Rich told the Cowboys he didn't appear in court because he never received the citation and summons.
But get this, despite official court records with his name and birthdate - and confirmation from the Prince William County Police Dept. of an arrest of a 25-year-old Rodney Whitehead Jr. That's because he had no idea the court date was ever scheduled.
The court date has been rescheduled for August 10.
They said the alleged shoplifting incident happened hours before Whitehead's flight from Dallas to Washington, D.C., departed.
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It's been a whirlwind offseason for Whitehead, whose dog was recently held for ransom and later returned by a local rapper. One one hand, Whitehead is out of a job and is being tracked down for his arrest, while his agent is claiming that he wasn't even in the area, with valid proof.
Whitehead also denied that he was involved in the shoplifting incident in a statement to CowboysHQ.com.
ESPN reports that team sources indicate the Cowboys weren't interested in hearing Whitehead's explanation and that they simply wanted to release him after yet another incident.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Whitehead served as the team's punt and kickoff returner and combined for nine catches and 64 yards in 30 games over his first two National Football League seasons. He has rushed 20 times for 189 yards and caught nine passes for 64 yards.
When the Cowboys inevitably cut Whitehead, Blitz may need a new jersey.