While police admitted Tuesday they did not arrest Whitehead for a June shoplifting charge, the receiver’s agent, David Rich, said the Cowboys were unwilling to accept that truth beforehand.
According to Rich, Whitehead met with the Cowboys to make his case to stay with the only pro team he’s known, but did not receive the response he was looking for from the coaching staff.
“They basically sat across the table, eye to eye, man to man, and he (Whitehead) said, ‘I need you to believe me, coach,'” Rich told “PFT Live” on Wednesday. “And they said, ‘We think you’re a liar.'”
Rich also said Whitehead probably won’t be open to re-signing with Dallas after the messy breakup, despite enjoying his experience with the team.
“I can’t speak for Lucky, we’d have to have a conversation about it because he loved being a Cowboy so much. I can’t put into words – this dude loved it, loved it as much as I’ve ever had a player love an organization. Loved it,” Rich said. “This guy was arguably the most popular player on the team, which is interesting to have this happen to him, but I don’t think so.”
Rich added that he believes the team was already looking to replace Whitehead, and that the decision was partly due to the receiver’s on-field performance.
“I think they’d already moved on from Lucky,” Rich said. “I think they had already decided it was too much of a distraction, I think they drafted Ryan Switzer … who does a lot of the things Lucky does, so they just decided he was unnecessary.”
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