Bears' Evan Rodriguez arrested
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears tight end/fullback Evan Rodriguez was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., and charged with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger got into a traffic accident late Wednesday evening, according to Miami Beach police.
According to Miami Beach police officers at the scene, Rodriguez interfered with the officers' investigation of the accident that occurred at the intersection of Sixth Street and Alton Road.
Rodriguez was initially reluctant to provide officers with identification, saying, "For what? I don't need this, I'm an NFL player. I don't need all the media stuff," the report stated.
Rodriguez eventually complied with the officers' request for identification but refused to leave the street and walk over to the sidewalk when instructed by the police to do so. According to the report, Rodriguez repeated, "I don't need this, I'm an NFL player."
Authorities at the scene then said Rodriguez began to raise his voice while officers were performing roadside exercises with other parties involved in the accident, and police noticed that he had "slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and the strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath."
Rodriguez was eventually taken into custody. His bond for the two charges was $1,500.
"We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez. We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation," the team said in a statement.
After a modest rookie campaign lining up at fullback, the expectation was for Rodriguez to have a larger role in the passing game in new coach Marc Trestman's offense.
Calls to Rodriguez's agent were not returned.