Willie McGinest, former player and the New England Patriots legend in the National Football League, was arrested on Monday morning in Los Angeles, according to a report by TMZ.
As per jail records accessed by TMZ, the 51-year-old former Patriots line breaker was booked around 7:30 AM on Monday. A $30,000 bail amount has been set for the McGinest’s release.
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It is not yet clear why the Patriot legend was booked.
Who is Willie McGinest?
Willie McGinest was born in Long Beach, California, on December 11, 1971. He was drafted in the NFL back in 1994 and played 15 seasons in the league, out of them 12 were with the Patriots.
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In his 12 seasons with the Patriots, he was selected for two Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls. Additionally, McGinest has the most sacks in postseason history. He was admitted to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2015 for his work in New England.
He was a crucial component of New England’s Super Bowl victories in 2001, 2003, and 2004. McGinest was used in a different capacity than usual for Super Bowl XXXIX.
The Patriots switched him to the defensive line as a defensive end from his customary position as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 formation in an effort to prevent Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb from scurrying.
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On March 15, 2006, McGinest signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns, rejoining defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who had worked with the Patriots before. McGinest agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the Browns that included bonuses and guarantees totaling $6 million.
In a press conference before the 2008 season, he said that he will play his final season of professional football before hanging up his helmet the following offseason. He added he wanted to finish his career with the Patriots in July 2009.
He inked a one-day deal with the Patriots on August 5, 2015, while receiving his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.