The Bengals Jason Shirley isn't a famous football player (he doesn't get to play), but his trial for DUI is quite interesting.
To recap: last October while he was at Fresno State, Shirley was arrested for driving his car into an apartment building and then driving off. Turns out that he shockingly failed a breathalyzer test.
Despite the Bengals' claim to stay away from problem players, they decided to draft him several months later.
In Shirley's first trial, Fresno State coach Pat Hill took the stand and testified that Shirley suffered a concussion during a game against Nevada. The defense was that the concussion caused Shirley to make these bad decisions. That ended in a mistrial.
This time around, Shirley took the stand in his own behalf and admitted that he drank a 40 oz bottle of beer at a buddy's house before getting into the car. He also testified that the beer didn't make him drunk though two tests showed he was well over the legal limit.
He also testified that he thought he ran over a curb and not the actual building.
The Bengals released a statement about Shirley:
"The club is aware that the vehicular charges against Jason Shirley, stemming from his college career, have been resolved against him," the Bengals said in the statement. "He will likely complete the legal obligations required by the court during the offseason, and the club expects that he will do what he needs to do to put this incident behind him and contribute to the football team."To sum it up: As long as Shirley completes his sentence, everything is cool. The NFL may think otherwise.