Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez didn’t want the attention that came with police questioning after an accident involving a car he was the passenger in, but probably cost himself a trip to jail because he lacked that internal timer that tells a person when it’s best to shut up.
(In other news, my wife just got a sharp pain in the back of her head and has no idea why.)
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times obtained a copy of the police report from Rodriguez’s arrest in Miami Beach last night on charges of resisting without violence and disorderly intoxication.
According to the report, Rodriguez balked when an officer asked for his identification, saying “For what? I don’t need this,” and then “I’m an NFL player. I don’t need all the media stuff.”
When the officer told him the information was going into the passenger section of the traffic accident report, he gave the information but appeared upset. He then walked away, but returned when another officer was giving the driver of the car he was in a roadside sobriety test. He then walked into the middle of the road, was told to go back to the sidewalk, but returned. Asked again to go to the sidewalk, he replied: “I’m hardheaded like that and I don’t have to listen.”
Told again to go the sidewalk, he replied: “I don’t need this. I’m an NFL player.”
After continuing to pester the cops, a crowd gathered, and police reported Rodriguez “slurred speech, blood shot watery eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.”
Every indication in the report is that Rodriguez would have been ignored as nothing more than a passenger if he had been polite and minded his own business.
Now if you’ll excuse me, my phone’s ringing. It’s the wife.