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Seahawks Quarterback Arrested After Crash Injures 8

| by Michael Doherty

Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested after a car that he was riding in crashed, leaving multiple people injured.

Boykin, 23, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication in the early hours of March 27 after the crash. Boykin was reportedly a passenger in the vehicle, according to ESPN.

Driver Shabrika Bailey, 25, reportedly backed up too fast, hitting pedestrians on the sidewalk before slamming into a wall of the Sidebar in Dallas, Texas. The impact of the crash knocked down bottles of alcohol as well as an ice cooler, striking the bartender and causing injuries.

The crash reportedly injured eight people, seven of whom were hospitalized. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening, according to police.

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Bailey has been charged with two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle. Boykin was allegedly carrying more than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to TMZ.

Boykin was previously arrested in 2015 for assaulting a police officer during a bar fight when he was Texas Christian University's starting quarterback.

Boykin got into a fight with staff at Pat O'Brien's in San Antonio before police officers arrived on the scene to break it up. Boykin allegedly struck an officer in the face, stopping when an officer threatened to use a stun gun on him. The quarterback was subsequently charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

Boykin was suspended from playing for TCU over the incident, according to Bleacher Report. He apologized for his behavior, saying there were "no excuses for my very poor decision."

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In the 2015 incident, Boykin pled guilty in June to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He paid a $1,500 dollar fine, along with $237 in court costs. He was ordered to take anger management and alcohol awareness courses, along with serving 80 hours of community service and one year of probation.

If Boykin fulfilled the terms of his parole, the misdemeanor charge would be struck from his record, according to the Seattle Times -- but he was still on probation for the incident when the March 27 crash occurred and is reportedly being held on $500 bond at the Dallas County Jail.

Boykin, who went undrafted in 2016 and signed with the Seahawks as a free agent, was the primary backup last season behind Russell Wilson. He made five appearances, throwing for 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Boykin said that the previous incident may have affected his chances of getting drafted.

"It probably had some effect, but like I said I've moved forward, pushed past it and surrounded myself with better people," said the quarterback. "I'm doing better things and I'm excited for coach [Pete] Carroll to call me and bless me with this opportunity. I've learned a lot through the process, and the main thing is just being positive and doing the right things. That’s what Coach Carroll preaches. If you’re going to be a Seahawk, you be a Seahawk 24/7, and that’s what I’m going to do."

A spokesman for the Seahawks said that the team was aware of the March 27 incident.

"We are aware of the situation involving Trevone Boykin. We are still gathering information and are disappointed," said the spokesman.

Sources: ESPN, Seattle Times, Bleacher Report, TMZ / Photo Credit: One Day Closer/Flickr

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