Evan Rodriguez’s DUI turned out to be quite costly for the Chicago Bears FB/TE. The team has decided to cut him after his second arrest of the off-season (and reports that he continued to frequent nightclubs in the days following his DUI arrest).
From the Chicago Tribune:
The Chicago Bears have decided to release fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez, a source told the Tribune on Monday.
Rodriguez managed to stick with the Bears after his first arrest of the offseason in March, for disorderly intoxication. Those charges subsequently were dropped. He appeared to have managed to stick with the Bears after his second arrest of the offseason in May, for driving under the influence. A police source told the Tribune that Rodriguez’s blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.
The Bears have put his roster space to use already, signing fullback Tony Fiammetta, according to his agent.
Rodriguez was contrite after his latest arrest.
“I apologize to the whole organization and my family and my teammates,” Rodriguez said. “I know I made a poor judgment that night. I also have to earn my teammates’ trust back and the coaches’ trust back, so I can say a whole bunch of words, but I have to lead by my actions.”
Less than 48 hours after his arrest, Rodriguez was seen in a Chicago nightclub.
Last week, Bears general manager Phil Emery said he was extremely disappointed in Rodriguez.
“There are a lot of things we have to work through,” Emery said. “All off-the-field incidents are subject to NFL policies and guidelines. We have to work through these things.”
The Bears chose Rodriguez in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.