QB Has Spoken Openly About Struggles With Alcohol And Drugs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York Jets quarterback Erik Ainge has been arrested for driving under the influence after police spotted him allegedly swerving while driving on an interstate in Tennessee.

A Knoxville police officer stopped Ainge at 1:13 a.m. Sunday. Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said in a statement that the 27-year-old Ainge failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence, violating the implied consent law and a roadway lane violation.

Ainge was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

He started 37 games between 2004 and 2007 at Tennessee and was a fifth-round draft selection by the Jets in 2008. He retired after three seasons because of injuries to his throwing shoulder.

He has spoken openly of his struggles with alcohol and drugs.

“I’m a drug addict,” Ainge told The Associated Press in 2011.

“The way I was living, I’d have been dead at 26,” he told the AP. “Do you know how freeing that is to be sitting here saying that? It’s like I’m living a new life, literally. I can say that. I’ve overdosed. I’ve looked at death.”

Ainge recently made headlines for commenting on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s viral butt video.

“I’d know as good as anybody — what Mark does off the field is child’s play,” Ainge told Metro in June. “He’s dumb about it. He’s stupid while being stupid. You have to be smart while being stupid, and he’s dumb while being dumb.”

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