I’ve said this more than once, but I’ll say it again to make sure it’s clear: The casino is one of the worst places in the world to commit a crime. That is because security is tight and every inch of the casino is under video surveillance. If you do something wrong, the chances of being caught are pretty high. Despite that, NFL linebacker Mike Vravel was arrested this week for an incident at a casino that apparently was the result of a disputed bar tab.
At 5:30 AM on Monday, Vrabel was arrested and charged with felony theft. He had been playing blackjack and other casino games at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. The millionaire easily posted his $600 bond and was released from jail five hours later.
At the time, there were few details on the matter, with Vrabel only offering that the arrest was the result of an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” Now NBC Sports is reporting that the incident involved a disagreement over the bar tab at a casino deli. According to other reports, the gaming commission agents saw Vrabel take beer from the deli without paying for it (maybe he thought it was a comp).
Upon his arrest, Vrabel was charged with a Class D felony. Even if he only stole a single beer – which isn’t certain – it would be a felony because in Indiana, all theft is a felony regardless of the amount stolen. Prior to this, Vrabel was wondering if there would be an NFL season next year. Now even if the season starts on time, Vrabel could conceivably be behind bars during the kickoff.