New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave was arrested on Monday night for reckless driving after he was pulled over by police in Kenner, Louisiana.
According to reports, Olave was driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone and “recklessly maneuvering between lanes and around other drivers on the roadway.“
In a video of the traffic stop that has gone viral on social media, Olave can be seen trying to explain himself to the officer by saying, “My bad dawg… I play for the Saints, man.“
The officer is not impressed. “And?” he replies sarcastically before continuing to book and take Olave into custody.
Olave was released from jail later that same night, but he is now facing charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
The Saints organization has released a statement saying that they are aware of Olave’s arrest and that they are “monitoring the situation closely.“
This is not the first time that an NFL player has tried to use their status to avoid arrest. In fact, it’s a surprisingly common occurrence.
In 2019, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Elliott tried to use his celebrity status to get out of the arrest, but he was ultimately charged with a DUI.
In 2018, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree was arrested for assault. Crabtree also tried to use his status to avoid arrest, but he was charged with a misdemeanor.
It’s clear that being an NFL player doesn’t give you a free pass to break the law. If you’re caught committing a crime, you’re going to be held accountable, just like everyone else.
Gossip Girl Takeaway:
Chris Olave is a talented young wide receiver, but he needs to learn a thing or two about humility. Trying to use your status as an NFL player to avoid arrest is just a bad look.
I’m glad that the officer in this case didn’t let Olave get away with it. He should be treated just like anyone else who breaks the law.
I’m also curious to see how the Saints organization handles this situation. Will they suspend Olave? Will they fine him? Or will they just sweep it under the rug?
Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure: Chris Olave needs to learn his lesson.