Early Tuesday morning, NFL wide receive Roddy White was arrested by the Gwinnett County Police. Unlike other NFL arrests in 2013 and 2014, this one does not involve drugs or violence. Fortunately for fans of the Atlanta Falcons and for Roddy White himself, the reason for the arrest is quite minor.
At a little after 3:00 am Tuesday morning, Gwinnett County police pulled Roddy White over for traveling 75 mph in a 65 mph zone along I-85. Upon running White's credentials, police discovered that White had an outstanding warrant for “non-transparent material on windows,” an offense for which White failed to appear in court. Due to his negligence, White was booked at the Gwinnett County Jail around 4:30 am Tuesday morning and was promptly released after posting the $168 bail and spending a whopping 90 minutes in the slammer.
While one can expect that this incident will carry no fine or punishment from the NFL or the Falcons, Atlanta released a statement this morning in which they declined to comment on the issue: “We are aware of the incident involving Roddy White. We anticipate this will be resolved shortly and we will have no further comment at this time.”
White is currently in his 9th season in the NFL after being chosen by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2005 draft. Thus far in his career, White has proven to be an important fixture of the explosive Atlanta offense, racking up nearly 10,000 yards and 55 touchdowns. White has been selected to play in 4 Pro Bowls and led the NFL in receptions in 2010. This past season, however, White's performance was hampered by injury and as a result the Falcons' wide receiver caught only 63 passes for a total of 711 yards and 3 touchdowns
Fortunately for White, his misfortune may be overshadowed by news generated from fellow teammate and now former NFL player Tony Gonzalez. The former Falcon and arguably best tight-end of all time cemented his departure from the NFL Tuesday as he signed a contract with CBS to become an analyst on The NFL Today and other pre- and post-game shows for the network.
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