The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Askew played in five games in 2004 and one in 2005 with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the fourth round out of Michigan State.
"He wasn't going to make our football team at this point," coach Marvin Lewis said. "It's an opportunity for Matthias to catch on with another team. Other guys were playing better."
The 24-year-old Askew struggled with officers trying to handcuff him Saturday evening and broke away before he was shocked, police spokesman Lt. Tom Lanter said. Askew ignored an officer's warning to move his illegally parked car and then refused to give his identification, Lanter said.
"They are trying to make this look like it was all Matthias' fault ... so they could justify the use of force," attorney Ken Lawson said. "He always complied."
The suit contends Askew was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. It asks that the police department's policy on the use of force be declared unconstitutional.
This is actually Askew's 2nd stint with the team as he was signed but later cut in 2007. I don't know to what extent the legal issues (which he resolved in his favor, incidentally) have affected his ability to find a new home since Cincy, but he has not had a significant impact in his professional career. Injuries have also hampered him. I wish him the best in Washington and to the city of Cincinnatti I would suggest the following:
Don't taze Matthias Askew, bro!