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Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington arrested

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Defensive end Cornelius Washington started a summer that will see him vying for more playing time with the Bears by getting arrested.

The Glascock County Sherrif’s Office said , via WDRW-TV, reports that Washington was arrested on Friday night for speeding and driving with a suspended license on Georgia Highway 80. Per the report, he was taken to the McDuffie County jail and there are no further details about Washington’s status.

Washington played two games for the Bears last season after they made him a sixth-round pick out of the University of Georgia. He was suspended for two games during his college career after being arrested for speeding and DUI.

Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen are set as the starting defensive ends in Chicago, leaving Washington, Willie Young, Austen Lane and others to compete for snaps over the summer.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m.: An earlier version of this post listed Israel Idonije among the backup defensive linemen. Idonije was cut last week, apologies for the error.

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27 Responses to “Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington arrested”
  1. aceakking says: Jun 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    Man, everybody wants to be like the Niners and get arrested.

  2. kabasaman says: Jun 23, 2014 3:46 PM

    Great…. Some dudes just don’t get it.

  3. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jun 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Idonije was already cut.

    Washington will get cut regardless. Too many better players. Now maybe he’ll get an early start with another team.

  4. trumb1mj says: Jun 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    ANOTHER arrest? Are you kidding me? The Bears are the least disciplined team in the NFL. Emery and Trestman have absolutely ZERO control over their players. Wow!

  5. ajbeerzynski says: Jun 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Idonije was released last week.

  6. bassplucker says: Jun 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    Idiot. With all the FA DEs Emery brought in this offseason, this guy was hanging by a thread as it was.

    He’s an amazing athlete, but he didn’t show much football intelligence last season and it looks like the field isn’t the only place he isn’t “getting it. “

  7. jazsrt says: Jun 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Can’t fix stupid.

  8. hozay05 says: Jun 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    If ur gonna drive with suspended license atleast go speed limit dummy’s

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2014 4:05 PM

    He had a wild look in his eyes, his speech was accelerated, and he kept repeating “I am the Great Cornelius!”.

  10. rav3nsownste3lers says: Jun 23, 2014 4:07 PM

    And some people call the ravens criminals….

  11. ltapltap says: Jun 23, 2014 4:20 PM

    Does every player in the NFL have a suspended drivers licence? I don’t understand how retarded you have to be to drive with a suspended licence.

  12. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jun 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    Arresting folks for traffic offenses? American jails and prisons are 40% over capacity. Prison industrial complex raking in record profits… Your tax dollars at work!

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jun 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    The Bears addressed the issue, they told Washington that if he was arrested one more time, he would be traded to the Vikings.

    That puts the fear of God into any real NFL player.

  14. billsfanattick says: Jun 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    ….and another one

  15. musicallead says: Jun 23, 2014 4:36 PM

    Of all of the criminal activity that has been belched forth by NFL players over the past, speeding and driving while suspended seem a “tad” innocuous. Stupid none the less but its nothing that doesn’t happen all of the time to non-NFL players.

  16. purpleguy says: Jun 23, 2014 4:55 PM

    Not exactly the crime of the century here. Hell, AP was caught speeding at about 120mph and just got a ticket.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 23, 2014 5:14 PM

    And some people call the ravens criminals….

    Replace some with most and you are correct. Close your eyes think nfl then think criminals … The default will always be the a Ravens not the Bears.

  18. canuckinamerica says: Jun 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    His next job……”Fries with that?”

  19. gpenpilot says: Jun 23, 2014 5:33 PM

    Alot of posts overreacting to what this guy did. If you live in Florida or Virginia you know how easy it is to get your license suspended, and subsequently get in trouble.

    I myself got in a j-walking ticket in Tampa which was extremely petty, ended up not paying it and my license got suspended without my knowledge. I was driving on a two lane road and a traffic cops camera ran my tag from behind and immediately informed the officer that the owner of the cars license is suspended. He did a u turn pulled me over a took me to jail.

    For an unpaid j-walking ticket.

  20. 1952vikefan says: Jun 23, 2014 5:39 PM

    Looks like a long year for poor bear fans

  21. purplecrusher says: Jun 23, 2014 7:00 PM


  22. gforce4all says: Jun 23, 2014 8:40 PM

    Since when do you get arrested for speeding?

  23. larryboodry says: Jun 23, 2014 10:31 PM

    Y’all Heidi fans are cute when you’re delusional.

  24. chuckyk7777 says: Jun 24, 2014 6:13 AM

    Hopefully they try to develop him another year. He should be a good long term back up/rotation guy. Austin lane will be cut soon, Washington makes the team I’d guess.

  25. wggriffiths says: Jun 24, 2014 11:37 AM

    He got a speeding ticket. So what. Licenses get suspended more easily than ever and who has not gotten a speeder? This has nothing to do with anything.

  26. jacksprat57 says: Jun 25, 2014 2:52 AM

    Jun 23, 2014 8:40 PM

    “Since when do you get arrested for speeding?”

    In some States, those who are driving vehicles with out-of-State plates are routinely taken into custody, so as to guarantee the collection of the revenue. Ohio also does this, at least on the Interstates. Experience has taught them that his is the wisest course. The U.S. Constitution severely restricts the ability of States to sue non-residents.

  27. eshadior says: Jun 28, 2014 11:25 PM

    Right, regardless athletes are still human beings, they make mistakes too

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