Well, this is unfortunate.
There are many football players around the country who are hoping to one day get a chance to either make it back to the NFL after their career faltered or get enough attention to get there for the first time with the opening of a new football league.
Defensive tackle for the Birmingham Iron, Lawrence Okoye, is one of those players, but he has something else he has to deal with off the field and at home at the moment.
Just days before the start of the Alliance of American Football, the former San Francisco 49ers player was caught up in a prostitution sting.
More than a dozen men were arrested on soliciting prostitution charges, including one man listed as a defensive tackle for Birmingham Iron, the city’s new AAF team.
Lawrence Okoye, 27, and 12 others were snared in an operation by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the team’s third phase of the ongoing probe since September. He is a British track and field star and holds the British record in the discus event. He previously played rugby, as well, and was named one of 10 players to watch by AL.com as the Iron begins its first season.
Okoye – listed on the Iron roster as a 6-foot-6, 311-pound defensive lineman from Croydon, England – has no college football experience. He is a former rugby player and track star, who finished 12th in the discus in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Okoye was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, but suffered a preseason injury, and he has since spent time on the practice squad with the Cardinals, Jets and Cowboys and has been on the roster and later cut by the Bears and Dolphins.
He was released on $1k bond, but still no word if he still plans to play this weekend.
The internet shows that Okoye is married as well, and fortunately and also unfortunately for him, his wife just so happens to be a lawyer. She has since put her Instagram on private.