Georgia running back Trevor Etienne (1) runs a drill during spring practice in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, March 14, 2024.

Georgia RB Trevor Etienne faces DUI, other charges

Georgia running back Trevor Etienne faces four misdemenaor charges, including driving under the influence, after his arrest Sunday morning.

According to online records, Etienne posted bonds totaling $1,883 and was released from the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 5:27 a.m., about an hour after he was booked.

He also was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane/improper driving on the road and affixing materials that reduce visibility of windows/windshield.

The DUI charge was labeled as “less safe,” which means he can be convicted even if his blood-alcohol content measures below 0.08 percent.

“We are aware of the charges and are currently in the process of gathering additional information,” a university statement read. “This is a pending legal matter and we will not have further comment at this time.”

Etienne, 19, transferred from Florida after the 2023 season. In 24 games over two seasons with the Gators, he ran for 1,472 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 30 receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown.

He is the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne and was projected to start for the Bulldogs when they open the season against Clemson on Aug. 31.

Under Georgia policy, student-athletes convicted of DUI must serve a suspension of at least one game.

This is the latest driving-related issue for Georgia and the first known incident in 2024. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that at least 15 members of the Bulldogs program were arrested or cited for DUI or speeding last year.

On Jan. 15, 2023, offensive lineman Devin Willock and recruiting department staff member Chandler LeCroy were killed in a crash, with their deaths attributed to both alcohol and speeding.

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Nov 16, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Richard Sherman, Thursday Night Football analyst, on set before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman remains jailed on suspicion of DUI, pending court appearance

Former NFL All-Pro Richard Sherman remained jailed Sunday morning in Washington state after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He was taken to King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on Saturday at about 4:30 a.m. local time. Sherman is expected to make a court appearance on Monday, at which point a judge can decide whether to grant bail.

Sherman, 35, was stopped around 2 a.m. on Interstate 405 in the Seattle suburb of Renton for allegedly driving 79 mph in a 60 mph zone, The Seattle Times reported, citing an arrest report.

Per the report, he told Washington State Police troopers that he had consumed two margaritas. While refusing to take a breathalyzer test, he agreed to voluntary tests, and the troopers saw signs that Sherman was under the influence, The Times said.

A member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010a, Sherman was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro defensive back.

Selected in the fifth round by Seattle out of Stanford, he played 11 NFL seasons for the Seahawks (2011-17), San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021). He recorded 37 interceptions, returned three for touchdowns, forced five fumbles and recovered seven while totaling 495 tackles in 144 games (136 starts).

The leader of the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” secondary, he won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seattle over the Denver Broncos in the 2013 season.

Sherman has been an analyst for Amazon Prime Thursday night pregame and postgame shows for two seasons, and he joined Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” talk show in 2023.

He pleaded guilty on March 7, 2022, to first-degree negligent driving, second-degree criminal trespass and speeding in a construction zone in a July 2021 incident in Redmond, Wash., a Seattle suburb. According to media reports, he received a 90-day suspended sentence with two years of monitored supervision, and the two-year period has not expired.

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Aug 19, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Richard Sherman on the Amazon Prime Thursday Night Football set before the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Seahawks great Richard Sherman arrested on suspicion of DUI

Former NFL player and current broadcaster Richard Sherman was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Washington State Patrol said.

Sherman, 35, was booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle at about 4:30 a.m. Pacific time. No other information was made available, according to multiple media reports.

A member of the NFL’s all-decade team for 2010-19, Sherman was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro defensive back.

Selected in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks out of Stanford, he played 11 NFL seasons for the Seahawks (2011-17), San Francisco 49ers (2018-20) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021). He recorded 37 interceptions, returned three for touchdowns, forced five fumbles and recovered seven while totaling 495 tackles in 144 games (136 starts).

He won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seattle over the Denver Broncos in the 2013 season.

Sherman has been an analyst for Amazon Prime Thursday night pregame and postgame shows for two seasons, and he joined Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” sports talk show in 2023.

He pleaded guilty in March 2022 to first-degree negligent driving, second-degree criminal trespass and speeding in a construction zone in a July 2021 incident in Redmond, Wash., a Seattle suburb. According to media reports, he received a 90-day suspended sentence with two years of monitored supervision, and the two-year period has not expired.

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Nov 11, 2023; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Damien Martinez (6) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State’s Damien Martinez out of bowl game after arrest

Oregon State running back Damien Martinez will not play in the team’s upcoming bowl game following his arrest on DUI charges.

“We are aware of the alleged law violations involving Damien Martinez and take these matters very seriously,” athletic director Scott Barnes said in a statement released Thursday night. “Damien will not be participating in the upcoming bowl game and we will continue to gather more information about the investigation.”

Martinez was pulled over for allegedly speeding in Corvallis, Ore., on Wednesday and subsequently cited for DUI and possession of marijuana by a minor.

Martinez addressed his situation in a post on social media Thursday.

“Made a mistake, I am fine, I WAS FINE, I’ll be fine…” Martinez, a sophomore from Lewisville, Texas, wrote.

The No. 20 Beavers were 8-4 in the regular season, and Martinez led them in rushing with 1,185 yards, good for second in the Pac-12. He scored nine touchdowns.

Oregon State will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.

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Apr 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Houston Gamblers head coach Kevin Sumlin argues with the referees during the first half at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland co-OC Kevin Sumlin away from team after DUI charge

Maryland co-offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin is away from the team this week after being booked on driving under the influence charges over the weekend in Florida.

Head coach Mike Locksley also told reporters Tuesday that Sumlin faces unspecified discipline.

Amid Maryland’s bye week, Sumlin was arrested early Saturday morning, per a Hillsborough County (Fla.) police report. He refused a breathalyzer test, pleaded not guilty and waived arraignment.

“We’re aware of the charges. It’s disappointing. As coaches, we have to set the example and model the behavior that we want (from) our players — and we take it very seriously,” Locksley said. “At the same time, I will also say he’s part of our football family, and we’re going to support Kevin.”

The Maryland student newspaper, The Diamondback, was first to report the news of his arrest. Per the report, there was no crash or property damage leading to Sumlin’s arrest.

Sumlin, 59, has served as the head coach of Houston (2008-11), Texas A&M (2012-17) and Arizona (2018-20). He is in his first season at Maryland as the co-OC, the tight ends coach and the associate head coach.

As a college head coach, Sumlin had a career 95-63 record, including 4-3 in bowl games.

Sumlin spent 2022 as the head coach and general manager of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL.

Maryland (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) plays at Northwestern this Saturday.

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Jul 19, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mississippi State player Nathaniel Watson speaks with the media during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Miss. St. LB Nathaniel Watson arrested on suspicion of DUI

Veteran Mississippi State linebacker Nathaniel Watson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday.

“We are aware of the matter and are continuing to gather information,” first-year coach Zach Arnett said in a statement issued Monday. “We do not have further comment at this time.”

He was arrested by campus police.

Watson has played for the Bulldogs since 2018, when he enrolled as a three-star prospect from Maplesville, Ala. Taking advantage of the extra season granted by the NCAA because of the pandemic, he is entering his sixth season at Mississippi State.

In 2022, he recorded 113 tackles, second in the Southeastern Conference behind teammate Jett Johnson. He had a team-leading 12 tackles for loss to go with six sacks.

He made at least 10 tackles in seven games last season, including 17 against Kentucky on Oct. 15.

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NFL Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs III pleads guilty in fatal DUI, faces 3-10 years in prison

Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges stemming from a fiery DUI-related death of a Las Vegas woman and her dog in 2021.

Ruggs, 24, will avoid a trial and is expected to be sentenced to three to 10 years in prison under the terms of his plea arrangement with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty in Clark County District Court to one count DUI resulting in death and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The minimum three-year sentence cannot be reduced using the year-and-a-half that Ruggs has spent on house arrest.

Ruggs faced up to 50 years in prison — minimum of two — had he been convicted at trial.

Ruggs stood accused of causing the death of Tina Tintor and her dog after colliding with her vehicle and propelling it 571 feet, setting it on fire. Tintor and her dog burned to death. A blood draw two hours after the early morning crash on Nov. 2, 2021, revealed Ruggs had a blood-alcohol level of .0.161 — more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.

Police said Ruggs was driving his 2020 Chevrolet Corvette up to 156 mph on a residential street seconds before colliding with Tintor’s Toyota Rav 4. The speed limit in the area was 45 mph.

District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson said in a statement that the charge of driving under the influence resulting in death was “the most serious charge the law allows” when someone dies as the result of a drunken driver’s actions. That charge, the statement said, was depending on the result of a blood draw, which occurred at the hospital.

Ruggs was not administered a field sobriety test after the crash, and his defense attorneys argued that his blood-alcohol test was improperly obtained at the hospital.

“There was virtually no other evidence to prove Ruggs was under the influence,” Wolfson said of the blood test.

“I recognize this outcome is not sufficient to punish Ruggs for the loss the Tintor family has suffered,” the district attorney said. “But there was a legitimate concern that a court would have suppressed the result of the blood draw. We would have lost the felony DUI charge. We couldn’t take that chance. this resolution sends Ruggs to prison for up to 10 years on a felony DUI conviction and brings closure to the Tintor family.”

Tintor’s family members were in the courtroom Wednesday.

“Today, like every day, we remember Tina and Max, and how they were taken from us that fateful night,” the Tintor family said in a statement issued by their attorneys at Naqvi Injury Law. “No sentence will ever bring Tina and Max back, but we hope that everyone learns from this preventable incident so that no other families suffer like we do. We appreciate the efforts of the district attorney’s office to overcome the issues caused by the initial investigation, and we look forward to putting this behind us so that we can focus on honoring the memories of Tina and Max.”

Ruggs and his attorneys declined immediate comment and later released a statement.

“Henry entered his plea today in hopes that it will further the process of healing the wounds caused by the accident,” his attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, said in written comments.

They said they would make an additional statement after sentencing.

Other charges against Ruggs were dismissed under the plea agreement, including felony reckless driving, driving under the influence causing substantial injury to a passenger in his car — his girlfriend Je’nai Kilgo-Washington — and a misdemeanor gun charge stemming from the discovery by police of a loaded handgun in his car. Ruggs agreed to forfeit the gun.

The Raiders released Ruggs one day after the crash. He had 50 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 20 games (19 starts) after being selected No. 12 overall in the 2020 draft out of Alabama.

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Feb 4, 2023; Paradise, NV, USA; The NFL shield logo at midfield of the Pro Bowl Games flag football field at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-NFL cornerback Vontae Davis arrested on DUI suspicion

Vontae Davis, who played in the NFL for three teams from 2009 to 2018, was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence after his car allegedly rear-ended a pickup truck.

Davis’ arrest came early Saturday on the Florida Turnpike in Hollywood, Fla., with the news becoming public Sunday.

Davis, 34, reportedly smelled of alcohol, displaying slurred speech and bloodshot eyes while speaking with the police, the Florida Highway Patrol’s incident report said.

Davis allegedly hit the end of a parked pickup truck on the side of a highway with a flat tire. The truck hit the driver, who was waiting for assistance outside, and he needed to be hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Davis declined a sobriety test.

A cornerback for the Miami Dolphins (2009-11), Indianapolis Colts (2012-17) and Buffalo Bills (2018), Davis was a two-time Pro Bowler but is best remembered for retiring at halftime of the Bills’ Week 2 game in 2018, leaving the stadium after playing in the first half.

Davis recorded 22 interceptions in 121 career games. His brother is former Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.

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Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans OC Todd Downing charged with DUI, speeding after win

Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but head coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

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Sep 10, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Christopher Smith (29) and defensive back Javon Bullard (22) react after a play against the Samford Bulldogs during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia DB Javon Bullard facing DUI charge

Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence and six other misdemeanors.

Bullard was booked at 4:57 a.m. ET and released on bonds totaling $4,250 at 8:30 a.m, according to campus police.

He was charged with DUI under the age of 21; failure to maintain lane/improper driving; improper turning; failure to use headlights; failure to carry or produce a license; holding a wireless device; and furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages as a person under 21.

The sophomore has started all four games for the top-ranked Bulldogs this season, recording seven tackles and one pass breakup. Bullard had three tackles in Saturday’s 39-22 home win Saturday against Kent State.

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