Eric Wright Allegedly In DUI Injury Accident

July 2nd, 2012

UPDATE: Wright posted $100,000 bond and was released from L.A. County jail at 1:34 p.m. EST.

Bucs cornerback Eric Wright was charged with a felony count of driving under the influence by Los Angeles police early this morning after he was involved in a wreck in which an injury occurred, per the Los Angeles Times.

Police responded to a report of an injury accident about 12:20 a.m. involving a Chevy Silverado pickup and a Mercedes SLS luxury sports coup at James M. Wood Boulevard and Georgia Street, said Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Wright, who was not hurt, allegedly told officers he had been drinking earlier at a friend’s home in the Hollywood area and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test, Eisenman said. The driver of the truck complained of pain but refused medical treatment.

Officers booked Wright on a felony because the accident involved injury. He was booked into the LAPD’s downtown Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The report gets more disturbing, not just because of this accident. The Los Angeles Times writes in the same article that Wright, who initially played football at Southern Cal, left the school under a cloud of suspicion of rape as Wright was also busted for having 136 Ecstasy pills in his apartment.

The rape charge was dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The Bucs are thin enough at cornerback as it is. Suddenly in a few weeks, the title of “troubled Bucs cornerback” has quickly shifted from Aqib Talib to now Wright.

58 Responses to “Eric Wright Allegedly In DUI Injury Accident”

  1. D Says:

    Awesome. And he’s not even a GOOD corner…

  2. Garv Says:

    Nice start for a player paid a lot of money.
    I’m disgusted.

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    That’s just flippin’ great. So this is what “Buccaneer Men” are? Good grief why can’t these guys stay out of trouble.

  4. Have A Nice Day Says:

    $100,000 bail!? For a car accident!?!?! Ridiculous. Guess I won’t be visiting San Diego anytime soon. Sad, because it is so beautiful.

  5. OptimisTroll Says:

    It is just the old habits hangover from the Lions. Once he starts a game in pewter and red, he will shape up.

  6. Orlandobucfan Says:

    Can take the man out of the lions but not the lions out of the man, I guess.

  7. Paul W. Says:

    Why can’t these athletes just stay out of freaking trouble?!?! This is getting rediculous!

  8. Matthew Says:

    It’s funny how guys sit in front of everyone when they sign these big deals and say how good people they are. I hated this signing when it happened. Over paid for a very avg player. Now it comes out that not only is he a avg player but a shaddy dude. Home was kicked off USC for having E pills and rape! And now hitting a driving drunk… I hope the guy taken 2-3 million out of Wrights pocket for it… Oh wait he won’t be broke after that he still has at least 13 million coming to him

  9. justin Says:


  10. Dini's Biceps Says:

    Rape <—— Felony D.U.I. <——- Way to go G.M. Mark D…….hahaha lmao

  11. Ladyz Says:

    He was only charged with felony because he refused beatholizer and field sobriety. Unless the otherguy has medical attention, I believe his charge will be reduced. He “messed” up. I hope he has this type of behavior out of his system . If the charge is not reduced he will probably get some jail time. I was hoping he would really be a “Buccaneer Man”.

  12. Dylan Says:

    Who cares! This is a relief! It’s not aqib guys woot woot!!! He is our star corner that we truly need. Good thing it seems Greg Schiano got aqib to act like a “buccaneer man” and got to him. If this was aqib this would be bad…. That’s all I’m happy for, go aqib. Staying out of trouble so far and acting like a true professional under Greg Schiano.

  13. Buc Me in the Goat Azz Says:

    [That kind of BS you just wrote is a guaranteed ticket out of here. — Joe.]

  14. TheTaylorPrice Says:

    Leave it to the former Lion to ruin our clean offseason. I like the way things were working out with having Talib back and ready with a determined Ronde still roaming and placing an experienced Wright into the mix… But we payed him entirely too much. Thats the only real negative i have with his signing. Dom will take a lot of heat for this, Eric Wright has to make up for this quickly or he may be the new “villian” to the fans

  15. Andrewbucsfan Says:

    Dinis bicep you suck. I’m sick of hearing your bs every post. It’s annoying to those of us that care about the bucs and believe we’re on the way to a positive future. Keep your annoying thoughts to yourself. IMO although duis are not smart and are wreckless,if he’s on the field contributing I’m not concerned over it

  16. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Great signing RockStar! Another monumental failure from the debacle that is DomDom!

    This guy wastes more money than the federal government.

  17. Nick Says:

    “Eazy E were you ever caught slippin’?”

    “Yes, yes I have”

  18. Jimmy Says:

    And… your new Bucs starting cornerback is….

    … drum roll…

    E. J. Biggers!

  19. NJBucsFan Says:

    Is he related to Jeremy Stevans? Rape…DUI…. Pretty awesome

  20. NJBucsFan Says:


  21. jb Says:

    Just cut him NOW! Who’s bright idea was it to give this joker a $30 million plus contract? I am getting so sick of reading about the MORONS on this team that don’t have the common sense God gave a flea!

  22. Tommy Boy Says:

    Nothing alleged about this. He is an alleged good corner who definitely is not proving to be a Buccaneer Man.

  23. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    It sounds like the ONLY reason he was suspected of rape was because he had the Ecstasy. That doesn’t make him a rapist. He could have gotten the NFL to drive him home…oh wait, that program has been nerfed.

  24. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Here’s some brought news…we’ll have our top two cornerbacks suspended at the start of the season.

  25. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Now we can have a batterer manning one corner and a rapist on the other. Great.

    Still waiting for Joe’s article concluding that the witness and police are merely trying to “shake down” the epitome of morality, Aqib Talib errrrrr Erick Wright.

  26. Ian P. Says:

    This is clearly Raheem Morris’ fault.
    -Mark Dominik

  27. Steve From Oregon Says:

    I know that we need him starting from Day 1, but I really hope the BUCS take the initiative and drop the hammer on him before the NFL does.

    Show every other team how it should be done when somebody risks themselves and other peoples lives.

  28. Joe Says:


    Still waiting for Joe’s article concluding that the witness and police are merely trying to “shake down” the epitome of morality, Aqib Talib errrrrr Erick Wright.

    Happy hour came early today, huh? 🙂

  29. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    When did Barron cause a fist fight?

  30. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Thomas jumped on the Williams DUI as well.

  31. Big Rob Says:

    “He could have gotten the NFL to drive him home…oh wait, that program has been nerfed.”

    I thought I read that it was not nerfed, but handed to the players union to operate it over concerns the players had that the NFL would use it against them.

  32. Joe Says:

    Big Rob:

    I thought I read that it was not nerfed, but handed to the players union to operate it over concerns the players had that the NFL would use it against them.

    Yeah, like the NFL won’t use (allegedly) DUI injury-wrecks against them. :::rolleyes:::

  33. Andrew Says:

    his clean slate is gone and needs to be punished severely. we cant cut him because we just gave him a big contract but he needs to go to the dog house for a while. if that means not starting than fine. Its time for Schiano to follow through with his disciplinary actions. he made statements by cutting players but now its time to dish out some punishment.

    I to was not thrilled about his signing. it seemed like a desperate move to throw all that money at an avg cornerbacks way. but we did need to upgrade the cb spot.

  34. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    So he just isn’t a scrub CB that was overpaid like a star, but he is a scrub CB with character flaws that got overpaid like a star.

  35. OB Says:

    With the money these troops are making, they could pay someone $50 to 75K a year just to drive them around and do chores for them, like pick up things. He will lose some in court, but I hope they fine him a ton for stupidity. Plus if his driver’s license is from CA, I believe he just lost all driving for at least six months for refusing the tests.

  36. Eric Says:

    136 pills don’t sound good. Have to discount the rape charge in fairness since it was dropped.

    Amazing how these guys just don’t appreciate the opportunity they have.

    A little dose of the real world would do, but then it’s too late.

  37. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’d like to see the arrest video………….. on World’s Dumbest.

    He may have done well by skipping all the tests, but he’ll need a driver for sure now. Suspension

    Tanya Harding & Danny Bonadouchebag will be all over this.

  38. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Wrong advertisement overload:

    15.5 million is guaranteed, can’t cut him without owing that $.

    Great job rock star, either he knew about the 136 ecstasy pills or he didn’t -either way very neglectful. I guess that signing is 85% RahRah’s fault?

  39. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This really sucks. It’s been over a year since any Buc had been arrested, and I was afraid we were due.

    However, I find it comical that some are blaming Dominik for this, as if he gave Wright the liquor and told him to go joy riding. Those same people weren’t complaining when we signed him as a free agent. Other than the issue at USC (which by the way, none of us know any of the details of), he hasn’t had any off the field issues. I guess it’s my fault if any of my employees get a DUI too, right? People make mistakes, and assuming he’s guilty, Wright deserves to be punished. But it’s stupid to cut him, and even more stupid to blame Dominik for it. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Wright.

  40. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Hawaiian is probably one of the faction believing that DomDom should offer Talib a big money substantially guaranteed contract if Talib has a good year – of course gambling that he is reformed. Lol

  41. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    You guys are awesome Joe, so on top of all things Sports!
    This story just broke, and here it is, all broken down for us!
    I truly feel sorry for any town that does not have a JBF.Com

    (You may want to consider franchise opportunities:)

  42. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Is putting false words in my mouth the best you can do to criticize me? That seems like a convenient way to ignore the facts. Then again, that’s pretty much how you do things.

  43. upthegut Says:

    It would seem likely that his contract, like most, has a “behavior” clause.
    It could be that he is in technical violation of his contract thereby putting his payout at risk.
    On the other hand if said contact does not contain such a clause, a certain rock star better be looking at the “help wanted ads”

  44. RustyRhino Says:

    Yeah Thomas 2.2 lets just let Talib play out his contract and sign someplace else right? he is a bum…

    What if one or more of his suitors are from the NFC South, then we lose him to a divisional opponent. Where he “might” screw up again. Or he might not and we will have to play against him 2 times a year. No he is not a perfect person, but please name me someone who is perfect… Excluding yourself of course Thomas…

    Agree totally Hawaian.. Stand up and be accountable for your own actions..

  45. Garv Says:

    This is a new deal, a fresh start with a new HC.
    No WAY this guy should have been signed for that much money.

    Cut him NOW, BEFORE training camp even starts and forget about it.

    We are NOT the Lions, show the team and the fans that truth.

    I’m disappointed and now disgusted after reading about this guy’s past. Driving DRUNK cannot be tolerated like it is in Detroit.

    Buccaneers in 2012?

    Can’t WAIT!!!

  46. MOBucs Says:

    It’s called personal responsibility folks. Can’t blame anybody but Wright for this. There’s no way he gets cut because of the contract, but Schiano and Co. come down on him hard is my guess.

  47. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    He’s got too much guaranteed money to be cut. This is a business, and good business men don’t throw away money like that. I’m just as disappointed as the next man and believe he should be and will be punished, but he’s not going to get cut.

  48. Garv Says:


    I know that may be the reality, but maybe there WAS a clause in there concerning DRIVING DRUNK.
    This guy has a history, is not near an All Pro and could be a distraction.
    I admit to being rather angry about this and you’re probably right but I would not be at all disappointed if they DID cut him. Unbelievable,

    Buccaneers in 2012?

    Can’t WAIT!!!

  49. Oahubuc Says:

    Lots of good guys get DUIs, but this guy makes more sitting on the john than I do in a year and I have to make arrangements if I’ve got a buzz. What a moron. And to admit drinking but not take a test. I know Schiano will smack him down.

  50. Thomas2.2 Says:

    After no problem letting Talib, or rah or THC or Winslow, going to any division or non-division opponent. Talib will reoffend and that will hurt someone else, not to mention that Talib hasn’t been very good as if late.

    I wouldn’t contractually guarantee Talib free dry cleaning.

  51. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Can I get a translation from anyone who understands what Thomas is typing. Perhaps 2.2 was doing some partying with Wright last night.

  52. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Yeah, I gotcha. I highly doubt there was a clause in his contract, since he really hasn’t had any off the field problems. Again, charges were dropped in the USC incident, and none of us know what really happened. To pretend as if we do is way too Thomas-like for my taste. Another reality is that we are still fairly thin at the CB position, especially if Talib gets any sort of a suspension (which I still don’t think he will but you never know with the warden). Although he may not be great, he’s still probably the second best CB we have on the team (since Ronde’s no longer a CB). It’s tough to get rid of a starter on a position that we are not very deep at. I wouldn’t cry if we cut him either, but I probably would cry if we cut him and his replacement (we all know who that will be) gets torched for 150 yards per game.

  53. CaliBucFan Says:

    Not that this changes the situation, excuses Wright’s alleged douchebaggery, but as a native of LA, I had to look up Georgia Street on google maps. Georgia Street and James M Wood Blvd never intersect so I’m guessing the spokesperson misspoke.

    Georgia Street is a tiny street south of the 110/10 interchange which is non-continuous, and starts again north of Venice Blvd for about 200 yards until it becomes Convention Center Drive (which also splits into different streets). The whole street spans about 4 blocks.

    James M Wood Blvd is about 1.5 miles north of the end of Georgia Street.

    Georgia Street:,+Los+Angeles,+CA&hl=en&ll=34.036551,-118.27368&spn=0.006384,0.009409&sll=34.046145,-118.277155&sspn=0.025531,0.037637&oq=georgia+,+los+angeles,+ca&hnear=Georgia+St,+Los+Angeles,+California+90015&t=m&z=17

  54. Garv Says:


    LOL Yeah, I’d be crying too…..about the getting torched part.
    More WILL be revealed and I am prone to trusting Schiano.
    This is a disappointment and I do not understand why it keeps happening to people who can well afford to be driven again and again and again.
    I do NOT like the Lion connection either.

    But like I typed, this is a case for Coach Schiano to handle, NOT an angry message board poster….

    Buccaneers in 2012?

    Can’t WAIT!!!

  55. Greg Says:

    Maybe hell straighten up once he gets to work with a veteren like Aqib Talib. Oh wait!

  56. Patrick Says:

    Thomas are you drunk?

  57. BigBear Says:

    I may have missed something and please correct me if I have. But he was charged because he refused to take a field sobriety test and therefore the Police must book him with this charge no matter how much alcohol was in his system. Is it possible that he was tested upon going to jail? Or can he fight this on the fact that there is no physical evidence?

  58. Steven Says:

    $100,000 ?????????????? seriously? You know how long normal people have to save to have that much cash… that makes me sick the way he f**cks and then wastes 100k just like that.