Back in March, as he trained with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Florida, Chicago Bears H-back Evan Rodriguez was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication involving a traffic incident in which he was not driving. He reportedly would not listen to officers at the scene as they attempted to conduct field tests on the driver, Rodriguez’s friend.
Charges were eventually dropped but GM Phil Emery took notice of the infraction.
“I certainly was disappointed in his arrest. Certainly Evan knows I was disappointed; he was re-educated with my expectations of a Chicago Bear off the field and I certainly expect good things from him,” Emery said at the start of voluntary minicamp. “He was in the middle of having a good offseason training with Brandon. He made an error as far as where he was at, time and place. Fortunately there’s been no case going forward but I was disappointed in him and he’s aware of that.”
Emery is likely even more disappointed today after Rodriguez was arrested at 3:30 this morning and charged with speeding, improper lane usage and driving under the influence. He was pulled over on I-90 at Hubbard.
This is the next in a long line of run-ins with the law for Rodriguez. His freshman year at West Virginia, he was charged with felony assault, later reduced to misdemeanor disturbance and trespassing, after an altercation with a female residence hall advisor, which initiated his transfer to Temple where he was arrested two years later for disorderly conduct.
Rodriguez, the Bears’ fourth-round selection in 2012, played in 12 games his rookie season, mainly at fullback, catching four passes for 21 yards. He has been working with the first team this offseason at H-back, tight end and fullback. This second arrest will likely result in some type of discipline from the organization, the NFL or both.
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