The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Batiste to a one-year deal.|||||||
Batiste is a guard/tackle who has played in four games for Arizona over the past two seasons as a reserve offensive lineman and special teams player.
Batiste says his recent arrest on a weapons charge may have been racially motivated. Batiste, a former deputy in Louisiana, was initially charged with carrying a concealed weapon after a search of his car during a traffic stop. Police had stopped Batiste's car, saying his window tint was too dark. On Friday, a Mecklenburg County judge threw out the charges, saying the arrest for a window tint violation was a pretext to search Batiste's car.|||||||
Batiste was arrested early Sunday and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor. The reserve guard was signed by Carolina off Dallas' practice squad midway through last season, but he did not appear in a game with the Panthers.|||||||
Batiste signed with the Panthers on Saturday. Batiste, who is 6-foot-4 and 318 pounds, had been on Dallas' practice squad after getting released by the Cowboys in the preseason. He played in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League during the past two seasons after his college career at Louisiana-Lafayette.|||||||