Evan Rodriguez apologizes for “poor decision” resulting in DUI arrest
Rodriguez was pulled over by the Illinois State Police on 1-90 neat Hubbart Street around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning and ticketed for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage. According to police report, Rodriguez’s blood-alcohol content registered at 0.17 which is more than twice of the state limit.
The 24-year Rodriguez’s recent DUI arrest was immediately followed by speculations that it could jeopardize his roster spot with the Bears. But the team insisted on Friday that it would not jump to conclusions before thoroughly looking into the incident.
Now, that the Bears have gathered all sorts of information, and analyzed the circumstances surrounding the DUI arrest from every angle, the team is still not ready to part ways with Rodriguez despite it being his second in two months.
“I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night. I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere,” Rodriguez said in a statement released by the team. “I realize that I made a very poor decision. I know that more is expected of me and that I let a lot of people down that are counting on me.”
“I will make positive changes in my life so that this doesn’t happen again.”
Earlier in March, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication, as wellas resisting an officer without violence after a different traffic incident in Miami. However, prosecutors eventually dropped those charges. But Bears general manager Phil Emery still expressed disappointment in Rodriguez during a statement in April, and added the second-year player will be “re-educated on my expectations” when the team kicks off its offseason workout programs.
Rodriguez certainly seems to have taken note of the sterner tone in the last part of the general managers’ message and decided it was time to return focus back on-field before he runs out of chances in Chicago.
Selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Bears, Rodriguez desperately needs to come back with an much improved form and production after catching just 4 passes for 21 yards in 12 game appearances last season.