Darrius Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI charges


Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The plea was in exchange for three years’ probation, three months of DUI classes and fines and court costs.

Heyward-Bey was arrested in April, and blood alcohol tests registered 0.12 and 0.13, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

The 25-year-old wideout was coming off his best season, leading the Raiders with 64 catches for 965 yards. And while his attorney said he had “serious issues” with the case, the decision was made not to take it to trial.

Attorney Ivan Golde said Heyward-Bey wanted to “put this behind him,” saying a trial “would be an undue hardship,” on his client.

16 responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI charges

  1. 1st time run-in with law. Goodell may let it slide, but no more than 1 game suspension, if any. My guess from previous 1st time offenders.

  2. And while his attorney said he had “serious issues” with the case, the decision was made not to take it to trial.
    The “serious issues” must be related to his guilt.

  3. Another ‘no contest’…ugh. What a joke this term has become to the judicial system. Whatever happened to guilty or not? Help me out with this Florio.

  4. benmci says:Jul 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    I love the Raiders but come on DHB…..you don’t play for Lions

    You’re right. The Lions only register at .10, one drink over the legal .08. Heyward-Bey was flat-out drunk at 0.13 and a dangerous menace to all around him. Typical Raider.

    Seem to be leading the NFL in going to jail they made a start today but need to do more.
    A gun with the way thing went down in Colorado he had to go and with a lazier on it what did he have on his mind it good to see him go someone else trouble now.

  6. I go to NFL games and I drink a pile of beer. However, I keep my mouth shut and take a taxi back to the motel. Much better than riding in a cop car to stay at the jail. I think I get it!

  7. With so many DUIs going around the league this offseason, I think it’s time to start letting businesses bid for the title of “The Official Bail Bondsman of the NFL.”

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