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NFL Quarterback Stunned with Taser by Police

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Not even the most crunching quarterback sack can compare to what NFL signal caller Josh Booty was hit with last week in California. After allegedly becoming combative with Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Deputies, the former Louisiana State University and NFL signal caller was stunned with a Taser gun after being arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Orange County Register.

Booty was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after being pulled over for a traffic violation on a California freeway. Booty is the older brother of University of Southern California quarterback John David Booty.  The older Booty is a sportscaster for the FOX Television Network in Los Angeles.

Taser is an electroshock weapon that emits a temporary, high-voltage, low-current electrical discharge to disarm an individual. The recipient feels pain and can be momentarily paralyzed, according to Wikipedia.

Orange County Sheriff Department Lt. Hal Brotheim said the 6-2, 221-pound Booty became irritated and started fighting with deputies while he was being moved from one cell to another.

"He became belligerent and uncooperative," said Jim Amormino of the sheriff’s department. During the altercation, Booty fell and hit his head on a table. Booty apologized and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Booty played professional baseball for five years in the Florida Marlins' organization before enrolling at LSU to play football for two years. He then opted for the NFL, where he played three seasons with Cleveland before signing with Oakland.

Booty was released with a citation to appear in court.


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