Lions OL Verba arrested on bad checks warrant

Updated: January 4, 2007, 4:19 PM ET
Associated Press

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Detroit Lions guard Ross Verba has been arrested on a felony warrant for writing bad checks in Nevada.

A state trooper made the arrest Tuesday after pulling over a vehicle on Interstate 94 near Foster for speeding. Authorities said Verba, 33, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Capt. Doug Notbohm, commander of the Wisconsin State Patrol in Eau Claire, said Verba was cooperative throughout the process.

"The officer recognized the name, and [Verba] voluntarily identified himself as an NFL football player," Notbohm said Thursday.

The trooper discovered that Verba had a felony arrest warrant from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the bad check unit of the Clark County, Nev., district attorney's office.

Verba spent the night in jail and was released Wednesday after Nevada authorities lifted a hold on him. Notbohm said he was told Verba had resolved a misunderstanding regarding an outstanding debt with a Las Vegas establishment.

The number at Verba's most recent listed residence in suburban Minneapolis had been disconnected, and he could not be reached for comment. A message left with the Lions was not immediately returned.

Verba started seven games this year before a groin injury on Dec. 10 against the Vikings ended his season.

He was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 1997 and started at left tackle for the Packers when they reached the Super Bowl later that season, which ended with a loss to the Broncos.

After four seasons in Green Bay, Verba went on to play four seasons for the Cleveland Browns, but his relationship soured with the organization. He paid back a $465,000 roster bonus to be released in 2005.

Verba had wanted to make the same money as St. Louis' Orlando Pace and Seattle's Walter Jones, who make about $7.5 million per season. Instead, he didn't play in 2005 and signed a one-year deal with Detroit with a club option for 2007.

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