The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached an injury settlement with wide receiver David Boston and released him on Wednesday.
The Bucs filled Boston's 53-man roster spot by signing WR Mark Jones.
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.
Boston injured his ankle during pre-game warm-ups in Seattle on Sunday. He was signed to a one-year contract by the Bucs back in January.
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 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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