WATCH: NFL player has heated exchange with police during arrest

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WATCH: NFL player has heated exchange with police during arrest

  • Story Highlights
  • An NFL player was arrested Sunday in Chamblee.
  • Malik McDowell allegedly got drunk and started arguments at a club.
  • Police body camera video shows the player verbally assaulting officers.

“I got money, that’s why I can talk.”

That’s about the only thing Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Malik McDowell said to police during a Sunday arrest that is fit to print.

The NFL player — who has yet to see any action after he was hurt in an ATV crash before the season started — is facing a disorderly conduct charge for his alleged drunken behavior outside the SL Lounge in Chamblee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

Police took McDowell into custody about 2:30 a.m. at the club in the 4100 block of Buford Highway, according to an arrest report.

The police body camera video obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows McDowell using expletives nearly every other word. He verbally assaults a female officer and then complains about being arrested, Channel 2 reported.

Malik McDowell is a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

It all started when McDowell allegedly argued with staff at the club about parking and paying for a special section of the club. McDowell believed someone had stolen $600 from him, the police report states. 

Someone called the cops and that’s when the female officer tried to calm McDowell down. 

“Y’all ain’t got enough money for me ...,” McDowell continued with his tirade.

The officer grabbed her Taser and pointed it at the football player, who stands 6-foot-6, the report states.

McDowell continues to yell on camera about how much money he paid in taxes this year and that he can say whatever he wants. 

He’s still part of the Seahawks, Channel 2 reported, and the league hasn’t released a statement.

McDowell was released Sunday on a $325 bond. 

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