Eric Wright, a cornerback who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was stopped Monday near Los Angeles for driving while intoxicated. Police said Wright was involved in an accident near the Staples Center. The incident took place around 12:20 am local time when his Mercedes SLS hit another vehicle from behind. The condition of the driver was unknown. Wright told police officers he had some drinks earlier that night while at the home of a friend and refused a sobriety test and Breathalyzer test.
Wright was not injured in the accident but officers said he refused to take either one of the tests. He was later booked for felony DUI. His bail was placed at $100,000 and it was not known if he was still in jail or had bailed out. Wright is a veteran of five years and just signed a $37.5 million five-year contract as a free agent for the Buccaneers this past off season after being a Detroit Lion in 2011. While with the Lions last season, he intercepted four passes and defended 16 passes.
Prior to playing with the Detroit Lions for one season, Wright had played for the Cleveland Browns for four seasons. In March of 2004, while attending the University of Southern California, Wright was investigated for suspicion of rape, but charges were never filed due to insufficient evidence. Shortly thereafter, Wright transferred to the University of Nevada Las Vegas.