Former Chicago Bear RB Cedric Benson arrested for DUI

Cedric Benson, the former Bears running back, who was cut from the team after being arrested twice in 2008, once for boating under the influence and then for driving under the influence, has been arrested again for DUI.

I should point out that after he was cut by the Bears, Benson was found not guilty for both 2008 arrests.

From CBS Sports:

The former running back who played for the Bears, Bengals and Packers over eight NFL seasons, and was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was pulled over and arrested in Austin, Texas for a DUI charge, the Austin American Statesman reports.

And when he was pulled over, things got a little awkward.

According to a police affidavit obtained by the paper, Benson declined to stay in his vehicle after pulling over into a 7-Eleven parking lot, instead appearing to inform the officer he wanted to enter the convenience store.

The Statesman reports police described Benson’s as as “glassy.” He was also “swaying” and “his speech was mumbled and he smelled of alcohol.”

Benson is described in the affidavit as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky.”

Additionally, police wrote in the affidavit that Benson “refused sobriety tests.” Benson was asked to recite the alphabet and “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL.”

Benson told police he couldn’t count any higher than the number three.

This is not Benson’s first arrest and it’s not even his first arrest in Travis County, Texas. Benson was arrested in 2011 for assault on a family member, while having other legal issues in Austin pending. In 2014, Benson was arrested in Austin for public intoxication.

Benson was released by the Bears in 2008 after being busted for drunk driving and drunk boating (yes, both of them). He latched on with the Bengals but struggled to find a home as a free agent in 2012.

Michael Floyd, Austin Seferian-Jenkins plead to DUI charges

There were two NFL DUI stories in the news over the past couple of days:

From Pro Football Talk:

Wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty to extreme DUI to settle the criminal case related to his December arrest in Arizona.

Floyd faced seven charges, but the other six were dropped when he entered a guilty plea in Scottsdale on Thursday. Jonathan Roy of FOX 10 in Phoenix reports that Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 24 of those days to be served at a Maricopa County facility. The other 96 days of the sentence will be served via home detention.

Floyd also needs to do 30 hours of community service and was fined $5115.99.

and from TMZ:

NY Jets player Austin Seferian-Jenkins has cut a plea deal in his DUI case from last year and won’t spend any time behind bars … TMZ Sports has learned.

The 24-year-old tight end was arrested on September 23 in Florida after a cop pulled him over for a traffic stop and thought he seemed wasted. Dashcam footage from the incident showed him slurring.

According to court docs, Seferian-Jenkins pled no contest to a reckless driving charge and in exchange, got 1 year probation and 50 hours of community service.

He also has to attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.

AZ Cardinals WR Michael Floyd arrested for DUI

From the Associated Press:

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested early Monday on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.

Floyd was found unconscious behind the wheel of his running vehicle at a Scottsdale intersection shortly before 3 a.m. MST., police said.

Police said Floyd also was charged with obstructing a roadway.

He was booked and released from the Scottsdale jail at 4:58 a.m., police said.

Rams’ CB Troy Hill arrested for DUI after crash

From NBC news:

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a crash on the 101 Freeway Saturday morning, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol received a report that a Mercedes Benz and a big rig had crashed on the westbound 101 Freeway west of Haskell Avenue just before 8 a.m., according to the CHP.

When officers arrived, one of the drivers identified himself as Troy Hill, and said he was a player for the Los Angeles Rams.

Hill was driving the white Mercedes when he swerved to the right and collided with the big rig, authorities said.

Officers at the scene noted that Hill showed signs of alcohol intoxication and conducted a series of field sobriety tests. Hill was arrested after officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol, according to the CHP.

Hill was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys jail where he was booked for DUI. He was released after posting $15,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Eagles WR Josh Huff arrested for DUI, Illegal Possession of Handgun and Marijuana

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff did not have a permit for a handgun he was carrying and also had a small amount of marijuana when he was pulled over and charged with DUI Tuesday.

Huff was on the Walt Whitman Bridge from Philadelphia to New Jersey around 11 a.m. Tuesday when he was stopped for speeding. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and for carrying prohibited weapons for the 9mm handgun and six hollow-point bullets he was carrying. He was also issued summons for the marijuana and tinted windows.

Huff is due in court on Nov. 15

The Eagles released a statement Tuesday afternoon on the matter, saying they were aware of an incident and were “gathering more information.”

Last week, Huff was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff for a touchdown against the Vikings.

A third-round pick in 2014, Huff has played in all seven games and made two starts for the Eagles this season. He caught one pass for nine yards in last Sunday’s overtime loss at Dallas. For the season, he has 13 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Cleveland Browns lineman arrested for drunk driving

From the Royalton Post:

A Cleveland Browns offensive lineman was arrested for OVI and other counts after being stopped by police while in a Cleveland Metroparks parking lot around 1 a.m. Sept. 26.

According to a North Royalton Police report, an officer saw Alvin Bailey Jr., 25, a city resident, speeding northbound on West 130th Street at 12:57 a.m. in his lifted pick-up truck. The vehicle then turned onto Valley Parkway and into the Paw Paw Picnic Area just off of West 130th.

An officer allegedly saw Bailey exiting the vehicle and reportedly ignored commands to go back inside, with Bailey instead bending down under the tailgate. Bailey then stood up, seeming surprised at the officer’s presence, according to the report. He stated he stopped due to a vehicle warning of high air pressure and was releasing air.

Bailey reportedly told officers he was driving home after spending several hours at a Pearl Road business in Strongsville. He said he went there after arriving back in Cleveland from Miami, where the 0-3 Browns had played the previous afternoon and lost to the Dolphins 30-24. Bailey was a new addition to the starting lineup in that game after center Cameron Erving was injured earlier this season.

Bailey – who the Browns list at 6-foot-3-inches and 320 pounds – reportedly admitted to drinking while at the business and consuming several whiskeys on the plane from Miami before that. He was arrested for OVI after performing poorly on sobriety tests and testing over the legal limit on a portable breath test.

During a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly saw green flakes believed to be marijuana inside the center console, including in an unlocked lock box. Bailey was cited for failure to comply, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, speed and unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield). He had a Sept. 29 court date.

Update: Seferian-Jenkins DUI video released

Since my previous post, NFL tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and picked up by the New York Jets.

Now an edited version of his DUI arrest video has hit the internet.  He was about to get off with a warning, but he kept on talking and ultimately said enough to get the officer to ask him to do field sobriety tests.

The field tests are not part of the edited dash cam video.  Whoever edited this made sure to keep in the part where Seferian-Jenkins tells the officer that he has to take a “huge shit.”