Former Jets, Packers Player Muhammad Wilkerson Arrested, Charged with DWI

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 1, 2019

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 16: Muhammad Wilkerson #96 of the Green Bay Packers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game ended in a 29-29 tie. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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NFL defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, who is currently a free agent after spending eight years with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, per Rebecca Rosenberg and Larry Celona of the New York Post.

ABC7 Eyewitness News reported that Wilkerson was pulled over around 3:30 a.m. ET early Saturday morning after police officers spotted him driving through a stop sign on 168th Street and Riverside Drive.

According to Rosenberg and Celona, law enforcement sources told the New York Post that Wilkerson had a blood alcohol level of .09, over the .08 legal limit.

Per court papers, Wilkerson had "watery and bloodshot eyes, had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and had a flushed face." The defensive lineman reportedly told officers that he "had one shot and two beers."

Wilkerson was charged in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday afternoon and released.

The 30th overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft spent seven seasons with the Jets, amassing 405 tackles and 44.5 sacks. New York released Wilkerson in March 2018.

The ex-Temple Owl then signed a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. He played the first three weeks of the year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Wilkerson was named a 2013 and 2015 second-team All-Pro and made the 2015 Pro Bowl.


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