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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

NFL: Dolphins’ Vontae Davis says he’s a victim of identity theft

By David J. Neal
McClatchy Newspapers

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Vontae Davis believes he might be the victim of an old-fashioned form of identity theft.

Someone with Davis’ identification was stopped at 6:47 p.m. on June 9 in Champaign, Ill., and arrested for unnecessary vehicular noise and driving with an invalid driver’s license.
The Champaign Police Department report summary and the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Champaign County say it’s Davis. The Dolphins and Davis say that’s impossible because Davis was at the team’s facility in Davie on June 9.
“The only explanation I have is that my wallet was stolen while I was still in school and someone might be impersonating me,” Davis wrote on his blog Tuesday night.
So, who did officers stop?
The report summary, by Officer Michael A. Talbott, says it was Vontae Ottis Davis with a Washington address. The address Talbott listed turns up in a public records search as an address for Adaline Davis, Davis” grandmother, who raised Vontae and his siblings.
The clerk’s office website says Vontae Davis is scheduled to be in
Dunn said the department hopes to issue a brief statement on what has been discovered.
Davis said on his blog, repeating what Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said Tuesday, that he was in South Florida for a Dolphins organized team activity day June 9.
“Following the on-field activities, there was a rookie symposium that didn’t end until 3:30,” Greene said. “So, it’s physically impossible for him to be in Champaign at 6:47.”
Also, Davis needed to be in South Florida the night of June 11 because the Dolphins” minicamp began early the next morning.
Champaign is a college town, the location of the University of Illinois, where Davis attended. During the summer, with most of the school’s population gone, it is not exactly a place people pop into for a couple of days from long distances.
As Davis said on his blog, he has been settling into South Florida. Davis said at the end of last week’s Dolphins minicamp that he and several rookies were staying here to work out and bond in the six weeks between minicamp and the opening of the team’s training camp.
Davis, fellow 2009 draftee Sean Smith and veteran cornerback Eric Green are in contention for the Dolphins’ starting cornerback slot opposite Will Allen.
“As I said before, I’m very thankful to be a part of the Miami Dolphins and I do not want to do anything to bring any negative publicity to me or the team,” Davis wrote on his blog.