After reports emerged that Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Josh Portis has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, news comes that he has now been waived.
The report comes from John Boyle at the Everett Herald:
The #Seahawks have waived QB Josh Portis, who earlier this month was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) May 21, 2013
Reports claimed that Portis had been arrested on May 5th after being stopped for speeding. Portis reportedly smelled of alcohol, and later blood tests confirmed that his BAC was .092, just a bit higher than the legal limit of .08. He’s scheduled to appear in court on May 28th.
In a tweet, Portis’ agent JR Rickert insisted that his client had not been arrested, but that tweet has since been deleted. Police reports indicate that Portis’ passenger named-dropped the Seahawks during the stop:
“Portis asked me if I knew who he was and I stated yes,” wrote the arresting officer in the report. “(The passenger) exited the vehicle and began to cry. (The passenger) stated I was arresting a Seahawk, and I was going to ruin him. … (The passenger) shouted at me and stated she couldn’t believe that I was from Seattle, and was arresting a Seahawk.”
Portis was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In August of that year Portis played in a preseason game against the Chargers. He’s never actually played in a regular season game. Last year, Portis was cut by the Seahawks and later resigned. Before his recent waiver, Portis sat behind Russell Wilson and Brady Quinn on the depth chart.