DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - An NFL player has been released from jail a day after he was arrested following a bizarre encounter with Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell walked out of the Broward County Jail, Tuesday night, offering no explanation.

The 25-year-old was arrested Monday, after he was spotted walking naked down a street in Deerfield Beach.

Lying in the middle of the street, the suspect walked toward Broward County deputies, still unclothed, then slammed into a deputy full force.

The inexplicable episode ended with McDowell, who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall, taken down by a group of deputies and wheeled away on a gurney. 

The next day, he stood before a judge to face his charges.

Reggie Wynns, a family friend who has known McDowell since he was a child, said the person on the video isn’t who he met all those years ago.

“Never was a troublemaker, never got in trouble in high school. He’s always been a great kid,” said Wynns.

It’s not his first run-in with the law. A surveillance video from 2019 shows an altercation with police after he was pulled over for reckless driving near Detroit, Michigan.

The traffic stop culminated in a violent scuffle inside the store, with McDowell lunging toward the officer even after being shocked with a Taser.

Wynns said McDowell was involved in an ATV accident in 2017 and hasn’t been the same since.

“When he had the accident, it just changed him. He was a different kid,” said Wynns.

An hour before the Deerfield Beach incident, McDowell was seen hugging someone inside a gym. 

It is difficult to imagine what could have caused such a turnaround in such a short amount of time, but McDowell’s attorney said it is possible he was drugged.

His client faces three charges: battery of an officer, resisting arrest and one more charge for being naked.

A spokesperson for the Cleveland Browns said they are aware of his arrest, and their thoughts are with all involved.

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