Birmingham Iron player arrested in prostitution sting out of game with groin injury

Okoye has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game due to a groin injury. (img: WVTM)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WVTM) — Authorities in Shelby County arrested 13 men, including a local professional football player, during an undercover reverse prostitution sting called "Operation Close Out, Round 3."

Birmingham Iron defensive tackle and Homewood native Lawrence Okoye was among the men arrested Wednesday on soliciting prostitution charges.

“We have just been made aware of the incident," Iron general manager Joe Pendry said in a statement. "We are still in the process of gathering facts.”

Okoye will not play in Sunday's game due to a groin injury, according to a team injury report released Friday afternoon.

Others arrested include:

Mychal Lucino Boyd, 54, of Oxford

Brandon Bryant, 46, of Pinson

Brandon Fitzgerald Green, 36, of Texas

Domingo Hernandez, 29, of Birmingham

Michael Jackson, 32, of Leeds

Miquel Ledezma, 44, of Alabaster

Kenneth McMillian, 26, of Birmingham

Lawrence Okoye, 27, of Homewood

James Perrin, 50, of Birmingham

David Randolph Scott, 65, of Adamsville

Charles Dewayne Smith, 39, of Birmingham

James Witt, 51, of Hoover

Linard Stanley Walker, 32, of Bessemer

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Hoover Police Department partnered in the operation in Hoover. Authorities said they are planning more operations in the future.

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