What an offseason this has been for players involved with the law. Although nothing is out of the norm because it’s something that unfortunately happens every offseason. There has been an abundance of DUI’s thus far. The latest to hold the title? Buccaneers newly acquired Cornerback Eric Wright.
Wright was arrested Monday morning when he rear-ended his Mercedes Coupe into a Chevrolet Silverado, causing injury to the driver of the truck that required the LA Fire Department to report on scene. The driver of the Chevy refused medical care, but said that he was in pain.
Because the accident involved an injury, Police arrested him on felony charges and booked him into the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown L.A.instead of a $100,000 bail. When he was questioned, Wright said that he had been drinking at a friends house in Hollywood. He refused to take part in a field-sobriety test, or a breathalyzer test. He was later released from the facility.
This is the first arrest of Wright since joining the league in 2007, but his collegiate days were not squeaky clean. He once had a rape charge against him, along with possession of more than a hundred ecstacy pills, but there wasn’t enough evidence to prove either and charges were never filed.
Although this is his first offense as a pro, new Bucs Coach Greg Schiano has stressed the importance of leadership and accountability. This is an example of what not to do under the new regime, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Wright punished by the team even if the league decides not to do so.
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