Apparently if you play running back in the NFL and you wear a purple jersey, you’re probably going to be arrested at some point in your career.
Bernard Pierce is the latest running back to be placed in handcuffs after the 24-year-old was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday morning. According to the police report, an officer stopped Pierce for speeding in a 30 mph zone just before 2 a.m. The officer asked Pierce to submit to a field-sobriety test, which he subsequently failed. He was cuffed and taken into custody.
Pierce has been officially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, exceeding the maximum speed (55 mph in a 30 mph zone) and driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway.
“Off The Books”
To top things off, there’s a chance Pierce could have been charged with attempting to bribe a police officer. According to the police report, Pierce allegedly asked the officer if “the incident could be kept off the books.”
Pierce also was recorded saying, “Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”
The player Pierce was referencing was cornerback Victor Hampton, who was released following his arrest for DUI.
And sure enough, just like Pierce predicted, he was released by the Ravens on Wednesday afternoon.
Purple Running Back Arrests
As we alluded to above, purple running backs have had a tough time staying out of trouble of late. Aside from Pierce, here’s a list of a few of the notable arrests.
- Lorenzo Taliaferro arrested for misdemeanor destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
Related source: ESPN