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Darrius Heyward-Bey pleads no contest to DUI

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Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders looks on
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders looks on

Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey's court date for charges stemming from a DUI arrest were scheduled to be reviewed. But rather than drag out a court battle, Heyward-Bey opted to plead no contest.

The arrest occurred April 7 of this year when he was seen weaving in and out of lanes along the Bay Bridge. He was leaving a San Francisco nightclub late that night and failed an onsite sobriety test, blowing a .12 (legal limit if .08).

As part of the plea bargain, he will serve three years probation, three months of DUI classes and $1,800 in fines.

This is a first offense for DHB. The commissioner likes contrition and accountability and since the arrest, DHB has shown a great deal of both. Therefore I don't expect a suspension to come from this from the NFL. I wouldn't expect anything more than a fine and being placed in the league's substance abuse program.

Raiders training camp begins in less than a week and the quick completion of the case allows DHB to focus on football without the case hanging over him.