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Former USC Trojan Busted For DUI

Posted on July 2, 2012

USC has a major public relations problem that won’t go away. Earlier this year, two international students from China were viciously murdered. Two years ago, the NCAA imposed strict sanctions on USC’s famed football program. The Trojans were stripped of its 2004 national championship victory and forced to vacate its entire 2005 season. As if that wasn’t bad enough, USC was barred from postseason play for two years – a ban that will be lifted this season. In addition, Reggie Bush surrendered his Heisman Trophy (O.J. Simpson murdered two innocent people and even he got to keep his Heisman!) and disgraced USC. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, another former Trojan has tarnished the reputation of one of the finest universities in the world.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence near the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles early Monday after being involved in an injury accident.

English: Joe McKnight (fallen in end-zone) sco...

English: Joe McKnight (fallen in end-zone) scores the first touchdown of the 2007 UCLA-USC rivalry game. The UCLA Bruins visit the USC Trojans at the L.A. Coliseum; USC would win, 24-7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 an injury. He was booked into the LAPD’s Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The incident Monday is not Wright’s first scrape with the law.

The former USC starter transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005 amid possible disciplinary action by the school after an arrest on suspicion of rape. Police said they later found 136 Ecstasy pills in his apartment.

But Los Angeles County prosecutors, citing insufficient evidence, did not file charges.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback recently signed a contract with the Buccaneers worth more than $37 million after stints with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

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