Trevone Boykin’s present – and future – with the Seattle Seahawks got messy on Monday.
The team issued an unusual statement of disappointment after its backup quarterback was arrested and booked into Dallas County Jail early Monday following an incident in which a car in which he was a passenger crashed over a sidewalk and into a Dallas bar. Eight people were injured, seven were hospitalized. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
The former star at Texas Christian University was processed into jail at 4:43 a.m. Dallas time on charges of possessing less than two ounces of marijuana and investigation of public intoxication, according to Dallas County Jail records. His bond was set at $500. He was still in jail as of Monday afternoon.
“We are aware of the situation involving Trevone Boykin,” the Seahawks wrote in a statement. “We are still gathering information and are disappointed.”
That was a step beyond the usual “we are gathering information and out of respect for the police investigation have no further comment at this time” type of statement the team – most professional sports teams – issue when one of its players is involved in an incident similar to Boykin’s.
Dallas police’s arrest warrant stated Boykin argued with officers when they would not allow him to speak with the driver of the crashed car, who had been placed under arrest.
The warrant stated Boykin was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication because police observed bloodshot eyes, the smell of marijuana on his clothes and alcohol on his breath. Police reported Boykin swayed while he stood. A Gucci clothing bag containing clothing Boykin said was his was found on the back seat. It contained marijuana in the front pocket, according to police.
Last June Boykin pleaded no contest in in Bexar County, Texas, to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He was fined $1,500, required to take anger-management and alcohol-awareness courses and given probation for one year. That incident was widely cited as the reason Boykin didn’t get drafted last year.
Monday’s incident could impact that probation.
And Dallas police will be talking to the NFL. League commissioner Roger Goodell has used broad authority to punish players under a controversial personal-conduct policy enacted in December 2014.
The Dallas police department issued a statement detailing Boykin’s alleged involvement in what it called a “major accident” in its city.
“On March 27, 2017, at about 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Howell Street regarding a major accident,” Dallas police wrote. “After a preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed onto a public sidewalk striking pedestrians and the side of a building (Side Bar) at 2626 Howell Street. Eight individuals were injured in the accident, including the bartender inside the club. The impact of the crash into the building caused bottles of alcohol and a large ice cooler to fall hitting the bartender and causing injury. Seven people were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. The driver, Shabrika Bailey, a 25-year-old female, was arrested for two counts of Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle – Serious Bodily Injury, Felony 3. The right front passenger, Trevone Boykin, 23-year-old male, was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, Misdemeanor C and Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor B…”
The Seahawks, who won’t be on the field again until minicamps begin in May, signed the 23-year-old Boykin last spring as an undrafted rookie free agent. That was months after TCU suspended him for its Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio following his arrest for allegedly striking a police officer after getting thrown out of a bar.
Boykin appeared in five games for the Seahawks as a rookie. He played a larger-than-expected role after starter Russell Wilson sprained his ankle then knee last September. Boykin threw his first career touchdown pass Sept. 25 against San Francisco.
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