Lions Cut Ties with CB Cameron Sutton Over Criminal Allegations

Lions confront legal turmoil involving cornerback Cam Sutton.

by Zain ul Abedin
Lions Cut Ties with CB Cameron Sutton Over Criminal Allegations
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In a move that has sent ripples through the sports world, the Detroit Lions have made the decision to part ways with their starting cornerback, Cameron Sutton. This development came to light on Thursday, just a day subsequent to Florida authorities announcing their pursuit of Sutton in relation to accusations of aggravated battery-domestic violence.

The team conveyed Sutton's release through a succinct message on their social media platforms, opting not to delve into the specifics of the situation. This legal drama unfolded when the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida, on Wednesday, disclosed their active search for Sutton.

They provided details of a Jeep Grand Wagoneer he was believed to be driving, urging the public to report any sightings of Sutton or the vehicle in question. Further revelations were made by the Detroit Free Press, which on Thursday reported that Sutton allegedly became embroiled in a domestic altercation on March 7 in Lutz, Fla.

Upon the authorities' arrival at the scene, Sutton was nowhere to be found, leading to a continued effort to locate him.

Lions Address Sutton Case

The Lions organization expressed their awareness of the situation through a statement issued on Wednesday, stating, "We became aware of the ongoing legal situation involving Cam Sutton this morning.

We are closely monitoring the developments and at this point in time, we have no additional comments." Sutton, 29, had embarked on his journey with the Lions in the previous season, following his acquisition in a three-year, $33 million contract in March 2023.

His career prior to this included a significant stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in the third round back in 2017. Throughout his tenure with the Lions, Sutton proved to be an indispensable asset on the field.

Over 17 regular-season appearances, he achieved 65 tackles, secured an interception, enforced one fumble, and defended six passes. His performance extended into the postseason, where during three playoff matches, he contributed an additional eight tackles and three pass breakups. This legal entanglement casts a shadow over what has been a commendable professional trajectory for Sutton.