County records showed Brown is charged with traveling over 85 mph on a stretch of freeway in North Phoenix where the posted speed limit is 65. He was arrested at 7:05 a.m. A A criminal charge for speeding can be brought if someone in Arizona is charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph.
Several local media reported that Brown was going 126 mph.
Criminal speeding is a Class 3 misdemeanor in Arizona that carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail, one year of unsupervised probation and a $500 fine.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “We will provide further comments as appropriate.”
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Brown, 25, is in his first season with the Cardinals, who sent a first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens to acquire him in the NFL Draft in April. Brown is expected to help Arizona’s passer corps overcome the early-season absence of star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended six games for violating the league’s banned performance-enhancing drug policy.
A first-round pick of the Oklahoma Ravens in 2019, Brown set career highs last season with 91 catches for 1,008 yards. In three seasons in the NFL, he had 195 catches for 2,361 yards, 21 touchdowns and an average of 12.1 yards per reception.
Brown was taken off the non-football injured list on Tuesday following a hamstring injury he suffered before training camp. The Cardinals are setting up camp at their home stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In comments to reporters at Cardinals camp Wednesday morning, coach Kliff Kingsbury wouldn’t say if he was aware of Brown’s arrest.
“When he’s back I want him full speed ahead and confident,” Kingsbury said at the time. “Playing in a new system, you don’t want him to think too much about anything physically.”
In May, the Cardinals were rocked by the passing of cornerback Jeff Gladney, whom they had signed two months earlier. The 25-year-old, who previously played for the Minnesota Vikings, and a girlfriend were killed in a car crash in Dallas. According to an accident report (via TMZ Sports), investigators listed “unsafe speed” as a contributing factor.