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A week in the life of Lucky Whitehead... the man with the least appropriate nickname in sports

From his dog being kidnapped, to being cut by his team for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s been a rough few days.

Lucky Whitehead returns a kickoff for the Cowboys.
Lucky Whitehead returns a kickoff for the Cowboys.
Image: TNS/ABACA/PA Images

RODNEY DARNELL WHITEHEAD Jr. — better known to NFL fans as ‘Lucky’ — may soon be in need of a new nickname.

Last week, Whitehead reported that his dog, Blitz, had been kidnapped and held to ransom for $20,000.

In an even stranger twist, a video emerged of Blitz with Boogotti Kasino.

The rapper denied claims he had kidnapped Blitz, instead saying he had bought him and wanted Whitehead to give him money for it.

Blitz was returned safely to Whitehead at the weekend.

On Monday, the 25-year old was then released by the Dallas Cowboys after reports emerged that he had missed a court hearing in relation to a shoplifting in case in which he was alleged to have stolen $40 worth of produce from a Virginia shop.

However, yesterday it emerged that, though the man arrested had given Whitehead’s name, date of birth and social security number, he was in fact not Lucky Whitehead.

Whitehead, through his agent, had claimed not to be in the state of Virginia at the time of his ‘arrest’ and the Prince William County police said it regretted “the impact these events had on Mr Whitehead and his family.”

Despite not having all the evidence, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said:

“In handling the situation and evaluating with the authorities there and in talking to him, we just didn’t feel like it’s in the best interest of the Cowboys to have him with us.

We’ve got a track record of being able to take guys that made some mistakes early on in their career and they get better. They grow and they develop and they become great citizens and great players.

“We have a number of those guys on our team right now.”

Cowboys Whitehead Dog Football Lucky Whitehead might need to change his name and his number. Source: Brandon Wade/PA Images

Whitehead, a fifth-string receiver with the Cowboys faced an uphill battle to remain on the team this year anyway, but his treatment by America’s team is in stark contrast with how they are dealing with superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The former first round draft pick is currently under investigation by the NFL for an alleged 2015 domestic incident for which no charges were filed.

Additionally, Elliott has had three other high-profile dealings with police this year alone, including his involvement in an altercation at a Dallas night club (the investigation into which was suspended by police), a St. Patrick’s Day parade incident in which he pulled up a woman’s shirt against her will and an April speeding ticket.

The Cowboys’ response:

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