Randy Starks cannot be having a good Memorial Day weekend because he is spending part of it in jail.
The defensive end about to embark on his second Dolphins season was arrested on aggravated battery charges just after midnight Sunday morning for effectively using a Freightliner (a monster truck as you can see in the picture of a sister truck) as a weapon on South Beach.
Unwisely, Starks allegedly used that weapon on a Miami Beach police officer.
Starks was obviously in party mode as he was driving his truck with a woman sitting on his lap.
The Dolphins know about Starks' arrest which pretty much rules out the possibility it might have been a case of mistaken identity.
"We were only recently made aware of the situation," Dolphins senior vice president of media relations Harvey Greene said. "Since we're still in the process of gathering information, we have no comment."
Starks is immediately subject to the NFL personal conduct policy. Under the policy, anyone merely arrested is required to "undergo consultation and additional counseling as required."
If Starks is convicted of his charge or pleads guilty to a lesser related charge, he would be subject to discipline as determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Such discipline can include a fine, suspension without pay or even banishment -- which obviously is the nuclear option not on the table here. Keep in mind these are stipulations for a first-time offense.
Second-time offenders must be suspended without pay and can be banished, as determined by the commissioner.