Texans OL Weary back at practice day after arrest
HOUSTON -- Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary was back at practice Wednesday, a day after he was shot with a Taser and arrested during a traffic stop.
Weary was released from Houston's Central Jail on $1,000 bond and faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest and search, said Houston Police Officer Johanna Abad. It wasn't clear when he was released, Abad said.
"The incident that I was involved in was a very unfortunate situation, and I'm sorry that it has caused a distraction to the team and my family," Weary said in a statement released by the team. "I am seeking legal counsel, and I am confident that the truth will be revealed as the facts of the case unfold. I want to put this behind me and focus on playing football."
According to a police report, the 29-year-old Weary was pulled over Tuesday in an area near Reliant Stadium where police are on alert because of criminal activity. Police said they noticed Weary "looking very suspicious," and they pulled him over when they noticed the Chevy Impala SS he was driving didn't have a front license plate.
The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Weary angrily asked why he had been pulled over, police said. After he was asked to step out of his car, Weary remained combative and refused their commands, police said. He was shot with a Taser after stepping toward the officers when he was ordered to put his hands on the vehicle.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Weary wouldn't face disciplinary action at this point and that team officials were still "gathering information and understanding exactly what took place."
"Fred, since he's been here with this organization, has been a model teammate and a model Texan for ... [owner Bob McNair] and this organization," Kubiak said Wednesday. "That was before I got here, and he's been the same since I got here. He's a great kid, and I think a lot of him."
Weary has appeared in eight games and started five this season at right guard. Kubiak credited him with helping to make a key block on a fourth-and-inches play that sealed Houston's 13-10 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.
He has spent his entire five-year career with the Texans after they drafted him in the third round in 2002. He has played in 44 games.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press