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Steelers' Holmes arrested in Florida

Steelers first-round draft choice Santonio Holmes was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and taken to jail at 3:30 a.m. Saturday after a confrontation with police in Miami Beach, Fla.

The former Ohio State receiver was released from jail after signing a promissory note to appear in court to be arraigned.

Holmes said last night that he was on his way from a bar/restaurant in Miami Beach early yesterday and stepped off the sidewalk to avoid a gathering of people. A police officer yelled at him, Holmes said. A report written by the arresting officer said Holmes was obstructing traffic.

Holmes said he asked the officer why he yelled at him, and he was immediately placed under arrest.

"I wasn't trying to cause a problem," said Holmes, a native of Hollywood, Fla., who said he was in town to visit with his children, Santonio III and Nicori. "I'm upset about this."

The police report said Holmes was not cooperative with police after being warned to get off of the street on Collins Avenue.

The arresting officer wrote the report as follows:

"I observed the defendant walking in the middle of the road obstructing traffic. I gave the defendant a verbal order to get out of the street and the defendant began to say several offensive words and he refused to get out of the street. The defendant's actions caused a crowd to form and traffic to come to a stop. Defendant arrested."

A date for Holmes to appear in court for his arraignment has not been set. A Miami Beach police spokesman said it is routine for defendants to be released after signing a promissory note if they are cooperative after being taken into custody.

Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett, reached yesterday evening, said the team did not have a comment on Holmes' arrest. Holmes' agent, Joel Segal, did not return a telephone call.

The Steelers traded their third- and fourth-round picks to move up seven spots to select Holmes, who left Ohio State after his junior year. Holmes is not attending the Steelers' voluntary workouts, which began two weeks ago and run through June 8, because of an NCAA/NFL rule that prohibits a player from joining an NFL team until his college class graduates.

Holmes was in Pittsburgh on May 13-15 for minicamp and is expected to gain a grasp of his playbook while being absent from the workouts. He has not signed a contract with the Steelers, who open training camp July 28 in Latrobe.

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