Seahawks backup quarterback Josh Portis, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on May 5, is scheduled to be arraigned May 28, according to The Seattle Times. Portis' agent, JR Rickert, took to Twitter Monday evening to refute the story.
According to the police report (via SeattlePI.com), a Washington State trooper pulled Portis over after his Range Rover was clocked going 80 mph in a 60-mph zone. There was “a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle," the report stated, and Portis had “watery bloodshot eyes.”
The trooper asked Portis, who said he hadn't been drinking, to get out of the car, to which a passenger “stated Portis was a Seahawk player, and he did not have to get out of the car,” the trooper noted in the report.
After that, again via the report: “Portis asked me if I knew who he was and I stated yes," the trooper wrote. "(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.”
After Portis was taken to State Patrol headquarters, he allegedly admitted to drinking tequila at a Cinco de Mayo event, according to the SeattlePI.com report. When the trooper asked the quarterback why he initially lied about consuming alcohol, Portis, according to the report, said he was "nervous."
"Want to clarify a story that is out there on our client #Seahawks QB Josh Portis: he was NOT arrested at all for anything," Rickert wrote. "[Portis] was pulled over for speeding and passed every sobriety test ... story of an arrest is completely false."
Portis is currently listed third on the Seahawks' depth chart behind Russell Wilson and Brady Quinn. Jerrod Johnson is also on the roster.
The Seahawks have been dealing with other offseason issues. Most recently, second-year player Bruce Irvin was suspended four games last week for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy.
"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said at the time in a statement released by the team. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."
Via ESPN.com's Mike Sando, Seattle leads the NFL in PED bans under coach Pete Carroll. Since 2010, Brandon Browner, Winston Guy, Allen Barbre and John Moffitt have also been suspended.