Former Bills Star Arrested, Tased During Altercation With Police

Alex Carrington

Getty Alex Carrington at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 27, 2011, in Orchard Park, New York.

Alex Carrington, the Buffalo Bills’ former third-round pick from the 2010 NFL draft, was arrested early Monday morning on multiple charges in Lockport, New York, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Carrington, 34, was pulled over at a traffic stop at 263 South Transit Road for “speed in zone and no headlight,” according to the sheriff’s office. While deputies interviewed the former Bills defensive end, they “noted signs of potential intoxication,” according to police, and requested him to exit the vehicle for a standardized field sobriety test.

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The Sheriff’s report noted that Carrington was “non-compliant” in all requests to step out of his car “and presented many officer safety concerns as a gun magazine was observed in plain view, in the pocket of the driver’s side door.”

Alex Carrington mug shot

Niagara County Sheriff’s OfficeFormer Buffalo Bills defensive end Alex Carrington poses for a mug shot on Monday, April 4, 2022.

According to the report, Carrington “attempted to start the vehicle in what was presumed to be an attempt to flee,” but officers “were able to extricate” the Arkansas State alum from the car “after deploying a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser).”

While Carrington was removed from his vehicle, officers found a loaded black Glock 17 handgun, which was “concealed under his leg,” per the Sheriff’s report, along with “two more loaded, high capacity magazines.”

Carrington Was Held at the Niagara County Correctional Facility

Alex Carrington

GettyAlex Carrington #92 of the Buffalo Bills prepares before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012.

Carrington, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015, was remanded to the Niagara County Correctional Facility, per the Sheriff’s report, where he was awaiting centralized arraignment on two felony charges of weapons possessions, and four misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, driving while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. He was released by Monday evening, April 4, according to inmate records.

The Sheriff’s report also noted Carrington was issued “several other NYS Vehicle and Traffic tickets.”

Carrington Famously Blocked 4 Kicks During the 2012 Season

Alex Carrington

GettyHead coach Rex Ryan of the Buffalo Bills reacts with Alex Carrington #98 before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2015.

Carrington, who played in Buffalo from 2010 through the 2013-14 NFL season and again in 2015, famously blocked four kicks, shutting down three field goals and one extra point during the 2012 season, which earned him the nickname, “Megahand,” as reported by The Buffalo News.

At the time, Carrington credited becoming a father at a young age for being able to handle the fame of being a professional athlete. “I’m not living for myself,” he told The Buffalo News. “I’m not living for me anymore. That was over at 17.

“My kids matured me a lot. They make you settle down a little bit. I had my first one in high school. I was really all about that coming up through college. I had another one when I was coming here in 2010.”

The NFL star also credited his parent, his father, a retired police officer, and his mother, a healthcare worker, for keeping him on the right path. “I always have to be conscious of decisions I make. Then being an NFL player kind of adds that little voice in the back of your head. Hey, do you really want to do that? … But I was always a pretty mature guy. My parents did a pretty good job, I would say.”

The following year, Carrington suffered a quad injury while playing against the New York Jets on September 23, 2013, which effectively ended his season.

Carrington spent the 2014 NFL season with the St. Louis Rams before returning to Buffalo the following season. In November 2015, Carrington suffered another season-ending injury, once again tearing his right quadriceps, during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, per SB Nation.

Over his five seasons with the Bills, Carrington appeared in 51 games, recording 4 sacks and 60 tackles.

Carrington hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015. In August 2016, the 6-foot-5 defensive player signed with the Houston Texans but was released before the season started.

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