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Saints WR Joe Morgan busted for DUI

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So much for a quiet Memorial Day weekend.

While the Maurice Jones-Drew situation has not resulted in battery charges, news has emerged of a pair of arrests from the three-day holiday.

First, it was Bucs safety Cody Grimm, arrested Sunday for public intoxication.  Now, it’s Saints receiver Joe Morgan.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Morgan was arrested Saturday for DUI.

Found asleep behind the wheel of his car, Morgan failed a field-sobriety test and later generated a blood-alcohol content of 0.218 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Morgan, who is expected to be the team’s No. 3 wideout in 2013, was released later in the day on $1,150 bond.  Both the team and Morgan declined to comment.

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57 Responses to “Saints WR Joe Morgan busted for DUI”
  1. r8rnuck says: May 29, 2013 10:33 AM

    who dat!?!?

    .218?? like a boss!

    moron…thankfully no one hurt as a result

  2. blowpackblow says: May 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    Joe “Captain” Morgan?

  3. goawayeverybody says: May 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think this is the first time in about four years that any Saint has had a run-in with the law. It’s extremely rare. He sure was drunk as a skunk.

  4. gcbean says: May 29, 2013 10:36 AM

    Boozin and losin’

  5. whatnojets says: May 29, 2013 10:36 AM

    If he was sleeping the why did they charge him “Driving While Intoxiated”???

  6. lobos539 says: May 29, 2013 10:41 AM

    As a police officer it amazes me when I see anyone choose to drive while intoxicated. It further amazes me that athletes with the cash to hire a driver or grab a taxi, choose to drive drunk and risk loosing a job that pays them crazy amounts of money or possibly kill someone. God gave these guys the talent to earn money playing a game, why risk losing it over something so stupid?

  7. dexterismyhero says: May 29, 2013 10:43 AM

    Goodell’s fault right Saints fans?

  8. fredsingleton says: May 29, 2013 10:45 AM

    When will they learn?

  9. jmagnet28 says: May 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    Who?

  10. michaeljacksonisback says: May 29, 2013 10:46 AM

    That’s real cute joe

  11. goawayeverybody says: May 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    Btw, how can you be arrested for DUI if you are just sleeping in your car?

  12. shaggytoodle says: May 29, 2013 10:49 AM

    I love the fact that we honored the military this last weekend, but I don’t care for the fact that people use it as an excuse to party and forget about the laws.

    I am all for throwing down, but its a bunch of amateurs out there, that don’t drink often then just figure they can hop behind the wheel. Instead of being responsible and getting a ride.

    People need to get their heads’ out of their arses’.

  13. mikethesteelerfan says: May 29, 2013 10:50 AM

    Asleep behind the wheel..?? Dude really?? Call a cab, I am sure it would of not cost what it will cost you now.. !!!

  14. breakingb says: May 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    Morgan, you’re a damn idiot!! You had a great chance to grow this season!!

  15. securb2013 says: May 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Coach Peyton there is a Chad Johnson on line one and a Terrell Owens on line two.

  16. cardsfann1 says: May 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Dumb. Dumb. Dumb…

  17. moeman79 says: May 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    really? when did sleeping it off in you car become a crime?

  18. westampa says: May 29, 2013 10:58 AM

    Asleep at the wheel brings back memories of David Bostons “comeback” stint in Tampa. He was on track to be Gruden’s #1 WR until that GHB episode. Probably one of the greatest NFL DUI videos of all time when he got in a superman stance during his field sobriety.

  19. mdd913 says: May 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    Payton’s not fooling around this year and this dude is drunk during OTA’s with about 7 other guys gunning for his roster spot. Say goodbye Joe.

  20. jimb031 says: May 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    I was enjoying not seeing any Saints on these arrest reports. The only team with a longer streak of not being on the police blotter is the Texans.

  21. mamasaidknockuout37 says: May 29, 2013 11:07 AM

    Just immature youve been blessed and u throw it all away for 1nite of fun thank god noone got hurt

  22. brocattosbasement says: May 29, 2013 11:08 AM

    Without knowing the complete details, (parked or asleep at a trffic signal as some have been) It’s unfortunate for Morgan that asleep behind the wheel is a crime either way. If he had simply slept if off in the passenger or back seat, no crime. At least he was sleeping it off and not driving. Give the kid a break, millions of Americans drink and drive, including some of the haters posting a comment on here.

  23. nirvana504 says: May 29, 2013 11:09 AM

    Who Cares? Who Dat!!

  24. kingcarlbanks says: May 29, 2013 11:10 AM

    Once you get behind the wheel you are considered in operation of said vehicle. Drunk and want to sleep it off in the car? Do it on the passenger side..

  25. rcali says: May 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    You can’t fix stupid.

  26. paulitik74 says: May 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    Did they test him for Vicodin?

  27. icanspeel says: May 29, 2013 11:25 AM

    Pretty much if the keys are in the ignition (Whether the car is on or off) and you are drunk in the drivers seat it is considered a DUI. If he was in the back seat or the keys were nowhere to be found it wouldn’t be a DUI

  28. mobuccsfan says: May 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    I’m surprised the officer commenting on here didn’t highlight/answer the question about how can one get a DUI/DWI if behind the wheel and sleeping. I’m not sure if this is the same throughout but my knowledge is here in Missouri, at least, that even if you are behind the wheel and intoxicated, with keys in ignition but not on or running, you can get slapped with the DUI/DWI charge. While I agree, it was good to try and sleep it off, the better thing to do would of been call a cab, get a DD, hire a limo, something. Or, in this case, you can sleep in your car still–just don’t have keys in the ignition or anywhere near you; pass out in passenger seat or lay down in the back and lock the car up for the night. Still probably could of got a public intoxication at that point, but would of been harder for them to give you a DWI/DUI.

  29. mackcarrington says: May 29, 2013 11:32 AM

    You have to be really messed up to fall asleep behind the wheel. I wonder how he was even able to walk to his car in the first place?

  30. purpleguy says: May 29, 2013 11:34 AM

    On the good side, he wasn’t ripping off pain killers from the team medicine cabinet like his coach.

  31. jakej6 says: May 29, 2013 11:35 AM

    Yes someone can get a DUI for sleeping in their car if their BAC is over the legal limit. If the keys are in the ignition or the car is running, or if the car is on the side of the road, the police/judge has probable cause that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

    I do not know if any of these applied to Morgan, but word of the wise, if you’re going to sleep off your drunkeness, get in the back seat or the passenger seat and make sure your vehicle is in the same location where you were drinking. Also, put your keys in the glove box.

  32. blackbug99 says: May 29, 2013 11:46 AM

    No one said he “Tried” to sleep it off. At .22 (rounding up) he probably passed out behind the wheel.

  33. footballfan says: May 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    Once I came across a guy passed out behind the wheel of his car at a stop light. Just sitting there idling away. Was about 2AM. Scary thought…

    Once I pulled into a bar to have a beer after working an afternoon shift. Parking lot was full of smoke and I thought the building was on fire. Once I opened the car door I realized there was a truck in the lot that was bouncing off of the rev limiter. Walked over and again, guy passed out behind the wheel with his foot firmly planted on the gas pedal. Very scary thought…

    The really scary thought is how many times you hear of people passing out behind the wheel. Glad no one was killed in either incident!

  34. croffman says: May 29, 2013 11:55 AM

    How can you give someone/or arrest someone for being asleep behind his wheel? It doesnt say he was driving. If I pull over and go to sleep, your telling me I can get a ticket for doing the right thing????

  35. dlk47823 says: May 29, 2013 12:19 PM

    Brees is demanding an explanation

  36. louisianafootballfan says: May 29, 2013 12:22 PM

    What an idiot. You rarely see this kind of behavior from a Saints player (que the haters), and I’m sure Sean Payton will have plenty to say. You have to be a moron to drive drunk, and this kid deserves to be punished by the team.

  37. kerrchris65 says: May 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  38. yourignorancespreads says: May 29, 2013 12:41 PM

    Come on haters. One saints player in like 5 years has any kind of trouble with the law and I see posts saying here we go again. It just shows that a lot of people don’t actually read or remember anything good. Just spotlight bad articles to make your self feel correct and better about your choice in what ever team you like. So i dare you to say what team you like in this post but you wont. Because you would get slammed. Saints organization has been a class act for years and GOODELL and his dream to be something bigger then the game an his dirty antics to make sure that he didn’t look stupid when it came to the so-called bounty system so he made sure that he stuck something to the organization even after a judge and the old commissioner ruled them cleared of any evidence in wrong doing. So GOODELL is a joke and If he does not leave office soon he will turn the NFL into a joke as well. And it’s already on the way with his ridiculous rule changes

  39. marcinhouston says: May 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    The article says he was pulled over on the shoulder of Earhart Expressway (a small highway in new orleans with 2 lanes each way that is not usually too busy). This is not great, but is clearly better than continuing to drive. Unless his friend drove and walked away or something, clearly he did drive drunk to get there, but at least he stopped and thought better of it. It was potentially dangerous just to be parked there but at least it just endangered him and other drunks not total innocents mostly. He probably did not realize the legal technicalities about how he would have been better off sleeping in the passenger seat but really it is silly that the law works like this. The problem is that either way he clearly drove drunk to that point, but decided to stop on his own, so its kind of like half a DUI in my mind. I would not put him in the same class as people who kept driving.

  40. ilovefoolsball says: May 29, 2013 12:47 PM

    dexterismyhero says:
    May 29, 2013 10:43 AM
    Goodell’s fault right Saints fans?
    _____
    Nice troll, tool.

  41. genericuser8888 says: May 29, 2013 1:24 PM

    He gets in his car, drives a little ways, realizes he is too drunk to drive, so he pulls over on the side of the road and falls asleep.

    Then, he gets a ticket.

    It sounds to me like he was trying to do the right thing, which is get off the highways.

    Oh well, haters gonna hate. Can’t wait till we roll through town and crush your teams later this season.

  42. racerx1225 says: May 29, 2013 1:29 PM

    He got drunk and went to sleep instead of driving while drunk. How is that a DWI? Ridiculous.

  43. gbmickey says: May 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    Saints have ben a class organization? A so called bounty? What about the missing vicodin? Spare us whoa always me rhetoric. You are so conditioned for making excuses for that franchise you are doing it again with this. Just read some of the previous comments.

  44. jaltreality says: May 29, 2013 1:36 PM

    IAAL. Jakej6 is right in this situation. For most states (and I’ve had clients here in Texas who have run afoul of this rule), the rule is exactly as he says: if you have the keys in the ignition, it’s considered a DUI.

    “genericuser8888 says:
    May 29, 2013 1:24 PM
    He gets in his car, drives a little ways, realizes he is too drunk to drive, so he pulls over on the side of the road and falls asleep.

    Then, he gets a ticket.”

    I had a client who did exactly this. Really great kid, had a few shots at a bar, got into his car, drove 20 meters before he realized he was too drunk. Pulled over and, on the coldest night of the year in Texas, kept his key in so his heater could run. Called 3 cab services, and his girlfriend, but no one was around to pick him up, so he decided to go to sleep. Woken up by a cop and charged with a DUI.

    Now, if he attempted to drive home? Had he been pulled over, he would have received the same charge. But, if he would have made it home without being pulled over, he would have avoided the law entirely. The perverse moral, than, is that it was smarter for him to actually drive then sleep it off. I disagree with this, but it’s what our laws say.

    For those saying that Joe Morgan fell asleep behind the wheel, had he been driving and fallen asleep, it would have been a completely different story. I realize you might not like the Saints, but try to stay objective.

  45. whysomanylosers says: May 29, 2013 1:47 PM

    Sounds like good ole Saints OTAs… they have their own set of rules, nothing to see here.

    And for all you idiots, if you are behind the wheel it is considered DUI/DWI because, get this, you are behind the wheel! Crawl in the back seat and hide the keys.

  46. scomibord says: May 29, 2013 1:53 PM

    If the person is simply seated in the drivers compartment with the keys in his pocket, in the eyes of the law, he is operating a motor vehicle. Or as the DA told me, remove the keys from the ignition and drop them out of the window, or throw them into the backseat!

  47. noring4youstill says: May 29, 2013 1:59 PM

    Cut him. Love him. But cut him

  48. mdd913 says: May 29, 2013 3:29 PM

    gbmickey says: May 29, 2013 1:34 PM

    Saints have ben a class organization? A so called bounty? What about the missing vicodin? Spare us whoa always me rhetoric. You are so conditioned for making excuses for that franchise you are doing it again with this. Just read some of the previous comments.

    —————————————————-

    The only excuses I see here are the ones you need to be coming up in October when when the Saints are running a train on your sorry team and everybody else on the way to another 13 win season. Then you’ll have all the time in the world to talk crap about “those people” and “that city” because you won’t have anything else to do, fool.

  49. xxwhodatxx says: May 29, 2013 3:32 PM

    noring4youstill says:
    May 29, 2013 1:59 PM
    Cut him. Love him. But cut him

    ——–

    And what did you base that insightful opinion on? One run in with the cops? Dude was asleep behind the wheel parked. Not “at the wheel”, technically illegal, yes, should it be? No.

  50. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: May 29, 2013 3:34 PM

    Show me a reset! *points to timer*

  51. chas88 says: May 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    jaltreality says:
    May 29, 2013 1:36 PM
    IAAL. Jakej6 is right in this situation. For most states (and I’ve had clients here in Texas who have run afoul of this rule), the rule is exactly as he says: if you have the keys in the ignition, it’s considered a DUI.

    “genericuser8888 says:
    May 29, 2013 1:24 PM
    He gets in his car, drives a little ways, realizes he is too drunk to drive, so he pulls over on the side of the road and falls asleep.

    Then, he gets a ticket.”

    I had a client who did exactly this. Really great kid, had a few shots at a bar, got into his car, drove 20 meters before he realized he was too drunk. Pulled over and, on the coldest night of the year in Texas, kept his key in so his heater could run. Called 3 cab services, and his girlfriend, but no one was around to pick him up, so he decided to go to sleep. Woken up by a cop and charged with a DUI.

    Now, if he attempted to drive home? Had he been pulled over, he would have received the same charge. But, if he would have made it home without being pulled over, he would have avoided the law entirely. The perverse moral, than, is that it was smarter for him to actually drive then sleep it off. I disagree with this, but it’s what our laws say.

    For those saying that Joe Morgan fell asleep behind the wheel, had he been driving and fallen asleep, it would have been a completely different story. I realize you might not like the Saints, but try to stay objective.
    ———————————————————-

    Here’s the thing about the kid you referred to and the rest of these types of stories. I don’t feel bad for these people that sit in the car with keys/or behind the wheel, even if they are just sleeping it off, and get a ticket. “Oh, I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to drive the car, so I pulled over.” You could have just set something up BEFORE you drank and avoided the whole problem after with the car, or just don’t drink much that night.

  52. lakermetskins says: May 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    I wonder if you gathered 1700 accountants, garbage men, or IT guys, if they would get in the same trouble with the law at the same rate as 1700 professional football players?

    Goodell would say the NFL crime rate is lower.

  53. seaeagle707 says: May 29, 2013 11:06 PM

    Oh when the Saints go sloshing in…………..

    Be merciful mods and delete this. I’d do it myself, but I’m tired at the moment.

    Thanksh.

  54. noring4youstill says: May 30, 2013 6:39 AM

    And what did you base that insightful opinion on? One run in with the cops? Dude was asleep behind the wheel parked. Not “at the wheel”, technically illegal, yes, should it be? No.
    As much bs goes on cut him. Didn’t hesitate when he cut the rookie a few years ago who caught the weed charge during otas.

  55. doubleogator says: May 30, 2013 10:52 AM

    The Drew Brees wants an explanation stopped being funny 6 months ago…

  56. saints25 says: May 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    Any lawyer worth his salt could construct something entirely plausible. For instance, in this day of cell phones and endless media access, Joe Morgan pulled over to have a heated discussion with significant other. During said conversation he decided to down a few shots as the conversation wasn’t very successful. After a lengthy discussion and a few more shots, Mr. Morgan decided it was in the interest of public safety to remain were he was parked until he was sober enough to drive or have a friend come and retrieve him. The trooper did not observe JM driving, so the only thing he can attest to is that he was drunk at the time of his arrival and nothing more. Whatever the statute deems as “driving” will be the hinge. If he is found not to be “driving,” the “no license” should be tossed too. I hope that things work out for Joe.

  57. scomibord says: May 31, 2013 12:03 PM

    In the state of Louisiana, you are deemed driving if you are seated in the drivers compartment with the keys on your person, or in the ignition.

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