Skip to content

Lorenzo Neal disputes that he was arrested

5616D267618948488EF4E676135F0533 Getty Images

In what appears to be an item from the potato-potahto/tomato-tomahto file, veteran NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal claims that he wasn’t arrested for DUI.  Even though the cops said he was.

Lorenzo Neal was not arrested,” Neal told Alexan Balekian of KMJ 105.9 FM.  “Lorenzo Neal got cited.”

But here’s what CHP Officer Axel Reyes told KFSN-TV:  “A basic field sobriety test determined he was driving under the influence and then placed him under arrest.”

So while Neal apparently wasn’t taken downtown (possibly because of his involvement with Safe Rides Solutions, a professional driver service and DUI prevention program operated by law enforcement professionals), KFSN reported that Neal was arrested because . . . wait for it . . . the cops said he was.

Neal admits that he “maybe had some drinks out on the golf course,” that he “made a bad choice,” that he got into a minor car accident, and that he was over the legal limit.

“I was very, very close to the limit,” Neal said.  “I don’t know, 0.11 or 0.10.  The legal limit is 0.08.”

Neal bristles at the notion that he was “being irresponsible” or “reckless.”  But, frankly, he was.

The fact that no one was hurt or injured doesn’t matter.  The law presumes that anyone with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or greater is impaired.  And while he can shrug at the fact that he “only” had a 0.11 or a 0.10, that’s still at least 25 percent above the legal limit.

Ideally, every driver of a large, heavy, rolling steel box would at all times have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.00.  In Neal’s case, his playing weight of 255 pounds coupled with the BAC chart suggests that he had at least six or seven drinks before driving, possibly more if he consumed those drinks over the full course of 18 holes of golf.

In the interview, which is available at the KMJ website, Neal complains about the fact that the incident received so much publicity.  But what does he expect?  When someone has a high profile in the community, a DUI arrest/citation/whatever will attract attention.  Especially when the guy is directly involved in preventing drunk driving.  (It’s the Chris Hansen effect.)

I came away from listening to the Lorenzo Neal interview with three conclusions.  First, Neal seems to think drinking while playing golf and then driving is different from and/or better than binge drinking and then driving.  There isn’t, and it’s not.  Drunk driving is drunk driving, not matter what is consumed or where it’s consumed or how much is consumed.  Second, Neal seems to think that the special treatment he possibly received from the cops should extend to the media and the fans.  Third, more than two seasons after he last played in an NFL game, Neal’s sense of entitlement and privilege remains in midseason form.

Permalink 23 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Rumor Mill, Top Stories
23 Responses to “Lorenzo Neal disputes that he was arrested”
  1. bigbeefyd says: Jul 6, 2011 2:19 PM

    Bigbeefyd wonders why Lorenzo Neal talks about Lorenzo Neal in the third person.

  2. thetooloftools says: Jul 6, 2011 2:19 PM

    You blow over a .08, you broke the law. Close doesn’t mean crap.

  3. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 2:21 PM

    Lorenzo just seems….well….puzzled…. about it all.

  4. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    Ughh he went 3rd person. That’s like flipping a switch to me. Anything you say from then on sounds like Charlie Browns teacher.

    Drinking that much alcohol and driving (your ball on the golf course) can be ok though it can lead to wild lies about your score and trash talking.

    Drinking that much alcohol and driving (your car on the road)? Not so much.

  5. 4gone says: Jul 6, 2011 2:24 PM

    “Lorenzo Neal was not arrested,” Neal told Alexan Balekian of KMJ 105.9 FM

    Since Casey Anthony made killing your children legal, Lorenzo is trying a new legal defense – if you talk about yourself in the 3rd person it means you didn’t do it and that someone else was responsible.

  6. drgfri says: Jul 6, 2011 2:26 PM

    In other news… Rex Ryan doesn’t dispute that he is a bloated foot freak.

  7. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 2:27 PM

    “Lorenzo Neal was not arrested. Lorenzo Neal was cited. Lorenzo Neal is not pleased that you ask these questions. Lorenzo Neal must consider Lorenzo Neal’s reputation. Now, if you’ll excuse us, Lorenzo Neal must go to the washroom, where Lorenzo Neal will take a long overdue whiz. Lorenzo Neal is out. Hi, Mom!”.

  8. broo53 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    Sense of entitlement and privilege is spot on description. Add to that stupid for stating to the media that he was .11. You have a right to not incriminate yourself, anyone with any sense uses it.

  9. Kave Krew says: Jul 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    Too many lead blocks in his lifetime…….Another reason to take the concussion issue more seriously………

  10. hobartbaker says: Jul 6, 2011 2:43 PM

    Lorenzo is thinking he can overturn the citation on the grounds that the “field sobriety test” was conducted on pavement bu the side of the road. “Weren’t no fields near there. Just some warehouses and stuff.”.
    .

  11. Andy says: Jul 6, 2011 2:43 PM

    Here in Norway the limit is 0.02. Enough said.

  12. dbellina says: Jul 6, 2011 2:44 PM

    That’s funny because I lost my license for a year when my I got a DUI with a 0.09 BAC. And I was parked on the side of the road with my car off (keys in the ignition.) Gotta love PA cops.

  13. maddog111 says: Jul 6, 2011 2:56 PM

    Lorenzo Neal was not arrested,” Neal told Alexan Balekian of KMJ 105.9 FM. “Lorenzo Neal got cited.”

    This was just a misunderstanding. “Lorenzo Neal doesn’t like misunderstanding. Understandings and Lorenzo Neal kinda clash. Lorenzo Neal is getting upset”.

  14. schmitty2 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:10 PM

    I’m convinced the Chargers are a cursed team. How many issues have their current and former players had with Guns and alcohol? Vjax, Seau, Cooper just to name a few. And who can forget “Lights Out “Merriman and his famous tussle with Tila Tequila.

  15. vdogg says: Jul 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    “Lorenzo Neal thinks there should be a change to the law, if Lorenzo Neal just finished golfing, Lorenzo Neal gets to use a mulligan on Lorenzo Neal’s BAC.”

  16. teeray3 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:55 PM

    As I stated previously (on the other post) so many people do this and do not know it. I bet Lorenzo knew the BAC Chart. But again, as with how the authors ignored the importance of oz’s, he probably had no idea of the actual ounces involved.

    If one was drinking 12 oz cups then they had 6 or 7 drinks; 16 oz 4-5; 20 3-4. If you go to an NFL game almost every cup is over 12 ounces (16 to 20 & for $8 to $12 it better be). With 16oz we are talking about the difference between a can of pop or a bottle. Most of us don’t even think or notice the difference.

    They also don’t point out how food affects the person, if they have liver disease (and may not know), IF THEY ARE HOT & Sweating (i.e. golfing), if they are diabetic or pre-diabetic etc . . . All of that can affect you.

    Bottom line don’t take a drink and drive, anyone who does is taking a risk of a DUI period. Just ask Michael Williams (BUC’s WR) and most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for an attorney.

    It’s also funny how you are still responsible for you actions in regards to driving while you are drunk, but a Man or Woman can claim rape and lack of consent if she is too drunk. Either you are responsible or you are not!!

  17. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 4:15 PM

    dbellina says:
    Jul 6, 2011 2:44 PM
    That’s funny because I lost my license for a year when my I got a DUI with a 0.09 BAC. And I was parked on the side of the road with my car off (keys in the ignition.) Gotta love PA cops.
    __________________________________
    I live in OH and a former co-worker of mine was cited for DUI even though he was in his truck in a parking lot dead asleep. His truck was running though, so I think that was why he got the citation.

  18. mikei2 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:18 PM

    Lorenzo Neal is a good guy. I’ve been struck by how many people on the message boards have remembered that when commenting on this incident. The officer and Zo may not have been using the word “arrested” in the same way, Zo just meaning he wasn’t hauled off in cuffs. Or maybe he genuinely didn’t know that not going to jail isn’t the same as not being arrested. Lorenzo gets the benefit of the doubt here, not because what happened was legal (it wasn’t) but because his case shouldn’t get lumped together with much worse cases. Sober drivers have hit that pole. Lorenzo has shown in the past that he does take drunk driving very seriously. He’s a good guy who made a bad decision. I wish him well. I hope he handles this well.

  19. rayguyreturns says: Jul 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    ““I was very, very close to the limit,” Neal said. “I don’t know, 0.11 or 0.10. The legal limit is 0.08.””
    ______________________________________

    Do you think a prosecutor will let this one go?

    You have the right to remain silent…..use it.

    Note to self: Hitting linebackers with helmet= no brain activity later in life.

  20. buzzardpointlookout says: Jul 6, 2011 8:30 PM

    I live in OH and a former co-worker of mine was cited for DUI even though he was in his truck in a parking lot dead asleep. His truck was running though, so I think that was why he got the citation.

    ——————————————————–

    Cops in Ohio give no quarter when it comes to drinking & driving. I’m pretty sure it is a crime to think about getting behind the wheel when you’re liquored up.

  21. richm2256 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    mikei2 says:
    Lorenzo Neal is a good guy. I’ve been struck by how many people on the message boards have remembered that when commenting on this incident. The officer and Zo may not have been using the word “arrested” in the same way, Zo just meaning he wasn’t hauled off in cuffs. Or maybe he genuinely didn’t know that not going to jail isn’t the same as not being arrested. Lorenzo gets the benefit of the doubt here, not because what happened was legal (it wasn’t) but because his case shouldn’t get lumped together with much worse cases. Sober drivers have hit that pole. Lorenzo has shown in the past that he does take drunk driving very seriously. He’s a good guy who made a bad decision. I wish him well. I hope he handles this well.
    ————————————————

    Seriously, are you REALLY saying Lorenzo Neal – you know, the guy working to PREVENT drunk driving – hit a pole, blew at least a .10, and takes drunk driving VERY SERIOUSLY????

    REALLY, dude?

    And how well do you think he’s “handling” this if he’s minimizing what he did????

    If any PFT’ers are unsure of the definition of “moron”, here it is.

  22. doe22us says: Jul 7, 2011 12:06 AM

    Honestly any person that refers themselves in a third person is a douche bag

  23. jcdavey2011 says: Jul 7, 2011 2:53 AM

    i don’t see why the chargers are catching any smack over this story

    this happened AFTER neal decided to become a raider……

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!