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July 2, 2012 @ 2:51 pm
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Bucs' Wright Arrested, Charged With Felony DUI

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Newly signed Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright's Tampa Bay career is off to a terrible start. After missing much of the offseason workouts with an undisclosed illness, the former Brown and Lions player was arrested early Monday morning charged with felony DUI.
Cornerback Eric Wright’s Buccaneers' career isn’t getting off to a very good start. After missing a significant portion of the team’s OTAs (organized team activities) and mini-camps due to an undisclosed illness first reported by PewterReport.com, Wright was arrested early Monday morning in Los Angeles and charged with felony DUI.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, police responded to a report of an injury accident about 12:20 a.m. involving a Chevy Silverado pickup and a Mercedes SLS luxury sports coup at James M. Wood Boulevard and Georgia Street, said Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Wright, who was not hurt, allegedly told officers he had been drinking earlier at a friend's home in the Hollywood area and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test, Eisenman said. The driver of the truck complained of pain but refused medical treatment.

Officers booked Wright on a felony because the accident involved injury. He was booked into the LAPD's downtown Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback signed a free agent contract with the Buccaneers on March 13 worth $37.5 million after stints with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

The Buccaneers sent out this statement late this afternoon.

"We are aware of the arrest and are in the process of gathering information. We take such matters very seriously and will handle it appropriately."

Wright is expected to start at right cornerback opposite Aqib Talib on Tampa Bay's defense this season.

Last modified on Monday, 02 July 2012 18:01
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    I agree with Horse. I think this will go away from a standpoint of felony DUI. The other guy sees a Mercedes sports coupe and feigns injury, but refuses medical attention. The cops were probably angry about Wright refusing a breathalizer test and over charged Wright. The commish will penalize Wright and I think the Bucs will too. The guy is showing a terrible attitude so far and bears little resemblance to a "Buccaneer Man". 37 Million for this!!!!
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    Dominic could see the light, he just might, send him off into the night, without a fight, not cuz money's tight, just cuz it feels so right to cut Wright.
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    Time to show what your principles are made of, Bucs. Cutting Wright and league suspensions have been mentioned ... how about a "conduct detrimental to the team" two-game suspension imposed by Shiano? or one more game than the Commish would impose arrangement (2,3,4 ...) made in the backroom? A clear message from inside the organization for both rooks and vets alike. Defang Goodell and add bite to the coach.
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    I supervise a lot of men and women stationed here in Germany... and here's the one thing I want you to understand Mr. Wright... our military is ONE and DONE when it comes to DUI! But maybe that doesn't matter to you. You make a shitload more than we do. Buy a damn taxi already. You're not a pro in my book. I hope you're cut!
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    I'm pretty sure that since they didn't give him a signing bonus, just a front loaded contract. I think that they can release with much penelty within the first few years of his contract.
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    Outside of the stupidity of Wright, to me the real heat goes to Dom and the scouts. Hearing about issues at USC amongst others after the fact is not acceptable when you give a #2/ #3 CB top tier money. Either someone is not doing their homework or they simply dont care. Bullshit either way honestly as it seems to be happening to our team way too much. Schiano, its on you to make it right since no one else in the front office seems to be able to, lets get er done!
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    So we're putting the slogan, "Buccaneer Men" to the test early. Ok. And EJ Biggers should buy a lottery ticket, because his luck is off the charts.
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    What a freakin IDIOT. Don't want to be around when training camp starts. Hope Coach comes up with a nice way to express his gratitude.
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    I have made it known that I was not a fan of this signing and this only cements the reasons why. I never knew about any of the issues at USC whether wrong or right. From a pure football standpoint this guy was a bad fit. He gets burned more than any CB ive ever seen live. I encourage everyone to look at the stats from his days in Cleveland where he was beaten from the word hike. I think he is nothing more than an overpaid nickel back. I PRAY they put some language in his contract that can get him released for off field instances because its obvious hes not even focused on getting ready for football. Say what you will about Talib but he's arguably one of the top corners in the league so you put up with a lot more than with this clown. Cut him now and go get Jenkins from Dallas!!!! And I couldnt agree with QueDogg more everyone who nailed Raheem to the cross, I guess he wasnt the issue after all. Raheem had was placed in a difficult situation when looked at logically, you give him the youngest team in the league, a few of which have WELL documented off the field issues, miss an offseason, give him absolutely no impact free agents to speak of, no veteran leadership, then you add in the NFL's handcuffing contact rules and it was a recipe for disaster. This is an opportunity for Coach Schiano to walk some of the talk hes been saying bc after all this was HIS signing not Raheems. I'll be interested to see how he handles the situation, as im sure the rest of the team will. Anyone can come into a press conference and bark "accountabiliy" "changing culture" etc etc but know its put up time. ALL EYES ARE ON YOU COACH!
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    Not sure what Dennis Hickey's job is but I do know Dominik just gave him a promotion. Dickey is in charge of the draft in some compacity and would think this includes evaluating free agents. This move couple with this ridiculous signing should be enough for the Glazers to fire Dominik. This guy is becoming more of an embarrassment than any GM I've ever seen. Hire the Colts old GM or Butch Davis now.. Dominik did his job in helping Schiano navigate thru the draft now fire this idiot before he signs or promotes anyone else.
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    Did someone say this is "minor." Felony DUI doesn't sound like minor, no matter how insignificant the vehicle collision was. Schiano may not have to do anything...Goodell will...I hope we can get some our signing bonus money back and cut this guy...We need players who are committed to their profession, not juveniles in their fifth year.
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    I've said it before, and I will repeat it. Raheem Morris was overly blamed for arrest, failed season, and bad draft picks. I guess we can go ahead and say this arrest was his fault too. When will Dominick answer for his incomptency? He is becoming the Otis Smith of the Bucs. Muvlodge! You sound like an idiot and a "hater" What in the world is "bling" and how does this relate to a DUI?
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    I've said it before, and I will repeat it. Raheem Morris was overly blamed for arrest, failed season, and bad draft picks. I guess we can go ahead and say this arrest was his fault too. When will Dominick answer for his incomptency? He is becoming the Otis Smith of the Bucs. Muvlodge! You sound like an idiot and a "hater" What in the world is "bling" and how does this relate to a DUI?
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    We cannot catch a break. there is always a screw up in every camp but you hope it is not one of the new free agents who the team just wrote a big check to. Bummer, a weak position just got weaker.
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    At least the rookie players will be getting a wake up notice....don't make such stupid choices... this is leadership through negative example!
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    You can be sure Goddell will suspend him for at least four games.
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    surferdudes, maybe one game. The guy wasn't injured and refused medical treatment. Wright refused to take the breath test as well anyone should do if they are stupid enough to be drinking and driving. I am still not sure why that became a Felony DUI because he really wasn't injured. I think most of this will go away; he was over charged.
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    WTF! Told my wife right after mini-camp, "they have a month and half off. Hope no one is arrested for anything." I don't even make 40K and I always make sure I have a friend, cab or someone to pick me up if I've been drinking too much. This Damn A_ _ is going to make 38 Mill in 5 years and he can't have a personal driver. *censored*, let me know when your in town and I'll drive you around ALL damn night for 500 dollars!! What about picking up Bryant McFadden from the Steelers for some depth?
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    This is not going so great for GM Dominik. Once again the scouting staff did not do enough back ground check on this guy. If I am the Glazers after committing to 37 million I would be giving Dominik that this is his last warning that he better make sure that when he signs anyone they have to pass the Buccaneer Way check off. Butch Davis, be prepared to take over the GM spot soon.
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    As with all DUI charges involving an accident; it could have been worse. Being a non-drinker, I have little understanding as to why a highly paid and vulnerable player gets behind the wheel even after a few beers. Then again, I see countless people driving while talking on the phone and texting. The police should look into developing a textilizer after these on line chats cause an accident. I did a spoof college paper on the benefits of driving while on the phone titled. "Stop Honking You Idiot Can't You See I'm on the Phone." I suppose we could do one in this case titled, "Get out of the Way you Idiot, Can't You See I'm Drunk"
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    Scubog, another funny one. In our younger years you could get away with this, but not anymore. Just because one makes millions doesn't mean they also automatically are rewarded with common sense.
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    tpeluso, I agree with you. No matter the outcome, he knew what he did was wrong and Coach should show that any negative attention brought to the TEAM, by any individuals, should suspend him for a game or a couple if the offense is bad enough. This team needs DISCIPLINE!!!!!!! I have been saying it for two years now.
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    I guess these young veterans like to start off with a big bang-I hope in the future He picks future friends more carefully. If Wright doesn't watch it he may be here today and gone next year to another player, Can't he be dismissed by the bucs and he loses the money because he cause the problem! Besides GO BUCS
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    MC I know you have to choose your words carefully because you're going to have to try and get interviews from these players but it's not just "not very good"...it's been a horrible start. As always I'll reserve full judgment until the legal system takes its course but this guy better be a damn good CB during preseason and the regular season. If he doesn't work out that'll be a big failure for Dominik. Dominik wanted to sign Wright last year but couldn't get him here either because the Glazers would let him spend the money or Morris advised against it. Now neither is a factor so this decision will be all on Dominik. Like Grafikdetail said many people thought Dominik overpaid for this guy big time in the first place.
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    This isn't on the level of Talib punching the cabbie, but Schiano needs to send a message nonetheless. Suspend him for the season opener regardless of the legal outcome.
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    already thought the team overpaid for this guy; then he seems "soft" missing practice for an "illness";&now this? hope he shows something good this season or this is a waste of money
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    yes, this will go down as minor and eventually go away; still, it is a little annoying; Wright should know what the Bucs are trying to do;
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    Let's see how Coach TBA Schiano responds to this. I'm really interested to see what he does with something this bad early into his tenure. It's either goodbye Wright(if he's found guilty), or he's full of hot air.
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    I'm not going to jump this time so quickly. It appears to me to be a minor accident. I have no idea what was written in his contract about behavior, but he could owe the Bucs back some of that guaranteed money. Uhm, maybe what I said prior about reaching for Martin when we still had other needs might be lessons learned form situations like this. Just my thoughts.
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    Im not ready to jump horse, but the whether or not this comes back to bite him and the team isnt even the issue. This is a clear lack of judgement.
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    Never pickup a Detroit Lion Free Agent! How many guys from that team have been popped for some type of self-medicating and driving this summer from that team. Maybe we can say he still is still technically a Lion until training camp starts so we can avoid any NFL team fines if we have any others players get pulled over in the coming weeks until camp. Wishful thinking I guess, probably more to come; it's a long hot-summer in the NFL!
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    Fuel for the fire of doubters, this guy is giving me a serious case of buyers remorse. Derrick Ward 2.0?
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    I will never understand how these people make MILLIONS and flat refuse to pay someone to drive you home.
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    Agree Sclobernocker. People will drink and enjoy their millions. Yet wont protect their contract and image by shelling out a few bucks for a cab or driver? Strange. If there is any silver lining, there was no medical treatment needed on injured driver and no BAC level in the police report so will be tough to get much on this one in terms of a conviction.
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    It's called BLING!!! Look at me in my Benz, I am soo cool, as I get carted off in a police car. I have tried to be positive about this signing but have had a real bad gut feeling about it. i don't even like to see pictures of this guy. i just get a real bad feeling about him and he is miniature.
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    What do you mean by 'these people' ?? Huh??? What are you trying to say? Is this a racial thing? Ha ha I'm just joking! . Everybody just calm down! I'm just playing! I'm sure someone was thinking that when they read that post. I think that teams who release players due to dumb stunts like this should not be penalized and the guaranteed money should be lost.
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