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Former Miami Dolphins player gets arrested after fit of rage over Pizza Hut service

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Officers arrested Mark Walton, a former Miami Dolphins player, on Sunday after a fit of rage over the service at a Pizza Hut in Miami-Dade County’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Walton, 23, said he felt disrespected by a Pizza Hut employee at 2101 NW 17th Ave., police said. He is accused of trying to break the fast-food restaurant’s window.

Craig Thomas, Walton’s cousin, tried to get Walton off the property, but he refused and punched him, according to the arrest report. Thomas did not want his cousin to be arrested, so Walton is facing charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Walton celebrates after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Sept. 10, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

After playing successfully for Booker T. Washington Senior High School and the University of Miami, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted the running back in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He had a 2016 DUI arrest, but the case was dropped. About three years later, spending the 2019 NFL offseason in Miami-Dade County wasn’t easy for Walton.

First, he was arrested for marijuana possession. About a month later, he was arrested for misdemeanor battery after grabbing a neighbor’s phone. He was also later arrested for carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana, and reckless driving.

Mark Walton's time with the Cincinnati Bengals has come to an end. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Bengals released him April 6, 2019, and the Miami Dolphins signed him May 12, 2019. The cases closed July 19, 2019.

Walton was arrested again Nov. 19, 2019 in Davie after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend who was five weeks pregnant. The assault included punches to the face and head, according to the arrest report.

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton (22) warms up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

After learning about the domestic violence case, the Miami Dolphins waived him on Nov. 19, 2019. He was suspended until Dec. 3, 2019.

His legal troubles continued last year. On Jan. 3, 2020, Walton faced a second count of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, and on Feb. 27, 2020, he was accused of violating a protective order. The aggravated battery charge was dropped in May, and he remains a free agent with the NFL.


About the Authors:

Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.