The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Hawkeye defensive end Broderick Binns was pulled over by police just before 1 a.m. Friday, June 9 for suspicion of drunk driving after steering his vehicle through a left turn lane.
University Heights Police claim Binns initially denied that he had been drinking but eventually admitted to having had several drinks. According to police, Binns was wearing a bar wristband that indicated he was of legal drinking age despite only being 20 years of age.
He was reported to have watery eyes, smelled of alcohol, and had impaired speech and balance. A preliminary breath test showed Binns had a blood alcohol content of .097.
Binns accounted for six sacks and 10 tackles for loss last season for Iowa, to go along with 62 total tackles. He also accounted for a team-high nine pass breakups and also blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt with seven seconds remaining to help prevent an upset loss to Northern Iowa in 2009.
The defensive end started all 13 games for Iowa in 2009. He was selected to the all-Big Ten third team by Phil Steele, given an honorable mention all-Big Ten, and selected as ESPN.com's Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week against Penn State after a forced fumble in the end zone that resulted in a safety.
Hawkeye Insider's Rob Howe posted a statement from head coach Kirk Ferentz.
“I was very disappointed to learn of the incident involving Broderick Binns. He will, as a result, receive counseling and will attend an educational program. He will also receive some form of suspension and will do community service."
The soft-spoken junior already appears on the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, an honor awarded annually to college football’s top lineman. He is listed as first-team defensive end following spring practice.
This is the fourth alcohol-related incident for an Iowa football player this offseason.
Just three days after a highly-debated 21-only ordinance went into effect in Iowa City, police arrested running back Jewel Hampton and defensive back Jordan Bernstine for multiple alcohol-related offenses on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Wide receiver Don Nordmann was also cited for disorderly house earlier this summer after police responded to a caller complaining of wall-rattling music.