Bears Rodriguez in trouble again


Chicago Bears TE Evan Rodriguez, the club’s fourth-round selection in the 2012 draft, found himself on the wrong side of the law for the second time this off-season when he was ticketed for DUI.

Illinois State Police charged Rodriguez with DUI at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday on the Kennedy Expressway. near Hubbard Street. State police sources report that Rodriguez’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 — just more than double the legal limit of 0.08. Rodriguez also was charged with speeding and improper lane usage.

The Bears issued the following statement: “We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez.  We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation.” It was another misstep in Rodriguez’s off-season preparation. He was arrested in Miami earlier in the winter. Police charged him with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication. Those charges eventually were dropped.

Rodriguez’s stumbles will be one of new head coach’s Marc Trestman’s first hurdles. General Manager Phil Emery expressed disappointment in Rodriguez’s decision-making following the first incident, and the second-year player from Temple is still an unknown quantity. Do the Bears give him a longer leash or make an example that they won’t tolerate repeated off-field issues.

Rodriguez entered the 2012 NFL draft with a checkered background after transferring to Temple from West Virginia following a series of incidents. The off-season is especially important to him with a new coaching staff and the opportunity to showcase his receiving skills. One wonders if he’ll now have that opportunity in a Bears uniform.

Bear Tracks: The club resumes Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) next week, followed by a mandatory mini-camp June 11-13 that will wrap up workouts until training camp begins in Bourbonnais in July.

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