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Browns LB Groves Arrested

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According to reports, new Browns LB Quentin Groves, shown here in action last season with the Cardinals, was arrested as part of a prostitution sting operation. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images.
According to reports, new Browns LB Quentin Groves, shown here in action last season with the Cardinals, was arrested as part of a prostitution sting operation. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images.

There are apparently more problems for the Browns.

While team owner Jimmy Haslam battles alleged fraud issues concerning his Pilot Flying J travel centers, free-agent linebacker Quentin Groves was reportedly arrested April 17 and charged with solicitation.

According to a story Wednesday morning on clevescene.com, the website for Cleveland Scene Magazine, Groves was caught in a sting conducted by police in Beachwood and Orange in the eastern Cleveland suburbs, along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Dept.

According to police records, Groves responded to an ad and asked for “full service” from an officer posing as a prostitute offering sex for hire. He reportedly agreed upon a price for those services during a call before he arrived at a room at Homestead Guest Services.

Reports indicate he has a May 10 court date.

Groves was allegedly arrested with 14 other men during a sting operation lasting three days.

Groves, 28, was one of the Browns’ prime free-agent acquisitions six weeks ago when he signed a two-year contract worth a reported $2.8 million. He came from the Arizona Cardinals, where he played last season under defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was hired for that same position by the Browns in January.

The Auburn product has also played with the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville in his five seasons after being a second-round pick, at No. 52 overall, of the Jaguars in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Browns could not be reached for comment.