Former Northview High, Florida State University and current Dallas Cowboys football player Marquez White was arrested on June 15 in Collin County, Texas, and charged with second degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following what White described as a “road rage incident” which occurred on Oct. 20 of 2017.
In a statement provided to the Dothan Eagle concerning the charges brought against him, White wrote, “Me and my legal team believe strongly that this a personal attack on my image as well as the Star” – the latter in reference to the Cowboys’ signature star logo.
The story was first reported on Monday by the FOX affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth, KDFW FOX 4 News.
In the FOX report, defense attorney Toby Shook said it happened as White was heading home and exiting the tollway. He sped up to exit and another man sped up on the service road.
The two exchanged words and began driving aggressively. Shook said White also pulled out a gun that he legally owned. The other man followed White to his apartment and called police.
White wasn’t initially arrested. He later moved and that delayed the investigation, Shook said.
He’s now facing charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony. Plano, Texas, police confirmed the arrest of June 15 according to the FOX 4 report.
White said he turned himself into authorities after being informed by the Cowboys during a practice session there was a warrant for his arrest. Records from the Collin County Sherriff’s Office show he was released on a $7,500 bond the same day of the arrest.
White, a star defensive back during his high school and college days, was a sixth round NFL Draft pick of the Cowboys in 2017. He played in some preseason games last season and then signed to the practice squad. He is currently on the Cowboys’ roster.
The following statement from White was emailed to the Dothan Eagle:
“On the day of October 20th, 2017 I was involved in a road rage incident in which my life was threatened and resulted in me having to draw my weapon. I was getting off of highway 121 onto the access road near Tennyson Parkway in Plano, TX where I was met by an aggressive driver. I was trying to get over to avoid running into the wall where the lanes merge, but he then increased speed forcing me to make the decision to either run into the wall or cut him off.
“I eventually made my way in front of him and he proceeded to ride very closely and aggressively on my tail. I hit the brakes to get him off of me and could then see him becoming very angry in my rear view mirror. He then sped up again and I hit my brakes again and after this time he pulled over to my driver side while still driving and proceeded to yell racial slurs such as the “N” word while also threatening to kill me. Simultaneously while doing this he began to reach towards his glove box and that is when I flashed my weapon. He then hit the brakes, got behind me, and proceeded to follow me to my house. Upon arriving at my house I exited my car and went into my home as he sat outside and contacted the authorities.
“When the police got there I came downstairs on my own and gave them my side of the story. He admitted to tailing me and pulling to my driver side, but denied any of the things he said. They retrieved my weapon from my home for evidence and NO arrest was made that day. On June 14th, 2018 during practice I received a notice from the team that there was a felony warrant issued for my arrest for the October 20th incident.
“There were about 5 officers on the scene, but two weeks later a female officer contacted me from her personal phone number asking for me to come in to answer a few more questions. I initially agreed to come in, but I postponed this meeting after being advised to not speak without a lawyer present. She assured me that no lawyer was needed, but I was still not comfortable speaking without one present.
“I was informed that multiple letters were sent to my old address in Tallahassee, FL and that attempts were made to contact me, however I changed my number during the season. Me and my legal team believe strongly that this a personal attack on my image as well as the Star.”