Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez apologized Sunday for what he called "a very poor decision" that led to his second arrest since March on Friday, when Illinois State Police ticketed him for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane change.
"I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred the other night. I want to apologize to the entire Bears organization, my teammates, coaches and Bears fans everywhere. I realize I made a very poor decision. I know that more is expected of me, and that I let a lot of people down that are counting on me," Rodriguez said in a statement.
"I will make positive changes in my life so that this doesn't happen again," he said.
The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop in which police pulled over Rodriguez on I-90 at Hubbard at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday. The Bears released a statement saying they were aware of the arrest.
"We are aware of the reports regarding Evan Rodriguez," the team said. "We are currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the situation."
The latest incident likely significantly jeopardizes Rodriguez's tenure with team, considering he was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., in March for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger was involved in a traffic incident.
Prosecutors eventually dropped those charges, but general manager Phil Emery expressed disappointment about the March incident, and recently made it clear the tight end "was re-educated on my expectations," when the team kicked off offseason work.
A fourth-round pick in 2012 out of Temple, Rodriguez played 12 games as a rookie and started five, contributing four catches for 21 yards.
During voluntary minicamp and organized team activities, the Bears worked Rodriguez at the fullback position, but he figures to play somewhat of a hybrid role as a blocker out of the backfield and as a tight end.