Monday, November 26, 2012

Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya arrested on battery charge

Miami Dolphins rightfully celebrated their last-second victory over the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, but it seems Jonathon Amaya might have taken things a little too far.

Amaya was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Monday morning outside of the Bamboo nightclub after allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. He is being held on $1,500 bond.

According to the NBC Miami report, Amaya gave the driver $100 to take him to a place outside of his normal area. As they drove, Amaya became "aggressive" and the driver opted to return to the club and refund his cash.

That's when Amaya allegedly wrapped his hands around the driver's next and started choking him. Two off-duty officers saw the cab driving erratically and heard the driver scream, "This man is trying to kill me!"

It remains to be seen how the legal system plays out here, but it certainly isn't a good situation for Amaya and he can ill-afford to have any run-ins with the law when it comes to his football career.

A third-year player originally signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada in 2010, Amaya was a special-teams ace as a rookie before Miami dealt him to New Orleans in the Reggie Bush deal during the 2011 offseason.

After a season in New Orleans, Amaya failed to make the Saints' team in 2012 and was re-signed by the Dolphins on Sept. 25. Although he's played just four defensive snaps all season (all in mop-up duty in a blowout by the Titans), Amaya has continued to shine in special teams and ranks second on the team with six tackles.

However, Amaya's special-teams prowess may not be enough to save him a roster spot after this arrest. The Dolphins set a precedent in the offseason shipping the troublesome Brandon Marshall to Chicago and cutting ties with Chad Johnson in training camp immediately after he was arrested for headbutting his wife.

It remains to be see what, if any, action the Dolphins will take with Amaya. If he does get a second chance, then it would behoove him to stay out of trouble and continue impressing on the field. If he is sent packing, it will certainly be his own doing and the Dolphins will move on.