Denard Robinson Comments on Car Accident Incident, Interaction with Police

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson gains yardage in a scrimmage during NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was the driver in a one-car accident July 3, when his car was found in a retention pond in Jacksonville, Florida. He offered his first comments to the media on the incident Thursday, per Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.

“If that was the case, I would have had a DUI,” the former Michigan Wolverines star said, stressing he was not under the influence and instead fell asleep at a stoplight in the early morning.

The police report noted Robinson’s car was on the wrong side of the road and slowly made its way into the pond after 4 a.m. ET. Robinson and his passenger—who he said was his cousin—were unhurt, but DiRocco noted police had to tell the sleeping running back his car was in the pond multiple times in an effort to convince him to move.

Robinson discussed the accident and his fortune, per DiRocco:

I feel blessed. It could have been a situation where I couldn't be talking to y'all right now. The situation could have been way worse than that. I could have hurt somebody or killed somebody. I'm truly blessed that nothing happened to nobody. I came off [with] no harm, no scratches or nothing. The passenger [wasn't hurt either].

Robinson tweeted similar thankful thoughts after the accident:

Denard Robinson @DenardX


According to DiRocco, the police report said alcohol and drug tests weren’t given to Robinson when he was found after an officer screened the running back and decided he shouldn’t be charged with driving under the influence.

For his part, Robinson said he was tested and commented on the contradiction, per DiRocco: “You read what you read. I don’t want to go against it. I don’t want to say nothing against nobody. I talked to the police already, so it’s something that I don’t really too much care about talking about.”

Police chose not to cite Robinson when they found him July 3, but DiRocco wrote that Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams started an investigation (which is still ongoing) into the officers who responded to the incident. Robinson was given a citation for careless driving July 14, 11 days after the accident occurred.

Robinson entered the league as a fifth-round draft pick in 2013. He ran for 266 yards and a touchdown on 67 carries last season, which was a step down from his 2014 campaign, when he tallied 582 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He has played for the Jaguars for his entire career.


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