Taser Used To Arrest Ex-Jaguars Receiver
Ernest Wilford Accused Of Touching 2 Women, Refusing To Leave Bar
Former Jaguars tight end Ernest Wilford Jr. was booked into jail early Friday on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest without violence after police said he was creating a disturbance and refused to leave a Jacksonville Beach bar.
According to the arrest report, Wilford, who turned 32 on Friday, inappropriately touched at least two women at the Ritz on Third Avenue about 1 a.m. -- telling them he could do whatever he wanted -- and did not leave when asked.
Two Jacksonville Beach police officers who were called also said Wilford refused to leave, telling them, "I'm not going anywhere."
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According to the report, when Wilford pushed an officer in the chest, one officer fired his Taser gun. When Wilford did not go down, the second officer delivered a shock with a contact stun gun, which took the 6-foot 5-inch, 235- pound man to the floor. Officers said Wilford continued to resist being restrained, and it took both officers to get both arms behind him to get him in handcuffs.
According the report, Wilford had a strong odor of alcohol and could not stand without swaying and rambled as he spoke.
He was booked into the Duval County jail just before 4 a.m., but he posted bond and was released before 10 a.m.
He did not answer his door on Friday. In a post on Wilford's Facebook page Friday, he wrote: "My name is the most important thing I have. I will fight back."
Wilford was signed as fourth-round draft pick in 2004. He spent the 2008 season with the Dolphins before returning to the Jaguars in 2009. According to NFL.com, Wilford has had 44 starts with the team, played in 80 games and has 14 receiving touchdowns.
Wilford is currently a free agent.
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