Legedu Naanee, a San Diego Chargers wide receiver who had 23 receptions last year, was arrested in Indianapolis late Saturday and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. The arrest itself is pretty insignificant — here's a guess that the charges will be dropped before long — but it's always worth noting when a little-used Chargers backup out of Boise State (and originally from Portland) plays the "Do you know who I am?" card with some (possibly overzealous) cops in Indianapolis.
According to the police report, Naanee had walked into a homicide crime scene being managed by two officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. An officer stopped Naanee and asked him to leave. The police say Naanaee resisted and asked, "Why are you being an asshole?" Naanee — who had "a strong order of an alcoholic beverage, on or about his breath and person" — was soon placed under arrest. As an officer attempted to clap handcuffs on him, Naanee "began to actively pull away":
After several attempts to gain control of him, I delivered one 2 second burst of pepper spray to his face. After being sprayed Mr. Naanee continued to resist by actively pulling away and tucking his hands, so we could not get control of him. Mr. Naanee was then placed on the ground and continued to resist arrest by pulling his hands under his body. I continuously told Mr. Naanee to stop resisting and delivered two knee strikes to his right side.
Handcuffed, Naanee was taken to the medics on the scene and informed that he was under arrest for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Naanee then said to the officer, "Do you know who I am?" and added, "I am an NFL player and I am going to sue your ass." A man whom the cop believed to be Naanee's agent approached the car and told him he "was going to ruin [Naanee's] career."
Chargers PR hadn't heard about the charges, and Naanee's agent, Andrew "Buddy" Baker of Exclusive Sports Group in Indianapolis, did not return calls for comment. At least now, Legedu Naanee, we know who you are.
The affidavit is below. Click on the documents to enlarge.