Report: Wright arrested last week for DUI

Report: Wright arrested last week for DUI
July 19, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Eric Wright was arrested last week in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Cornerback Eric Wright, the newest addition to the 49ers roster, was arrested last week in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Wright was arrested at 5:15 p.m. last Friday on a misdemeanor, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website. He was released just after midnight after posting $5,000 in bail. Wright has a court date scheduled for Aug. 7.

The Buccaneers announced the trade of Wright on Friday to the 49ers for a conditional draft pick. Wright must pass a physical in the Bay Area before the trade becomes official, the 49ers announced late Friday.

"We are pleased to add Eric to our team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers."

The 49ers considered this a no-risk deal, according to a source, because the team can release Wright and not be on the hook for any compensation to the Buccaneers. Wright's scheduled $1.5 million salary is payable only if he makes the 53-man roster.

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Coach Jim Harbaugh warned his 49ers players about getting into trouble with the law during the time between the end of the offseason program and the beginning of training camp.

"Before we left our left minicamp practice, coach Harbaugh put a list up of guys, offenses they had throughout that seven-week period when you're off," 49ers safety Donte Whitner told Tuesday Morning Football while in London last week to promote the October game at Wembley Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"You don't want to be a guy who's on that list, especially for a team that has high goals and aspirations like the San Francisco 49ers. You don't want to be on that list. You don't want to be a team distraction. You don't want to be a distraction to yourself."

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Wright was also arrested on July 2, 2012, for suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles. Charges were not filed in the case. He was reportedly arrested and released on $100,000 bail after the car he was driving rear-ended a vehicle near the Staples Center.

Last season, Wright was suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Wright lost his appeal, stating he took Adderall for a health issue in the offseason.

In June, Harbaugh addressed the use of PEDs after being asked about the rash of Seattle Seahawks who have been suspended.

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"I've definitely noticed it," said Harbaugh when asked about the Seahawks' problems.

"You don't know what it is. I mean, even when people say what it is, you don't know that's what it is. It's this thrown out or it's that. But that's usually the agents or the players themselves saying, for example, Adderall. The NFL doesn't release what it actually is. You have no idea. You're taking somebody at their word and I'm not sure you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances."

Harbaugh added: "It has no place in an athlete's body. Play by the rules and you always want to be above reproach, especially when you're good because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating.'

"So we want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules."