Last Friday afternoon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was pulled over in Los Angeles County and booked on misdemeanor DUI charges after refusing to take a field sobriety test. That was just the beginning of his problems. A few days later, the Buccaneers traded him to the San Francisco 49ers. Tampa Bay obviously wouldn't miss him that much after their addition of Darrelle Revis to the NFL's worst secondary. Joining a Super Bowl contender was a great situation for Wright, as well.
Tampa Bay rid themselves of Wright. Or so they thought. On Monday, the trade was voided by San Fran after Wright failed his physical exam. As a result, the Bucs quickly released Wright.
Maybe he wasn't inebriated. Perhaps, he's just a poor test taker and knows it. You know the type. The kid that graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA, but scored an 800 on the SAT because he was sweating bullets the entire time.
Getting pulled over and asked to walk in a straight line while a traffic cop judges your dexterity can be nerve-wracking. Ask any Olympic gymnast. The only test Wright has passed since getting drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft, was for PEDs last November. The resulting suspension cost him four games and $1.7 million.
Wright's been susceptible to erring off the field since college. Last year, Wright was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (See? Two wrongs do make a Wright). In April, his five year, $7.5 million annual salary was reduced to $1.5 million, but his release nullifies the final three years of that deal. Can't get right, indeed.