Tuesday, November 21, 2006
49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant arrested for drunken driving
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio
Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after
his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a
Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of
misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the
influence and resisting arrest, police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said.
An officer entering U.S. Highway 101 saw Bryant speed past and
tried unsuccessfully to catch him, Raffaelli said. He radioed
another officer who pulled over Bryant.
Bryant showed "signs and symptoms" of being drunk, and he was
uncooperative, combative and verbally abusive, Raffaelli said. He
refused to step out of the car, he said.
The officers were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant
in a seated position with his legs straight and his hands cuffed
behind his back, Raffaelli said.
Bryant was booked into the San Mateo County jail early Monday
morning and released a few hours later on his own recognizance. He
is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28, according to San Mateo
County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Williams.
Aaron Salkin, a spokesman for the 49ers, said the team was aware
of the arrest, but declined to comment further.
The arrest came hours after the 49ers recorded their biggest win
of the season, a 20-14 victory over the division-leading Seattle
Bryant signed a four-year, $15 million deal with 49ers in March.
Rumblings about Bryant's testy, prickly nature have followed the
Miami native since his days at Pittsburgh, where he won the
Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top college receiver.
He infamously blew up at Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells
at a preseason practice in 2004, throwing a sweaty jersey at him
during an argument. He took anger management classes and was traded
to Cleveland a few months later.
Last year with the Browns, he set career highs of 69 catches for