Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chase Litton says he’s learned from his arrest in high school and stalking injunction: “I was ashamed if it.”

Marshall quarterback Chase Litton knew quickly this wasn't a normal job interview when he arrived at the NFL scouting combine this week.

"It's kind of different. I mean, you're sitting in a room with Dan Marino and legends of this game,'' said Litton, the former Wharton High star.

"Obviously, it's how you perform and what you've done all season on the field. Everything adds up. The interviews are important. It's about 90 percent film and 10 percent is interviews. You've got to be able to sell yourself, you've got to be able to tell them if you've had any mistakes in your past. You've got to be able to tell them how you grew from it.''

The mistakes Litton made resulted in his arrest as a high school sophomore on burglary and theft charges.

During their background checks of Litton, NFL teams will likely discover a yearlong stalking injunction obtained by a former girlfriend at Wharton after nude photos of her were posted on social media in May 2014, something that has not been previously reported publicly.

The Tampa Bay Times viewed the injunction, which first was requested in late January by an analyst from a "global investigative" firm in New York specializing in "employment screening." Such a firm likely would be vetting prospects for an NFL team, if not for the league itself.

Litton was remorseful when asked about the incident Friday and says he has grown from it.

"I mean, I was ashamed of it,'' Litton said. "That's not how my family raised me. That's my mom's last name. My father's last name. That's not how the Litton's are. I sat there, I made a mistake but it's in the past for a reason. I had to sit there. I had to grow from it. I had to become the man I am today without that. I'm thankful for everything I have. I'm thankful for this opportunity and I'm excited to put that in the past.''

The girl's family initially filed a bullying incident report on the Hillsborough County school system's website, identifying Litton, then 18 and a senior, as an ex-boyfriend. During school hours, "pornographic/nude photos" of the girl and Litton were posted on Twitter by a friend of Litton's and quickly circulated around campus, the family said in the report. Her father wrote that he found his daughter, then 18, in a guidance counselor's office "very upset and emotionally distraught."

The Times is not identifying the girl or her family because of the nature of the case and because no criminal charges were filed.

At 6'5, 232 pounds, Litton is taller than a lot of prototypical NFL quarterbacks. Now 21, he left Marshall after his junior year.

On Friday, Litton sat a table with a handful or reporters while just a few feet away more than 100 media members surrounded a podium occupied by Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Litton said his height has not been an issue.

"It's how you look at it,'' Litton said. "They're going to find a way to put it under the microscope to talk good or talk bad about it. Again, at the end of the day, it's how you perform between those lines, how you perform on the field, how you carry yourself off the field.''

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