High school coach and former Cardinals QB Max Hall arrested

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Authorities say former NFL quarterback Max Hall has been accused of shoplifting and narcotics possession near his Arizona hometown.

Gilbert police say the 28-year-old Hall was arrested Friday for allegedly shoplifting from a Best Buy store in Gilbert.

According to the police report, Hall had ridden his bicycle to Walmart and then Best Buy, where he allegedly began stuffing items in his backpack.

Loss prevention officers at Best Buy called police. According to the police report, Hall told the responding officer: "I'm really sorry. I'll pay for the stuff. If I get arrested I'll get fired. I've never done this before."

Upon investigation, Gilbert police say Hall had nearly $300 in stolen merchandise in a backpack -- mostly iPhone accessories and other electronic items.

Officers say they also found a syringe and cocaine in the backpack. The arresting officer says he asked Hall when he'd last injected the cocaine, and Hall reportedly said it was earlier that morning. The officer also reported seeing a fresh needle mark on Hall's right arm.

Police say Hall was released shortly after his arrest. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer.

Hall grew up in Mesa and transferred from Arizona State to BYU, where he starred from 2007-09 before being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals.

He played in six games for the Cardinals in 2010 and was with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013.

In addition to Hall's many football accomplishments as a player, he's the current offensive coordinator at Gilbert High School. The district released this statement:

"We have been made aware that Mr. Max Hall, football coach, offensive coordinator, was arrested on allegations  of illegal activity. We take these allegations very seriously and will respond expeditiously.  We continue to gather information from the police at this time and will respond in the best interest of our students."

Dr. Alex Nardone
Chief of Staff