We have spent a good amount of time here at Ramblin’ Fan building up second-year defensive end Robert Quinn as a potential breakout performer in 2012. This time, however, the tone is far from positive. According to KSDK in St. Louis, Quinn was arrested in the morning hours on July 10 for DWI. The incident reportedly took place on Eastbound I-270 near the Washington/Elizabeth exit, where Quinn was involved in a single-vehicle accident. Quinn was reportedly cooperative with police, and he was charged with DWI and two additional traffic charges.
The Rams released a statement Thursday addressing the matter: “The Rams and the NFL office are aware of the situation regarding Robert Quinn. We take such matters very seriously, and we will act accordingly once the legal process plays out.”
I’m surprised it took over a week for this information to come to light on a large scale, but regardless of when the news came out, this is disappointing. It’s hard to predicting what kind of punishment will come down from the league, but this is a tough start to what many were hoping would be a breakout season for the young DE. That’s not to say that his year is ruined or he won’t be any good, but I have to admit that the air is out of the balloon a little for me. Drunk driving is never OK, but hopefully this is just an isolated mistake and Quinn can move forward. He is going to be a huge part of our success this season, so let’s hope we don’t have to hear about him getting in trouble again.