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.
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