Miami Dolphins Player Arrested After Early Morning Choking Incident

By Jeff Everette
Scenes From South Beach
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Unless you are a diehard fan of the Miami Dolphins, you may not know who Jonathon Amaya is. Honestly, even the diehard fans would have a hard time telling you who he is, unless, of course, said fan has an obsession with the special teams unit, which is where Amaya makes his money.

Well, Amaya may have decided he was tired of being a no-name special teams player and so he decided to get people talking about him. Unfortunately, he did so by choking a cab driver after a night out at the club. Allegedly (Shout out to our good friend Jim Rome.  Check out his new show on Showtime!).

NBC 6 South Florida is reporting that the Dolphins player was arrested for battery after an argument with a cab driver in Miami Beach. According to their website, Amaya had become aggressive when the taxi driver tried to return his unruly passenger back to the place he had first picked him up (a club at 4:30 a.m.). It is reported that at this point Amaya leaned forward and wrapped his hands around the cab driver’s throat. He was then arrested, booked and held on a $1,500 bond.

The Dolphins released their usual statement in regards to the situation:

We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.

Amaya has only been in the league for three seasons, spending two of those seasons with the Miami Dolphins. 2012 is his second go as a member of the Dolphins, having spent some time with the New Orleans Saints as part of the trade that brought Reggie Bush to South Beach.

If these allegations prove to be true, chances are Amaya will be looking for a new team. Coach Joe Philbin has already shown he will not tolerate this type of unprofessional and disruptive behavior. If you will recall, Philbin dismissed Chad Johnson in front of the HBO cameras without batting an eye.

After all, Johnson was a guy who could have contributed to the team’s success, so what do you think he will do to a guy who has 6 special teams tackles as the meat of his resume?


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