The NFL has suspended Saints defensive tackle David Parry for four games, via Field Yates of ESPN. The 25-year-old was arrested on Feb. 25 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was accused of assaulting the driver of a golf cart, which was being used as a taxi, before stealing the vehicle and crashing it. According to the Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred when the driver got out of the vehicle to accept payment from Parry and two others with whom he was traveling. The Scottsdale Police allege that Parry levied homophobic and misogynistic slurs at officers during the arrest process, which was complicated by his resistance to submit.
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In July, while Parry expressed regret for his actions and apologized to those affected by them Parry pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and one count of attempted unlawful means of transportation on April 27, avoiding any potential jail time.
New Orleans has three games remaining, and thus if it misses the playoffs, Parry’s suspension will include the 2018 season opener.
Parry, who’s currently on the Saints’ injured reserve list, will have served the entirety of his four-game suspension by the end of the 2017 regular season as Rapoport also notes that Thursday’s loss to the Falcons counts as one of the four games. This renders Parry’s suspension essentially meaningless as he already resides on the IR, unable to play in these four games due to his ankle injury.
On Sept. 2, Parry was waived by the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him in the fifth round from Stanford two years ago. Two days later, he was added to the Saints’ practice squad and to the active roster on Sept. 20, but an ankle injury suffered in Week 3 found him on the injured reserve list.
Parry played in one game for the Saints this season after recording 47 tackles and three sacks with Indianapolis in 2016.