Second-year defensive tackle Claude Wroten, expected to assume a significant role with the St. Louis Rams this season, faces misdemeanor charges in Louisiana and possible league scrutiny as well, following an alleged incident last week on the LSU campus, ESPN reports. A spokesman for the LSU police department confirmed that Wroten was arrested late last week and charged with criminal damage to property after an alleged argument with a girlfriend who had told him she was ending their relationship.
According to Maj. Lawrence Rabalais of the LSU police, Wroten kicked down the door to the girlfriend’s campus apartment and forcibly entered the residence after she refused to return items he had asked her to return to him. Wroten, 23, was taken to the offices of the LSU police in handcuffs, issued a summons and released. He remains free pending a hearing, the date for which has not yet been determined. Depending on its resolution, the incident could possibly subject Wroten to review under the NFL’s personal conduct policy and possible league sanctions.St. Louis coaches said last month that Wroten, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at the time that his off-field problems were “totally behind him,” enjoyed a solid spring in the Rams’ minicamps and organized team activities (OTAs) sessions. Once regarded as a first-round prospect, after a college career in which he demonstrated rare inside pass-rush skills, Wroten slipped to the third round, the 68th overall slot in the draft. Wroten signed a four-year, $2.41 million contract that included an $805,000 signing bonus.