Raiders RB Bush arrested for drunk driving

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Raiders RB Bush arrested for drunk driving

Feb. 12, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
MICHAEL BUSH PROFILE

Paul Gutierrez
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Raiders running back Michael Bush was arrested and charged with OWI in Indiana early Saturday morning, according to WLKY TV in Louisville.

According to the report, Bush was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. in Jeffersonville (Ind.) for allegedly driving while intoxicated (and) booked into the Clark County Jail.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the team is aware of the situation and will continue to monitor it. A call to Bush for comment was not returned.

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Friday night, Bush Tweeted: My family got me watching my lil cousin tonight. But for some reason my tweetcaster won't let me twitpic it before Tweeting later, I kicking it with my boy @Jruss315 and @HulkDaBeast.

Earlier, in the day, Bush Tweeted: @williamgay22 im in louisville right now but I head to cali on Monday

His arrest could be costly in a particularly financial manner.

Bushs contract is expiring and depending upon the language in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could be an unrestricted free agent, able to shop his wares to any and all potential suitors on the open market.

Under the rules of the current, CBA, though, the fourth-year pro would be a restricted free agent, meaning the Raiders would have first right of refusal in matching contract offers. With the arrest, though, he could face an NFL-mandated suspension.

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The powerful Bush was the Yin to the more slashing Darren McFaddens Yang in 2010. And despite missing the first two games of the season with a broken thumb sustained in the exhibition against the 49ers, Bush rumbled for a career-high 655 yards and a career-best eight touchdowns.

His two best games came with McFadden out. Bush posted a career-best 137 yards on 25 carries with a 26-yard TD and four catches for 34 yards in the season finale victory at Kansas City. In the home victory over San Diego on Oct. 10, he rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and three receptions for 31 yards.

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Raiders owner Al Davis praised Bush in the Jan. 18 media conference announcing new coach Hue Jacksons promotion from offensive coordinator.

He brings that toughness (running) to the secondary, Davis said. I dont want to challenge certain teams in this league, but by the third and fourth quarter, they dont want to tackle Bush in the secondary. They just dont want him. Hes 250 pounds, power, speed, so thats a plus for us.

For Bush, though, the arrest is a minus when it comes to contract talks and public perception.

Bush starred at Louisville before being selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He was a star quarterback at Louisvilles Male High School.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”