statement today (July 25) stating that Whitehead was mistakenly identified in the crime, which led to the NFL team letting him go.

ESPN reports:

The Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department said in a statement Tuesday that the man charged with shoplifting on June 22 was not former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, as they had originally indicated.

Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday that this was a case of mistaken identity. Rich cited flight records to prove that Whitehead wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the incident.

The Cowboys, however, released Whitehead and cited a pattern of behavior in justifying the move.

“Completely surprised,” Rich told ESPN’s Todd Archer on Tuesday of the original report. “Everybody was, the Cowboys, Lucky, myself. That’s what drove this thing. From the first call it was a breakup tone. I’ve been broken up with before, and I know what that sounds like. It was, ‘You better have a darn good reason for this,’ and we were completely blindsided by it.”

Despite the news, the Cowboys said they’re not looking to bring Whitehead back to the team. The player’s agent is confident a team will offer him a tryout for the upcoming season.

Imagine being fired from your job for something you didn’t do. Wouldn’t you be raising hell right now?

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