Accusers say Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby grabbed the buttocks of two women inside Cyn nightclub, the reason management kicked him out of the Fort Lauderdale hotspot.
That’s according to new police reports released to the public Thursday. Shelby has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins as they try to sort out exactly what happened in his bye-week altercation with police.
Shelby has been charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors. Through his attorney, Shelby has professed his innocence.
But with each passing day, Fort Lauderdale police continue to build their case against Shelby through the media, releasing an avalanche of paperwork that all tells the same story:
Shelby became irate after his removal from Cyn, wanted to return to the club to “face [his] accusers,” and ignored officers’ commands to leave the area.
Shelby was ultimately hit three times with a stun gun and left with a bloodied and swollen face, which police say was the result of a fall during a struggle with police.
“I did not strike, nor did I observe any law enforcement officer strike Shelby, anywhere on his face or body,” said the on-scene supervisor.
Added another Fort Lauderdale cop who was involved in the arrest: “Neither myself or any other officer on scene utilized any striking techniques against Shelby.”
Other details from police records:
Before the scuffle, an officer asked Shelby to move 20 yards away from the front of the nightclub. Shelby’s response: “OK, I don’t have a yardstick. How far is 20 yards?”
During processing, Shelby accused one of the officers of kneeing him in the back when Shelby was face-down on the ground. The officer said that did not happen.
He demanded the cop’s name and badge number. The officer identified himself as Sgt. Cruz.
Shelby then reportedly asked: “Do you like your job, Sgt. Cruz?”
According to another officer, the Dolphins defensive end claimed his lip was bloody because Shelby bit it during the struggle.
▪ Knowshon Moreno said Thursday that running with his left elbow in a brace “hasn’t worked that well.” When asked if he could deal with a brace during games, the running back added: “Hard to tell. Still not sure.”
Moreno, who has missed three games with a dislocated elbow, was limited in his participation Thursday.
▪ Better news for Brandon Gibson (hamstring) and Cortland Finnegan (neck), however. Both practiced on a limited basis Thursday after being held out altogether Wednesday. Finnegan said he expects to play Sunday against the Packers.
▪ Through four games, Charles Clay hasn’t come close to matching his production from a year ago, when he had six touchdown catches and 759 receiving yards. Clay has repeatedly denied that a knee injury sustained in the preseason is the reason for his regression.
“It hasn’t gone as I planned,” said Clay, who has caught just 14 passes this season – none for touchdowns. “Obviously, I set very high standards for myself. The bye week kind of gave us a chance to look back at those things, kind of look back and figure out how I could correct them. It’s just a matter of doing it now. I’m ready to go.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.