Leonardo Carson Leonardo Carson, (born February 11, 1977 in Mobile, Alabama) is an American football defensive tackle who played collegiately at Auburn University. A former member of the San Diego Chargers, he most recently played for the Dallas Cowboys.
Carson was acquired by the Cowboys on October 18, 2003, after being released by the Chargers. Although large and physically talented, his productivity as a player was often mediocre, and coach Bill Parcells, who initially lauded his arrival to the team, stated in several press conferences that he'd lost confidence in Carson. In 2003, Carson started in less than half of the games in which he played.
Beginning June 14, 2004, Carson began serving a 30-day sentence at the Mobile County Metro Jail, on two misdemeanor counts of kidnapping and burglary relating to an August 2003 incident where he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend's sister, Tasha Locke. He forced her to leave with him, but later that evening, Carson's car broke down, and Locke escaped.
Carson was re-signed to the Cowboys for the 2004 season, although he was suspended from the opening game of the season by the NFL for violation of player conduct policy.
He had signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys for the 2005 season, but was released prior to the season's start.