Seahawks backup quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested and booked into Dallas County Jail early Monday after a car in which he was reportedly a passenger crashed over a sidewalk and into a Texas bar, injuring eight people.
The former star at nearby Texas Christian University was booked into jail at 4:43 a.m. Dallas time on charges of possessing less than two ounces of marijuana and investigation of public intoxication, according to jail records. His bond was set at $500. He was released from jail Monday evening.
“We are aware of the situation involving Trevone Boykin,” the Seahawks wrote in a statement issued Monday morning. “We are still gathering information and are disappointed.”
That statement is a step beyond the usual “we are gathering information and out of respect for the police investigation have no further comment at this time” type of statement the team -- most professional sports teams -- issue when one of its players is involved in an incident similar to Boykin’s.
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The Dallas police department issued the following statement detailing Boykin’s alleged involvement in what it called a “major accident” in its city:
“On March 27, 2017, at about 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Howell Street regarding a major accident. After a preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed onto a public sidewalk striking pedestrians and the side of a building (Side Bar) at 2626 Howell Street. Eight individuals were injured in the accident, including the bartender inside the club. The impact of the crash into the building caused bottles of alcohol and a large ice cooler to fall hitting the bartender and causing injury. Seven people were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. The driver, Shabrika Bailey, a 25-year-old female, was arrested for two counts of Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle – Serious Bodily Injury, Felony 3. The right front passenger, Trevone Boykin, 23-year-old male, was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, Misdemeanor C and Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor B...”
Fox 4 television reported police suspect Bailey was drunk and Boykin was in the passenger seat when she pulled out of a parking garage and suddenly backed into the front of the building.
None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
The Seahawks, who won’t be on the field again until minicamps begin in May, signed the 23-year-old Boykin last spring as an undrafted rookie free agent. That was months after TCU suspended him for its Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio following his arrest for allegedly striking a police officer after getting thrown out of a bar.
Last June he pleaded no contest in in Bexar County, Texas, to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He was fined $1,500, required to take anger-management and alcohol-awareness courses and given probation for one year.
Monday’s incident could mean that San Antonio charge may not be stricken from his record, among other implications. Dallas police will be talking to the NFL.
League commissioner Roger Goodell has used broad authority to punish players according to a controversial personal-conduct policy enacted in December 2014. An arbitrator upheld provisions of and punishment under the policy last April.
Boykin appeared in five games for the Seahawks as a rookie. He got larger-than-expected role after starter Russell Wilson sprained his ankle then knee last September. Boykin threw his first career touchdown pass Sept. 25 against San Francisco, the game in which Wilson got a high-ankle sprain.
Boykin enters this offseason remaining Seattle’s No. 2 quarterback.
He also now may be entering a league investigation under its personal-conduct policy.
"It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful," the NFL’s conduct policy states. "If you are convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding (as defined in this Policy), you are subject to discipline. But even if your conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, if the league finds that you have engaged in any of the following conduct, you will be subject to discipline..."
Two of those conducts subsequently listed are "illegal possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or drugs" and "conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel."