Pensacola, Florida, escort NFL players in escort from Jacksonville Jaguars game to Pensacol, Florida
The Pensacolas police department has a new way to make it easier for NFL players to avoid arrest for the Jaguars game.
Officers can use a video camera to escort NFL star Cam Newton and other NFL players who have been charged with felony or misdemeanor offenses from the Florida State-Pensacol State University football game on Saturday.
They can also be arrested and booked at a hotel or hotel lobby, and the players can be released after paying a fine.
Police in Pensacolon also are using the video camera technology to escort police officers, who have not been arrested, to the Jacksonville Jaguars football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who play the Panthers, have been accused of engaging in a bounty program in which the NFL pays players to take hits and then give them money to keep playing.
Newton, who is accused of using an electronic device to record a game-day celebration of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and other Panthers players have been arrested in connection with the alleged bounty.
The Jaguars have been criticized for their handling of the case.
Panthers coach Dave Caldwell said on Tuesday that the team has been contacted by the NFL but declined to comment further because the matter is under investigation.
Panthers owner Arthur Blank also has not commented publicly on the matter.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a policy against the use of video cameras at football games, and Newton has been a regular at home games.
He has been arrested twice in Florida in the past three months for battery, resisting arrest and trespassing.
The Jaguars have also suspended Newton, and he has not played since March, when he missed four games with a groin injury.