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Former Heisman Trophy Finalist Arrested

4/22/2010 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Heisman Trophy Finalist  Chris Perry ArrestedTMZ has learned former NFL running back Chris Perry was arrested in Brooklyn yesterday, after cops say he got in a fist fight with a family member.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Perry -- a 2003 Heisman Trophy finalist -- was arrested in his grandmother's home after he allegedly socked his cousin in the face after an argument.

The arrest comes almost 6 years -- to the day -- from when the Michigan standout was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals ... who ultimately cut the running back from the squad in 2009.

UPDATE: TMZ spoke with Perry's reps, who told us, "This is obviously a very difficult time for Chris personally as he's been dealing with his mother's terminal illness."

The reps added, "Tensions are obviously very high, as it would be for any family coping with a loved one suffering from cancer. Chris' strong relationship with his mother, and her current care, is his main focus."

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Jason Chambers    

no one cares.

1613 days ago

Lenn K.    

Here the problem with these young guys who don't put education first and when their pro careers end or falls apart they have nothing to fall back on.

1613 days ago


all he did was get into a fight with his cousin....and obviously his cousin got beat up and is kind of saltly!!!! that has nothing to do with his education!! thats pretty sad they will put stories about any and everything on here guess they needed something to write! like family members dont fight...get out of here with that

1613 days ago


I actually met Chris Perry a few times in college...to the best of my knowledge he did graduate (a reply to the education comment), and really wasn't a bad guy. I mean, yea it was stupid, but let's not put this on the scale of Rothlesberger, Holmes, Harrison and so on...

1613 days ago

micheal jane    

Chris had received news, earlier that day, that his mother's cancer has returned. This time it's in her brain, and doctors feel that it is inoperable and TERMINAL. Chris' cousin, Haneef Sabree, had gotten in Chris' face, picked a fight, and got knocked out - literally. He then cried to the police and wrote into TMZ... All after begging Chris for money & having his own wages garnished....With a cousin like this...you've got to feel sorry for Chris

1613 days ago

Colts Fan    

@ michael jane: Thanks for that info, it helps better explain this incident. My prayers go out to Chris and his mother.

@ Paula: As you no unfortunately athletes are not the only ones who resort to violence over reason. The US is currently at war.

@ KK: dude, yes everybody argues with family members, but hell no, do everybody have throw down fist fights in their grandmother's home.

1613 days ago


It's a damm!!!!!!! shame that family have to act like this. Family ain't ****!!!!!!!! Hold you head up Chris.

1613 days ago

micheal evans    

Chris had just received news that his mother's cancer has returned... and this time it's in her brain AND it's TERMINAL. His cousin, Haneef Sabree, picked a fight with him hours later, got knocked out - literally - and cried to the police. THEN..wrote into TMZ...with family like that, you've got to feel sorry for Chris

1613 days ago

Michele Egerton    

I would appreciate that all of you stop talking about my nephews. My family is feeling a great loss with my sister dying of cancer today. We would like to be left alone, please. This includes you as well, TMZ. Thank you.

1499 days ago


Irene was a very beautiful person. We were very close friends when she lived in Advance, NC. We both had an opportunity to share a lot about Christ. I would love to know about the arrangements. My heart broke when I heard the news. My prayers go out to Chris & Elizabethe. What a strong, smart, beautiful lady & mother!!!

1495 days ago

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