Aging-but-still-awesome NFL defensive end Raheem Brock hasn't played a single down for the Seattle Seahawks since they signed him at the end of last season. He has, however, been arrested twice.
At least he seems to have an excuse for his latest arrest. Namely, a sandwich.
Brock was arrested after supposedly skipping out on a $27 restaurant tab last Thursday.
Today the star sacker tells TMZ that it was all a big misunderstanding.
The Seattle Seahawks defensive end tells us . . . the drama began after Raheem, his cousin, and a female friend went to the Copacabana restaurant to order some food Thursday night.
Brock says after the group placed the order, Brock's female friend decided she would rather get a cheesesteak from a place across the street . . . so she and Brock walked over while Raheem's cousin waited at Copacabana. But when they returned to the Cope . . . the waitress wouldn't let them bring the cheesesteak inside.
Brock says his group canceled their food order and left . . . thinking everything was cool--until the cops arrived to the scene and told Brock he'd been accused of running out on the bill.
Brock says he offered to pay $40 for the $27 bill . . . but the manager refused to accept payment. Raheem was then arrested on suspicion of theft of services and resisting arrest.
Brock tells TMZ, "While I was in 'cuffs, I explained to the manager that I own restaurants . . . and if there's a policy about paying for food that hasn't come out . . . then it should have been explained to us before we left."
Back in November, Brock was arrested for DUI after an officer pulled him over driving 80-90 mph north on I-5. An initial breathalyzer clocked his blood alcohol content at .133.
In other Brock-related news, ESPN's John Clayton thinks the Hawks are ready to ditch the 33-year-old tackler. And he says it has nothing to do with his love of booze and/or cheesesteaks. Speaking on AM 710 yesterday, Clayton said:
"I think their minds are pretty much made up that they weren't going to sign [Brock]. Now if he would go out in free agency and get nothing, I think they would take him back, but I don't think he was on their big list as far as bringing him back because, number one, he's older, and even though he was great in what he was able to do last year and surprised everybody being such a good sack guy, I think they wanted to get younger and go in a different direction."
A different direction than the one where Brock recorded nine sacks last year? Seems doubtful, no matter how weak his cheesesteak defense is.