The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Mike Mason was arrested Sunday after refusing commands from two off-duty police officers to leave a downtown nightclub at closing time. Mason struggled with one of the officers and was shocked with a stun gun, Lt. Thomas Stacho said Monday. The 22-year-old Mason was charged with aggravated disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and resisting arrest – all misdemeanors.
The officers confronted Mason while trying to clear patrons from the club about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Mason refused orders to put down his drink and leave, and when the officers tried to take the drink, he “apparently slapped one of the officers’ arms away” and the two began struggling, Stacho said. Mason appeared in court Monday and later posted bail. He signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in May. Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said in a statement that the team was aware of Mason’s arrest and “takes matters such as these very seriously.”