Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez was arrested this morning in Miami Beach, Fla. He was charged with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
Rodriguez is facing a $1,500 bond for the two charges.
Last year's fourth-round pick, Rodriquez had two run-ins with the law during his collegiate career. During his freshman year at West Virginia in 2009, he was accused of felony assault, which was later reduced to misdemeanor disturbance and trespassing charges.
After transferring to Temple, Rodriguez was arrested for disorderly conduct in 2009.
According to the police report, Rodriguez was at the scene of an accident at 5:30 a.m. this morning. He was not driving the car involved in the incident yet he was uncooperative with officers at the scene.
When asked for his ID, he said, "For what? I'm an NFL player. I don't need all that media stuff."
After providing his information, Rodriguez reportedly walked away. After being asked to return to the sidewalk, Rodriguez said, "I’m hardheaded like that and I don’t have to listen."
Even after all that, the cops were still lenient and told Rodriguez he'd be released on the scene after his information was processed in the traffic report. At that point, he reportedly cursed at officers and interfered with the roadside exercises of the driver. Officers noted Rodriguez's "slurred speed, bloodshot watery eyes, and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath."
The Bears issued the following statement on the arrest.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation.”
In his rookie year last season, where he served mainly as the team's fullback, Rodriguez played in 12 games, starting five. He caught four passes for 21 yards. He is in Miami Beach working out with Bears teammates Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
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