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Cameron Sutton released by Lions, wanted for alleged domestic battery in Florida

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Cameron Sutton #1 of the Detroit Lions stands on the field during the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on September 7, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Lions cornerback Cameron Sutton is wanted by police in Florida on a domestic battery charge. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) (Kevin Sabitus via Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions released cornerback Cameron Sutton on Thursday, one day after a warrant was issued for him by police related to a domestic battery charge.

The alleged incident in question happened March 7 in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Phil Martello told the Detroit Free Press that officers responded to a 5 a.m. call for "domestic violence in progress."

Sutton and a female who wasn't identified were allegedly involved in the incident, but Martello released no further details about what allegedly happened beyond saying that the victim sustained injuries which, according to the Detroit Free Press, "indicated an incident took place."

The department issued a warrant March 7 "because of all the evidence that we found," Martello said, but were unable to execute it when they couldn't locate Sutton.

"Couldn’t find him here in Tampa, pretty sure he fled," Martello told the Detroit Free Press. "We got a couple hits on his license plate [on] license plate readers, but haven’t been able to track him down here, so that’s where we’re at right now.

"They’ve attempted to make contact with him, can’t get him on the phone, so they’ve released — our detectives have exhausted everything to try and get ahold of him and that’s why we end up putting the stuff on social media."

With authorities still unable to locate Sutton, the sheriff's department took to social media, posting a picture of Sutton as well as other details on X as part of "Warrant Wednesday."

The department updated the charge a few hours after that post, noting that Sutton was wanted on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation.

The Lions released a statement regarding Sutton's legal situation three hours after the police department published that post, noting that they had been unaware of the charges against Sutton until Wednesday morning.

Sutton, 29, was a third-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. He played there for the first six years of his career before signing a three-year deal with the Lions after the 2022 season. In 2023 he started all 17 games, making 65 tackles and snagging one interception.