Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been found guilty in his DUI case, according to the ESPN Radio affiliate in Washington, D.C. He was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence and a $300 fine.
#Redskins Brandon Meriweather's DUI case has been resolved, ESPN 980 has learned. He was found guilty, 180 jail sentence, all SUSP,Fine $300— ESPN 980 (@ESPNRadio980) July 25, 2012
It dates back to an incident in April, when Meriweather was arrested in Arlington County, according to a report from ARLNow.com. He was pulled over by police for speeding and proceeded to fail a sobriety test. He didn't take a breathalyzer test.
It came just over one month after he agreed to a two-year contract with the Redskins. He was expected to compete for the starting strong safety job. Head coach Mike Shanahan will now have to decide if that will remain the case heading into training camp.
Meriweather hadn't been involved in off-field problems in the past, so it's unclear whether the NFL will levy any type of punishment of its own. Commissioner Roger Goodell has cracked down on player conduct in recent seasons.
Regardless, it's certainly not the way he wanted to start his tenure in Washington. He was plagued by inconsistency during his time with the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears but was given a fresh chance by the Redskins.
It's paramount that he stays out of the spotlight if he wants to bounce back from the situation. Meriweather probably doesn't have many NFL opportunities left, so he really needs to make sure he takes full advantage of this one.
The Redskins will begin training camp on Thursday with an open practice. No word has been given on Meriweather's availability.
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