Aug 19, 2011; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions running back Eric Wright (21) stretches before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Bucs Eric Wright Exonerated, DUI Charges Dropped


Well folks, the master law evader has done it again it seems. a few weeks after being arrested and booked on DUI charges after a crash in downtown Los Angeles, Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright has had all charges against him dropped.

“On July 1, my client Eric Wright was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles and was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Today, I am pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County District Attorney has reviewed the facts and decided not to file any charges.  Therefore, no charges at all will be filed against Eric.  Eric is glad this is behind him and is eager to begin training camp at the end of the month.”

- Wright’s lawyer, Jeremy I. Lessem

This isn’t the first time Wright has miraculously avoided charges. In 2004 when at USC, Wright was arrested and booked for rape. Police also found close to 30 ecstasy pills in his apartment but it was ultimately decided upon that Wright was innocent of all charges and the case went no further.

It’s interesting to note that when this story broke, it was splashed with headlines accusing Wright of drunk driving. One thing this case does is perform a study of how sensational the media tends to be. Wright was never charged with a DUI, he was merely booked. And more importantly, Wright never took a breathalyzer test until after the story broke so his blood alcohol level was never initially determined.

However he did eventually take a full chemical test that showed he wasn’t drunk and this test is what ultimately exonerated Wright.

Wright did admit to having drinks prior but we never knew the actual amount he consumed.

Now this isn’t a defense of Wright’s actions, rather it’s a criticism of sensationalism. ESPN plastered the story in their right hand hub. When the charges were dropped — as Mike Florio put it– the story is a footnote.

But now the Bucs have something different to worry about. Roger Goodell has a very strict zero tolerance policy. He also has a repeat offender in the same secondary as Wright and may take this as an opportunity to continue sending a message to Talib — who has only been suspended one game his entire career despite his off-field actions– that even if the charges are dropped, it’s not cool you were in that situation.

The Buccaneers and Greg Schiano have not commented on the case since the accident happened at the beginning of July.

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