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July 19, 2013
49ers knew about Wright's arrest before trading for him

The 49ers say they weren't snookered by the Buccaneers in trading for cornerback Eric Wright, who was arrested last week on suspicion of DUI, a misdemeanor. The arrest wasn't made public until after news of the trade broke this afternoon, leading to speculation that the Buccaneers unloaded a troublesome player onto the unwitting 49ers.

A team source said that Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik told his 49ers counterpart, Trent Baalke, about the arrest before the trade was consummated. The 49ers officially acknowledged the transaction this afternoon, and Baalke's quote signals that he knew about Wright's recent incident.

"We are pleased to add Eric to our team," Baalke said in a statement. "As an organization, we have done our due diligence and anticipate Eric working hard to contribute to the 49ers."

Wright, 27, was pulled over at 5:15 p.m. last Friday on the corner of Crenshaw and 30th street in Los Angeles, the LAPD said. His attorney, Jeremy Lessem, noted that Wright has not been charged and that it may be weeks until the L.A. City Attorney's office makes a ruling on the case. Wright was given a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol limit. The results of that test are not public.

Lessem also noted that Wright was arrested nearly a year ago in Los Angeles for felony DUI but never was charged. He said a breath-test taken at that time registered 0.0. Wright is tentatively scheduled to have his initial court date on Aug. 7, a day before the 49ers host the Broncos in the team's exhibition season opener. Wright does not have to be present on that day.

The 49ers traded a conditional late-round draft pick in 2014 for Wright. That means that if Wright does not make the roster, the team won't owe the Buccaneers anything. The transaction won't be completed until Wright passes a physical next week. The 49ers currently have 10 picks in the upcoming draft.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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