Report: Darrius Heyward-Bey arrested

After showing signs in 2011 that he was capable of having a solid career, Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey reportedly has been charged with drunken driving.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Heyward-Bey was arrested last month on the Bay Bridge and was charged Wednesday with drunken driving stemming from the April 7 incident. He has a May 31 court date.

It is Heyward-Bey’s first known legal trouble since entering the NFL three years ago. He likely will not face an NFL suspension if convicted, but he is subject to being entered in the league’s substance abuse program.

Heyward-Bey, 25, had a solid season in 2011, catching 64 passes for 975 yards after struggling badly in his first two NFL seasons. Heyward-Bey was the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2009.

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Former Oakland star receiver Fred Biletnikoff will consult on football operations on the advisory board for the relaunched USFL.