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Questions surround arrest of former Titan Keith Bulluck

Posted: Updated: Aug 26, 2013 5:28 PM
Keith Bulluck, 36, was arrested early Sunday morning in Nashville. Keith Bulluck, 36, was arrested early Sunday morning in Nashville.
Former permit of cab driver, Habib Hashi. Former permit of cab driver, Habib Hashi.
Keith Bulluck played for the Titans from 2000 until 2009. Keith Bulluck played for the Titans from 2000 until 2009.

Football analyst and former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck was accused of robbing a cab driver early Sunday morning in downtown Nashville and arrested although questions surrounding the incident remain.

Bulluck, 36, is accused of robbing United Cab driver Habib Hashi outside Blue Gene's bar located at 1715 Church Street around 2:45 a.m.

Hashi, 39, told police Bulluck ripped a $100 bill out of his hand.

Investigators say the incident happened after Bulluck wanted a ride but was told by the cabbie he already had a fare.

Responding officers noted Hashi's shirt and undershirt were torn.

Hashi told officers Bulluck was in a Bank of America parking lot across the street and positively identified him.  Police reported Bulluck smelled of alcohol and had two $100 bills with him.

He was taken into police custody and Hashi went to the station to prosecute.

Bulluck was charged with felony robbery.  He was released from jail a few hours later at 6 a.m. after posting $10,000 bond.

Following the arrest, News 2 confirmed that police did not sign Bulluck's arrest warrant, which means the arrest was made based on what Hashi said.

There were no other witnesses to the incident and others in the taxi industry have a hard time believing Hashi's claims.

Doug Trimble, the general manager of Yellow Cab in Nashville, told News 2 he fired Hashi two years ago.

"He claims to have been robbed more than anybody in this business," he said of Hashi.

Trimble stated Hashi fabricated stories that his company found to be untrue, so when he heard about the robbery involving Bulluck, he didn't buy it.

"As soon as I heard Mr. Hashi's name, I didn't believe any part of it for a second. None, whatsoever," Trimble stated.

Records reveal Hashi was found guilty of filing a false accident report in 1999; and in 2000, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

Then in 2007, Hashi claimed Senator Ophelia Ford got into his taxi while intoxicated and ripped a button off his shirt.

"She had been drinking too much and she somehow, when I'm driving, she grabbed my shirt. She had been holding me for like, a minute," he said in a 2007 interview.

Hashi's criminal background, however, doesn't rise to the level of him losing his license, according to Billy Field, the acting director of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission (TLC), which oversees Nashville's 1,100 cabbies.

"My read of the ordinance is it would have to be a violent nature involving sex crimes, rape or murder before it would be a matter I would take to for the commission," Field explained Monday.

It would also have to be a felony conviction within the last decade added Fields

He told News 2 that every cab driver in Nashville must renew their permits yearly and undergo background checks conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation every five years.

Hashi's records indicate that he last had a background check in 2011.

The TLC also says Hashi had a handful of driving violations between 2001 and 2009, but no indication they were prosecuted.

Fields said Hashi's violations and guilty convictions are in his file.

"In terms of his particular case, there would be nothing that's in this file that would give us an indication there is reason not to renew his permit," he added.

Fields who said he last saw Hashi a few weeks ago, described him as "hard working" and "pleasant, from what I know."

News 2 requested the 911 tape of the incident with Bulluck, but authorities said it is being used as evidence.

An attempt to reach Hashi did not lead to any answers by phone or at the residence he recently listed on his change of cab companies from Checker to United.

Later Sunday, Bulluck told News 2 he regrets what happened.

"I was out with friends last night in Nashville and was taking a cab home. There was a misunderstanding between me and the cab driver about getting my money back for a service not rendered," he explained.

"At 2 a.m., things could easily get lost in translation, but regardless of who was right or wrong, I regret putting myself in that situation," he continued.

Bulluck is due in court on September 26.

Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Bulluck played a total of 10 seasons with the Titans from 2000 to 2009.

He played one year with the Giants in 2010 before retiring from the NFL in 2012.

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