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Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez arrested in Miami

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:04 p.m. CDT
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Bears' second-year tight end Evan Rodriguez was arrested early Thursday in Miami, according to reports. The Bears said they are aware of the situation. Associated Press photo.

Bears' second-year tight end Evan Rodriguez was arrested Thursday morning for resisting arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication, according to CBS Miami.

Rodriguez, who was in Florida training, was arrested on Miami Beach and booked shortly after 4:30 a.m. Chicago time, according to the report.

Bond for the two charges was set at $1,500.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez," the Bears said in a statement issued Thursday morning. "We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation.”

According to the police report filed, Rodriguez was involved in a traffic accident Wednesday night and began interferring with police officers, screaming at them, "I don't need this. I'm an NFL player. I don't need all the media stuff."

The report stated Rodriguez was a passenger in the car involved the accident. Officers reported that Rodriguez was upset when they asked him for personal information for their report and that he refused to go back on the sidewalk after stepping in the middle of the road following the accident.

Rodriguez had intially left the scene of the accident and returned while the driver was being given a field sobriety test by officers. When officers asked Rodriguez to return to the sidewalk, he refused, saying, "I'm hard-headed like that and I don't have to listen."

Rodriguez was warned that if he continued to interfere, he would be arrested. After sitting down on the sidewalk, he continued to scream at officers.

"Where is the driver of (the other) vehicle, I want to know where he is at," Rodriguez told officers, according to the report. "I got knocked out in the accident and you (expletive) didn't do anything."

Officers wrote in their report that Rodriguez had blood-shot, watery eyes and slurred speech. They also indicated there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Rodriguez was a fourth-round draft pick out of Temple and started four games last season when he made four catches for 21 yards.

Rodriguez transferred to Temple after redshirting at West Virginia. According to reports, Rodriguez was arrested in 2007 for misdemeanor disturbance and misdemeanor trespassing before being arrested for disorderly conduct in 2009.

When the Bears drafted him, Bears general manager Phil Emery acknowledged knowing about Rodriguez's misteps.

"I know he has had past issues," Emery told reporters last year. "It's precisely why we brought him in and it's precisely why we had (Bears running backs coach Tim) Spencer work him out and spend some time with him. Everybody in this building has spent quality time on him.

"He's a very tough, physical football player that we are very excited to have."

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