New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested Thursday night under suspicion of possessing a stolen handgun.
According to a summary of the arrest released by the Cleveland Police Department on Friday, Lattimore was one of three passengers in a car that was pulled over for "multiple traffic violations" in Cleveland. Officers claim he failed to inform them at the beginning of the traffic stop that he had a loaded handgun in his possession, and they later determined that the handgun had been reported as stolen.
Lattimore, 24, was arrested on charges of failing to notify police that he was carrying a firearm, which is a minor misdemeanor, and receiving stolen property, which is a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item.
CB Marshon Lattimore was a first-round pick of the Saints in 2017. (Photo: Derick Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)
Lattimore's attorney, Marcus Sidoti, said in a statement that the cornerback has no criminal record, was not formally charged and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.
"We believe that this was a misunderstanding and that this will become even clearer as new information becomes available and is shared with the authorities," Sidoti said.
A Saints spokesperson did not immediately reply to a message from USA TODAY Sports seeking comment.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Lattimore grew up in the Cleveland area and attended Glenville High School. He played collegiately at Ohio State and was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
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