Bengals defensive tackle arrested
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou, who spent the majority of the 2017 season on the team's practice squad, was arrested on Thursday in Boulder, Colo., and charged by the Boulder Police Department with violating a restraining order and then by the Boulder County Sheriff's Office for violating terms of an earlier probation.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Tupou was arrested after reportedly getting kicked out of a bar in downtown Boulder for being too intoxicated despite not being allowed to drink because of his probation.
According to the newspaper, Tupou told an officer he had drank seven to eight beers and four to five shots of whiskey that night.
Tupou is still on probation after pleading guilty to third-degree assault after an altercation in Boulder in the spring of 2015, and one of the conditions of his probation is that he not drink alcohol.
Tupou was released on bond and is scheduled for a hearing on April 2.
The 23-year-old Tupou was signed as an undrafted college free agent by the Bengals on May 5, but was waived during final cuts on Sept. 2 and then re-signed to the practice squad the next day. He was placed on the team's active roster for the Nov. 12 game at Tennessee and participated in 19 defensive snaps. He was waived on Nov. 21 and re-signed to the practice squad on Dec. 6 where he spent the rest of the season.
Tupou played at the University of Colorado through the 2016 season, but was suspended for the 2015 season due to violation of team rules.
That suspension came not too long after he was accused for starting a fight on Colorado's campus and arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. The case against Tupou was quickly dropped, however.
A Bengals spokesperson said the team is looking into the matter and had no comment at this time.