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Not a good start in the 'stay out of trouble' department for the 2013 Chicago Bears.
Chicago Bears tight end / fullback / H-Back Evan Rodriguez was arrested in Miami early this morning. The Miami Beach Police Department booked him a little after 5:30 a.m. on charges of resisting an officer without violence, and disorderly intoxication. The two charges come with a $1,500 bond. At this time there is no indication if Rodriguez was driving while intoxicated.
This isn't Rodriguez's first brush with the authorities. During his early collegiate career, at West Virginia, there were a couple of instances before transferring to Temple and getting arrested for disorderly conduct.
After an uneventful rookie season, more production is expected out of Rodriguez for the Bears in year two. During Marc Trestman's chat with the media yesterday he addressed his role with the team.
#Bears coach Marc Trestman said he sees Evan Rodriguez as a fullback right now. But he’s encouraged that he’s working with Brandon Marshall— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) March 20, 2013
After J'Marcus Webb had his issue with the police he received a stern talking to from Phil Emery, so I'm sure E-Rod will have his time in the principals office too.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times has a timeline from the reporting officer. Here's a few highlights;
Initially, Evan Rodriguez didn't do anything wrong.
He was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident around 9 p.m. in Miami Beach Wednesday night.
He should have just followed the officers instructions.
* Officer told Rodriguez he needed his information. "For what? I don't need this," Rodriguez said, according to the report. "I'm an NFL player. I don't need all the media stuff."
The full quote changes the conclusions some were jumping to.
The remainder of the timeline paints a picture of Rodriguez acting immature. Ignoring the officer's instructions, and acting the part of a drunken fool.
Had he just remained calm, he would have avoided charges.
* He later apologized. "I'm sorry, but I was upset cause of the accident."
At least common sense kicked in at some point.