Chiefs Linebacker Cited for DUI
Sep. 26, 2002
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Lew Bush was arrested and cited early Wednesday for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released on $600 bond and ticketed for straddling a lane and DUI, police said.
Police said they received a call that a car was driving recklessly. They pulled the car over about 12:20 a.m. and Bush failed several field sobriety tests, police added. The report said the 32-year-old player refused to take a breathalyzer.
Bush was at practice Wednesday and coach Dick Vermeil said he would start on Sunday against Miami.
Earlier this month, the Chiefs were hit with another DUI arrest, that one involving offensive lineman Willie Roaf.
``I feel like I'm snakebit a little bit. I come back here at seven o'clock in the morning and I say, `I wonder what's going to happen today?''' coach Dick Vermeil said Wednesday.
Bush's punishment will be up to the NFL, Vermeil said.
``The league controls that,'' the coach said. ``I had a nice visit with (Bush) this morning, and he's embarrassed. He embarrassed himself, he embarrassed his family and he embarrassed this football team. And he knows that.''
``Lew Bush is a sharp guy,'' Vermeil said. ``He made a bad mistake. But when you're in the limelight as a National Football League player and you make a mistake, it's going to be all over the country. If you worked someplace else, then hardly anyone would know about it.
Vermeil said he didn't know what the Chiefs could do to ensure proper behavior by their players.
``When the guys leave here after meetings and they go home to their families and to whatever environment they live in, they're responsible for their own lives,'' Vermeil said. ``We don't send baby sitters with them or caretakers. There's a few that need a guardian once in a while, or some counseling. He made a bad mistake.''