Lawyers say Jamal Anderson was driving tired, not drunk

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jamal Anderson was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly drinking and driving. This is not Anderson’s first brush with the law since he retired from the NFL in 2001.

Now, Anderson’s lawyers are claiming a rather comical excuse for their clients erratic driving, he was tired. “It appears that Mr. Anderson was tired after a long day of travel, spending time with his children, and visiting with out-of-town friends,” attorneys Michael Hawkins and Parag Shah said in an emailed statement. “He was not, however, driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Anderson, 39, was pulled over around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on Chamblee Tucker Road near I-85 when he was spotted allegedly driving so slow, he was impeding traffic, according to DeKalb County police. He was arrested and charged with not driving the minimum speed and DUI, both misdemeanors, according to jail records.

It is currently unclear whether or not Anderson submitted to a breath test, which would have produced concrete evidence of whether or not Anderson had alcohol in his system. Lawyers do cite that Anderson cooperated with a roadside balance test.

“He was polite and cooperative with the police, even agreeing to submit to roadside balancing tests despite his injured knees,” his attorneys said. They went on to add, “Jamal is deeply saddened by this incident and apologizes to his family, friends, and fans for this distraction.”

The Pro Bowl running back was a fan favorite, known for his “Dirty Bird” endzone dance. Throughout his playing career, Anderson tallied 5,336 yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 fumbles. He was the 7th round pick, out of Utah, of the Atlanta Falcons in 1994.

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