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Davone Bess, Former Miami Dolphin, Arrested for Assaulting Officer at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport UPDATE

Former Miami Dolphins and current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly assaulting an officer at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Police have yet to release any information on what led to the alleged incident.

Bess, who has reportedly been going through personal family struggles, was arrested a day after he tweeted out a photograph of what appeared to be alcohol and marijuana. The tweet also read, "We da real dons!"

Bess, 28, was taken into custody and booked in the Broward County Jail, where he was being held early Friday.

Details of the assault are unknown, but NBC Miami is reporting that the arrest is being called a misdemeanor, according to jail records.

Over the past year, reports had surfaced that Bess had been dealing with personal problems. Bess was traded to the Browns last offseason and had a rough 2013 campaign. He led the league in dropped passes and was then placed on the reserve/nonfootball illness list by the Browns for personal reasons.

On Thursday, sports Twitter as buzzing after he posted a photo of items on a table that included a cell phone, a glass of what appears to be alcohol, a lighter, and substance that appeared to be pot.

The Browns say they are investigating the tweet, which has since been deleted.

Bess began his career with the Dolphins in 2008 as an undrafted free agent from the University of Hawaii. He caught 54 passes his first season, the second most by a rookie in NFL history.

UPDATE: The Sun Sentinel reports that Bess was charged with assault on an officer, firefighter, EMT, etc.; disorderly conduct; and resisting an officer without violence.

Witnesses told police Bess was acting in a bizarre manner inside the airport. He was reportedly singing and dancing with his pants falling down.

A police officer asked Bess to stop. Bess then grabbed a coffee mug and reportedly squeezed it until it broke. Some of the coffee spilled onto the officer, and Bess took a fighting stance. Bess was asked to stand down and get on the floor but refused.

"Bess appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic due to his irrational behavior," the officer wrote in the police report. "He appeared to be looking through me when I was talking to him."

The officer also wrote that he struck Bess in the leg with a baton to subdue him.

"Fearing that I was about to be battered I struck Bess with my [retractable baton] in the leg, which had no effect."

Bess then reportedly took off his shirt and took another fighting stance. He eventually calmed down before backup units arrived and arrested him.

Bess has since bonded out of jail but would not talk to media about the incident.

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