For months Robert Steeples has been hard at work trying to earn his way onto the roster of his hometown St. Louis Rams.

So imagine his surprise and confusion when the team's directer of security Steve Miller recently asked the rookie corner about a police blotter report that said Steeples had been arrested on drug-related charges.

Fred Contrada of MassLive.com reported Friday that Michael C. Roper 25 of Holyoke Mass. allegedly told Northampton police his name was Robert Steeples when police stopped the car he was riding in as a passenger on July 8. The article which sources police documents says police found a crack cocaine pipe and a pill bottle containing a prescription muscle relaxer in the vehicle. Roper who claimed the drugs belonged to the driver was booked under Steeples' name.

The article explains what happened next:

Police later learned however that Steeples is an undrafted rookie trying out for the Rams.

In a letter to police Stephen Miller the director of security for the Rams said head coach Jeff Fisher came into his office on July 26 with an envelope containing a police blotter story that Steeples had been arrested. Miller called Northampton police but was unable to obtain a mug shot. He did learn that the man arraigned had a tattoo on his right arm.

Miller then met with Steeples and determined that he had no such tattoo. Steeples suggested to the Rams the defendant in question was his adopted cousin Roper.

A spokesman for the Rams on Friday confirmed the team is aware of the issue. He said Steeples' relationship to Roper is his only relationship to the July 8 incident.