Bond set for Browns players pulled over Christmas morning - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Bond set for Browns players pulled over Christmas morning

Cleveland Browns player Armonty Bryant in court. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland Browns player Armonty Bryant in court. (Source: WOIO)
Cleveland Browns player De'Ante Saunders in a Cleveland courtroom. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland Browns player De'Ante Saunders in a Cleveland courtroom. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

On Christmas morning, the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over Armonty Bryant and De'Ante Saunders on Interstate 71 near Brook Park. On Wednesday, the pair entered a not guilty plea and each were placed on a $2,500 personal bond.

When asked if he had anything to say to Browns fans, Bryant replied, "nope."

Bryant had a lot more to say on Christmas Day, moments before his arrest while in the back of a trooper's cruiser, chatting to a friend on his Apple Watch.

"They are going to hear about it, but you think it's going to be on the news?"

Investigators say Bryant had Oxycodone and Adderall in his possession and couldn't produce a prescription. The Browns reacted quickly and within 24 hours of his arrest, made it clear he wouldn't play the final two games of the season.

Saunders, Bryant's driver on Christmas, is facing a gun charge. Troopers found a loaded handgun in the car that they say belongs to Saunders, but without a permit. He is also facing a charge of OVI and speeding, to which he has already pleaded not guilty. 

Bryant was drafted by the Browns in 2013 in the seventh round. This is the third incident for Bryant since 2012. He was placed on five years of probation after being caught selling marijuana in the parking lot of his university before he was drafted and had a previous DUI conviction in 2013.  

Saunders was a rookie and signed with the Browns in November. He was assigned to the practice squad, but removed after the arrest. 

Their first pre-trial date will be March 1. Judge Dick Ambrose, a former Browns player himself, was assigned to the case, but has said he will recuse himself. 

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