Miami Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested early Monday morning for choking a taxi cab driver on Miami Beach.
According to the arrest report, two off-duty cops were working outside Club Bamboo on Washington Avenue when around 4:30 a.m. a taxi hurtled toward them on the street as the driver screamed, "This man is trying to kill me!"
The pair then detained Amaya, who was in the back of the cab. Driver Salvador Vunge told police Amaya had flagged him down and asked to be driven to Weston. When Vunge told Amaya he didn't transport passengers that far, Amaya gave him a $100 bill up front and Vunge agreed to make the trip.
But then, Vunge told police, Amaya "started to get aggressive with him."
"At that point Mr. Vunge returned back to the area where he was flagged town, gave [Amaya] his money back, and told him to get out of the cab," wrote an arresting officer. "Mr. Vunge then stated at that point [Amaya] leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck and started choking him."
The police report notes Vunge had no visible injuries, but Amaya was arrested on a charge of battery at booked at Miami-Dade County Jail on $1,500 bond.
Amaya, who played college football at Nevada, went undrafted in 2010 before being signed to the Dolphins. He was shipped to New Orleans as part of the trade that sent Reggie Bush to Miami, then resigned by the Dolphins for the 2012 season.