Did the Niners know about Eric Wright’s arrest?

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The 49ers once again have a defensive back named Eric Wright.  But in the wake of the move that sent the well-traveled second-round pick (who also has played for the Browns and Lions) from Tampa to San Francisco, an intriguing question has emerged.

Did the 49ers know Wright had been arrested on July 12 for suspicion of DUI?

The 49ers have not yet responded to an email seeking comment on the issue, but the timeline seems curious, to say the least.  Reports of the arrest didn’t emerge until after Wright was traded, prompting speculation that someone from the Buccaneers organization explained the decision to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times by pointing out that Wright, who was essentially on double-secret probation with the Bucs, had been arrested.

Already, the league is buzzing with speculation that the Niners didn’t know.  Still, it would be a no-harm, no-foul situation, if the conditional draft pick the Bucs would for Wright depends on Wright making it on to the San Fran 53-man roster.  The 49ers could simply say they were duped and cut Wright, owing him and the Bucs nothing.  (Or the 49ers could simply determine that Wright failed his physical.)

If the 49ers knew about and/or aren’t troubled by the news that Wright, who has had multiple off-field issues during his post-high school football career, has been arrested for suspicion of DUI a year after being arrested for DUI and having the charges dropped, Wright and veteran Nnamdi Asomugha could end up competing for the same roster spot.  Though Wright could emerge as the better player, Asomugha clearly is the better person.

That’s an important point the the 49ers to consider as they attempt to build a championship-caliber team, and as the roster quietly harbors an alarming number of players who have a knack for finding trouble away from the gridiron.

33 responses to “Did the Niners know about Eric Wright’s arrest?

  1. it’s become abundantly clear that as long as you don’t murder someone in cold blood, the NFL and its teams’ front offices are willing to look the other way.

  2. “And as the roster quietly harbors an alarming number of players who have a knack for finding trouble away from the gridiron.”

    What an absurd comment. The 49ers have one of the better locker rooms in the NFL and it is commanded by guys like Patrick Willis, Ray McDonald, and Justin Smith. Not to mention Anquan Boldin, Frank Gore, and Joe Staley.

  3. I love the 49ers, but sad to say, he will fit right in. The 49ers have had many DUI’s in the last couple years. Not to mention Ahmad Brooks smashing a bottle over the head of a practice squad player for not giving him his keys after he was drinking. At least were not the Seadderall Cheathawks. Not that drunk driving is cool.

  4. Heck!!! I live in Tampa and listen to local sports talk radio all day at work and didn’t know. Not really surprised though.

  5. Obviously they didn’t know about a pending case because that’s exactly what it is, a pending case, not a conviction.

    Hindsight, I’d like you to meet “just got kicked in the @ss”…

  6. The first E. Wright in SF was one of the best CBs of his era until he tore an abdominal muscle and was never the same. Shame. Look at any old tapes of the Super Bowl win over Marino or the entire 1985 season. He was awesome. One of my all-time fave Niners. The second E. Wright is insurance in case N.A. is truly at the end of the line. No way the draft pick is very high so you might as well make the deal. Even if he gets suspended for like 2-4 games he can help out later. They went through this last year with Hagans and it worked out OK.

  7. Just reiterating my comments again from earlier today that I love the deal for the Bucs and don’t like it for the 49ers. Eric Wright just is not a great football man; period.

  8. Ok, I’ll bite. What’s the difference between suspicion of DUI and just a plain ol’ DUI arrest?

    Did he not have to blow into the tube like the rest of us so they were just suspicious of his DUI?

    No doubt if that information would have been known prior to the trade, the Lion’s would have been interested again.

  9. An alarming number? I come up with four at the most who were actually in some LEGITIMATE predicament . . . including Aldon Smith.

  10. Wright better corner than Nnamdi??.. even on Nnamdi’s bad day he will smoke Wright. Wright is still to chasing Boldin’s shadow.

  11. That’s quite a catalog of Turd Teams. The Browns and the Lions are the Gold Standard, but Schiano’s Bucs are closing in with some of their moves.

    Now Frisco Harbaugh will try and spin this DUI guy into a positive. Your Defensive Backfield must really be a question mark…..if the answer is Eric Wright.

  12. Jim Harbaugh, five weeks ago:

    “Play by the rules. You want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, since I was a little kid.

    We want to be a above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. If you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.”

    I guess Bo is the forgiving sort when it comes to PEDs and DUIs…

  13. I really like this move now. The guy has had nothing but problems. Good riddance. TB is rebuilding their culture and I must say that I like how they are doing it.

  14. of course they knew,how could they not.
    every arrest is reported every where you turn.
    he also has been suspended for peds.
    …but jim i thought you didn’t like cheaters???????????
    typical 49er Hippocrates.
    i hope there’s a huge earthquake and that whole friggin state breaks off our continent and drifts quietly away on the pacific ocean never to be heard from again!!!!!!

    oh and GO HAWKS

  15. @onebucplace says: Jul 19, 2013 6:56 PM

    I don’t care if the Bucs knew or not, we’re still hurting over giving away Steve Young to the 49ers.
    Was Young that good or was it the team around him??

  16. Not a real fan of this move at this point. Even if the Niners cut him and lose nothing, they still have to deal with the bad press. The talent does not add up to the negatives right now.

  17. I love that someone compared to the Hawks just because. Lol.

    God knows taking a legal prescription drug is farrrrrrr worse than getting drunk and piloting a 1 ton bullet. Lol. 9ers fans are awesome.

  18. Of course the 49ers knew. If you intentionally hide this sort of information and screw somebody, nobody is ever going to trade with you again; it’s effectively career suicide as a GM. Nobody is going to risk that much for a schlub like Eric Wright.

  19. Lets not forget this was another quality draft pick by the Cleveland browns. Couldn’t even tell you which GM as they change GMs like people change underwear.

  20. You just had to use a picture of him in a Lions jersey didn’t you?
    Thank you for at least being obvious about your bias and not trying to hide it.

  21. I’m skeptical. What does he bring to the Niners secondary? NA and Rogers on one side with Culliver or Brown covering the slot and Cox when we need him seems pretty solid. This guy is just trouble and can he even compete with the other DBs? I think he is #6 on depth chart. Whatever tho in Harbalkee I trust!

    By the way I can’t wait to beat down the Seadderall Chickenhawks!!! 49er Faithful

  22. Clearly the better person, eh? Just how well does the writer here know either of those players. Tell you what, I want a list of all sports writers who have ever been arrested. Better yet, let’s follow the media around and report every time one of them gets drunk and makes a spectacle of them self; bet we’ll be doing a lot of reporting. Hey, got to make sure the sports literature I’m reading is being spewed forth by morally upright folk.

  23. @onebucplace says: Jul 19, 2013 6:56 PM

    I don’t care if the Bucs knew or not, we’re still hurting over giving away Steve Young to the 49ers.
    Was Young that good or was it the team around him??

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    Canton, Ohio votes the former

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