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BattleWings Statement on Quincy Carter Arrest

October 12, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings News Release

The BattleWing's organization was informed (and have confirmed) that Shreveport Police early today arrested Quincy Carter who was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana. We know no further details.

Carter played for the BattleWings during the 2007 season under a one-year contract with af2 (as all af2 players do) and completed his services and contractual obligations to af2 and the BattleWings when his contract expired following the completion of the 2007 af2 season in early August.

BattleWings' owner Dan Newman stated, "I am saddened at the report of Quincy's arrest. Our organization carefully created an environment during the 2007 season to give Quincy every opportunity to succeed -- not just on the field, but off the field. Because of his NFL past and the stories surrounding his leaving the NFL, we felt like he deserved the chance like we all do to live through our mistakes and bad choices and try again." Newman continued, "There are a lot of people in the Shreveport-Bossier Community who opened their arms to Quincy Carter and gave him that opportunity. And I am eternally grateful for that. My prayers are with him as he deals with what occurs and wish him only the best."

BattleWings' Head Coach Jon Norris was able to engineer an outstanding season in 2007 that saw the BattleWings come up just one game short of the Championship. "Quincy Carter was a key part of our success on the field this year," Norris said. "Our team was a close family. I told Quincy when he left Dallas and came to Shreveport-Bossier that he was leaving a large fish bowl in which he was a really big fish -- Dallas -- and even though our community is a much smaller fish bowl, he would still be watched closely by everybody. We knew he would have a lot of attention that would bring a lot of pressure. And we were right. But Quincy and his teammates worked hard with our staff, the front office, and people in this community to make 2007 a great year on and off the field for the BattleWings and Quincy Carter. I hope this is just a setback and wish Quincy well as he moves on with his life."

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