Derrick Shelby reinstated by Dolphins after arrest

Defensive end apologizes for 'distraction,' says he's committed to representing team in 'first-class manner'


DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby has been reinstated after his arrest at a Fort Lauderdale nightclub.

The team announced the decision to reinstate Shelby on Tuesday morning.

"We have completed our process and have made the determination to reinstate Derrick," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. "Derrick understood that he would be held accountable for his actions as they did not represent our organizational standards."

Shelby was suspended by the team after his arrest at Cyn nightclub during Miami's bye week.

According to the Fort Lauderdale police report, Shelby was asked to leave the club several times after touching women without their permission. Police said Shelby refused to leave, blocked the exit and then began recording an officer with his cellphone. Police said they were forced to use a Taser gun to subdue Shelby.

Shelby also apologized to the team and fans for his actions.

"I accept responsibility for the distraction I caused the team last week," Shelby said in a statement. "I have learned from my past actions and am fully committed to representing the Dolphins organization in a first-class manner on and off the field."

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