According to the Indianapolis Star’s Jill Disis, former Indianapolis Colts running back Zurlon Tipton was arrested early Christmas morning with a charge of criminal recklessness for firing his assault rifle in Greenwood, Indiana:
"“Greenwood Police say Zurlon Tipton told them he received threatening text messages from his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, indicating the woman was going to be harmed. Tipton said he and his brother drove from a party in Brownsburg to his girlfriend’s house in Greenwood to check on her.When they arrived, Tipton told police, he believed the ex-boyfriend was at his girlfriend’s house. According to the news release, Tipton fired a round from the AR-15 while standing in the driveway. The ex-boyfriend was not at the house when this happened, police say.Tipton is charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail and was released on a $3,000 bond. Police said Tipton cooperated with police during the investigation and has a valid license to carry a handgun from the state of Michigan.”"
The 2nd-year running back was released earlier this week. However, the former Central Michigan standout had seen an expanded role with the Colts in 3rd down running back duties during recent games.
On the season, Tipton had 5 carries for 20 total rushing yards and 5 receptions for 57 receiving yards in 10 games with the Colts. He was predominantly the Colts 3rd-string running back and played a key special teams role before his release.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts last year, Tipton appeared in 6 games for Indianapolis last season and was also a member of their practice squad.
While the 6’0″, 231 pound running back seemed like a candidate to be eventually re-stashed on the team’s practice squad, this incident could cloud his Colts future.