Less than a week after he was selected by the Cleveland Browns, defensive end Armonty Bryant was busted for drunken driving.
According to ESPN, the 263-pound rookie lineman was arrested in Oklahoma on a DUI violation at 3:45 am Friday.
After pulling Bryant over, police reportedly attempted to administered a standard field sobriety test but had problems getting him to comply with a breathalyzer test. When Bryant finally submitted to the test he produced a result of 0.098.
Oklahoma’s legal limit for intoxication is 0.08.
“We are aware of the incident and are now in the process of collecting more information,” Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said in a statement.”We will not have any further comment.”
Friday’s DUI incident wasn’t Bryant’s first run-in with the law.
In 2012 the East Central University product was suspended for three games after twice being arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover agent in a school zone.
He pleaded no contest in October and was given a five-year deferred sentence with two years of supervised probation.
Despite his tainted past, Bryant, the 217th overall pick, assured reporters during his draft day conference call that he was a changed man.
“Good people make mistakes, is something that I’ve always been told by my head coach,” Bryant said. “I feel like it was just a stupid move on my part. I should have been more mature about the situation and be more focused on football, which is something I really want to do with my life. Now that I’ve gotten that second chance, I feel like I won’t let anyone down. I won’t let myself, the people around me or the Cleveland Browns down. I appreciate them for taking this chance on me.”
Following his arrest, Bryant posted $500 bail and was released from the Pontotoc County Justice Center at 10:30 am Friday.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.