Monday, April 29, 2013
Rodriguez cleared of wrongdoing
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez has been cleared of any wrongdoing for his role in an incident last month in Miami Beach, Fla. that resulted in the player being arrested following a traffic accident, according to an official in the Miami-Dade County clerk's office.
Rodriguez, a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the accident, allegedly interfered with the Miami Beach police investigation of the crime scene and got charged with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
The two charges were officially dropped on April 12.
“Evan is a fine young man and I had no doubt after meeting with him for the first time that he had committed no crime,” Rodriguez's attorney Ed O'Donnell said. “I'm glad the state of Florida agreed.”
Rodriguez spent a portion of his offseason training in South Florida with Bears' teammates Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Bears general manager Phil Emery referenced Rodriguez's arrest during his pre-draft press conference on April 16.
“I certainly was disappointed in his arrest,” Emery said. “He was re-educated on my expectations.”
The Bears 2012 fourth-round draft choice out of Temple University, Rodriguez had a limited role in the offense as a rookie. He could be used as more of a down-the-field, vertical threat under new head coach Marc Trestman.