From the Dallas Morning News:
Cowboys wide receiver Ventell Bryant, who contributed mostly on special teams as an undrafted rookie last year, was arrested early Wednesday morning in his hometown for an alleged DUI, a Tampa police spokesperson said.
Bryant, 23, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. ET following a traffic stop for driving without his headlights turned on, police said. According to a police summary of his arrest affidavit, Bryant “exhibited several clues of impairment and admitted to drinking several margaritas.”
He failed a field sobriety test and later produced a blood-alcohol level of .102 and .099. Those measurements exceed the .08 legal limit in Florida. Bryant posted $500 bond and was released from custody shortly before noon ET.
Last year, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was expected to have multiple contract offers in free agency. Instead, he was arrested for DWI during the offseason and never played in 2019. Now Wilkerson has been arrested again, raising questions of whether he’s done in the NFL.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Wilkerson was arrested this week by New Jersey State Police and charged with DWI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A first-round pick of the Jets in 2011, Wilkerson spent seven years with the Jets before signing with Green Bay, where he played in 2018. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015.
Although Wilkerson is only 30 years old, it’s now been a year and a half since he has played, and his prolonged absence from the league along with his two arrests make it seem likely that he won’t play again.
A year ago former NFL running back Darren McFadden was arrested for DWI when he was found asleep at the wheel in a Whataburger drive-thru. Now he’s going to jail.
McFadden pleaded guilty to drunk driving and got sentenced to four days in jail, according to TMZ.com.
The deal also will result in McFadden paying a fine and getting his license suspended for 90 days.
McFadden was a star at running back who twice finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. The Raiders made him the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft and signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract. He played seven years with the Raiders and then three more years with the Cowboys.
Former NFL All-Pro cornerback Deltha O’Neal was charged with felony DUI after an August accident in Florida left himself and a passenger with multiple injuries.
According to Terry Spencer of the Associated Press, O’Neal was measured with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 after an accident on August 7 that saw his Mercedes-Benz strike a curb at high-speed and launch into a utility pole that split the vehicle in two.
O’Neal sustained a concussion, broken ankle and internal injuries in the crash. His passenger, Joseph Babcock, sustained a broken thighbone and internal injuries. Babcock is also suing O’Neal after pleading with O’Neal to slow the car down after reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.
O’Neal was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2000 and played nine seasons in the NFL. He made the Pro Bowl twice – once in 2001 with the Broncos and again in 2005 with the Cincinnati Bengals. His 2005 season also saw him named a first-team All-Pro after setting a franchise record with 10 interceptions in a single season. O’Neal would also spend a single season with the New England Patriots in 2008.
O’Neal had an arrest for DUI during his time with the Bengals as well in 2006 following a traffic stop.