The Pinellas Park Police Department announced last week that they plan to follow through with the misdemeanor DUI charge against Tampa Bay wide receiver David Boston, whose urinalysis stemming from an Aug. 23 arrest tested positive for one of several illegal substances last week.
On Monday, the Pinellas Park Police Department announced that Boston’s urinalysis tested positive for GHB, according to several published reports.
Boston, 29, was arrested on the evening of Aug. 23 after police claimed they found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running while he was stopped at a red light at a Pinellas Park intersection.
According to police reports, the Pinellas Park policemen on the scene had to wake Boston, who then informed the police that he was heading from Celebration in Orlando to the Tampa International Airport. The Bucs conducted training camp near Celebration, but it ended on Aug. 16.
A breathalyzer was given to Boston, but revealed that there was no alcohol present in his system. However, the Pinellas County Police Department felt there was reasonable suspicion to arrest Boston after he was put through a field sobriety test.
As it turns out, they had reason to be suspicious as Boston tested positive for GHB, also known as gamma hydroxybutrate, a central nervous system depressant that is often used by body builders as an aid to burn fat and build muscle. GHB is taken in liquid or powder form and has also been referred to as the “date rape drug” as it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and visual disturbances, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Upon hearing that the Pinellas Park Police Department intended to carry out the misdemeanor DUI charge against Boston after learning of his positive urinalysis result week, Boston proclaimed his innocence by releasing the following statement on Thursday.
"All I am able to say at this time is that I have done nothing wrong; I was not impaired. I have assured, and will continue to assure, the Buccaneers that I have done nothing wrong. And, in the end when this matter is resolved the facts will show that I have done nothing wrong. I appreciate the Buccaneers organization believing in me and the fans for their support."
If Boston pleads guilty to – or is convicted off – the DUI charge, he could be released by the Buccaneers, who signed him to a one-year contract during the offseason.
As of now, it looks as though the Bucs are waiting for Boston's case to play out before they decide whether to take action against the wide receiver.
“We are taking the allegations in today’s report released by the Pinellas Park Police Department very seriously and we will continue to review all information as it becomes available," Bucs general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. "We will reserve further comment until all the facts surrounding the investigation are complete."
A former first-round draft pick, Boston could also face suspension from the NFL. It would be his second suspension since entering the NFL after he was suspended four games during the 2004 season for testing positive for steroids.
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