Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens claimed in a series of tweets Monday that he was racially profiled during a traffic stop in Northern Virginia nearly three weeks ago and threatened to file a lawsuit.
Cravens, who has not played this season, alleged on Twitter that a Loudoun County sheriff's deputy "yanked and slammed me against my car, cuffed me and threw me in the back of his squad car for supposedly doing 39 in a 35 last week." He also claimed that an officer accused him of smelling like marijuana, searched his car for 30 minutes and wrote him three tickets.
And shoutout to the Police Officer that racially profiled me, followed me to the store, yanked and slammed me against my car, cuffed me and threw me in the back of his squad car for supposedly doing 39 in a 35 last week. Gotta love this world man— Suzy (@Sua_Cravens) December 18, 2017
Loudoun County District Court records show that Cravens received two citations as a result of a traffic stop Nov. 29: One for speeding and one for an illegal tint on his car. LCSO spokesperson Alex Kowalski told USA TODAY Sports in a statement that Cravens was driving 39 mph in a 25-mph school zone near Farmwell Middle School in Ashburn, Va.
Kowalski wrote in the statement that the department has not received any formal complaints as a result of the traffic stop.
"The driver was detained for officer safety for a short period of time after he repeatedly failed to comply with the deputy's commands regarding staying in his vehicle and removing his hands from his pockets," Kowalski wrote in the statement. "Two additional deputies arrived on scene to assist on the traffic stop for officer safety."
Cravens said in one of the videos posted to Twitter that he planned to file a lawsuit as a result of the incident. The officer who pulled over Cravens is white.
"I can't wait to put this man on Twitter so I can blast this man, bro," Cravens said in the video. "I'm going to sue the (expletive) out this man. Racial-profiling (expletive) man. (Expletive) is ridiculous."
Cravens' agent, Fadde Mikhail, did not reply to multiple requests for comment from USA TODAY Sports. Cravens did not respond to a text message Monday night.
Cravens is due to appear in court Jan. 26.
A second-round draft pick out of USC in 2016, Cravens was expected to start at safety for the Redskins this season before abruptly announcing that he planned to retire for medical and personal reasons. Then, after Week 2 of the regular season, Cravens told the team he wanted to return, but the Redskins placed him on the Reserve/Left squad list, ending his season.
Mikahil said in a statement last week that Cravens was cleared to resume football activities Dec. 7 and had been suffering from post-concussion syndrome. The 22-year-old will be permitted to report to the Redskins' team facility at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season and has said he intends to return in 2018.
Contributing: Mike Jones
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