The Detroit Lions’ tumultuous offseason added another chapter over the weekend, as projected starting cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested in Pennsylvania on suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges, Tom Leyden of WXYZ reported.
According to Leyden, Berry was arrested at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning after the car he was driving near the Hilton Harrisonburg Hotel hit multiple parked cars. Berry then allegedly exited his car and tried to walk away from the scene, but was followed by a witness, who called police.
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According to a source, Berry was not cooperative when asked for personal information during the booking process and also refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.
Berry was issued a series of summonses for the charges and was released. He is awaiting arraignment.
“I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization, Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend,” Berry said in a statement released by Paradigm Sports Management, which represents the Lions’ cornerback. “This is not the example I want to set for young people and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me.”
Berry is the fourth Lions player to be arrested since the team’s 2011 season ended with a playoff loss to the Saints. Johnny Culbreath, a 2011 seventh-round draft pick, was charged with marijuana possession in January, and both Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure have been arrested multiple times this offseason.
The Lions issued the following statement on the situation: “We are extremely disappointed in the reports involving Aaron Berry and the incident in Pennsylvania this past weekend. This is not the standard of behavior we expect from any member of our organization. We have strongly and repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field, which makes this incident with Aaron all the more disappointing. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate.”
Berry started three games for the Lions last season but is expected to slide into the starting lineup to fill the spot of Eric Wright, who departed via free agency.
During that playoff loss to the Saints, Berry made a critical miscue in the second half, dropping what appeared to be a clear pick-six interception opportunity. After the game, as Berry took heat from angry and aggressive Lions fans on Twitter, he responded by tweeting, “Ya’ll can go back to being Broke & Miserable,” which earned him even more criticism.
Berry recently shut down his Twitter account so he could focus on his play.
However, it remains to be seen what the fallout from this latest incident is. Berry is a first-time offender in the NFL’s eyes, so he may dodge a suspension. However, the last thing the Lions needed was another legal issue to deal with.