Auburn’s TJ Finley arrested after allegedly evading police during traffic stop


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Auburn quarterback TJ Finley was arrested Thursday for allegedly escaping police in Alabama.

Finley, who recently became the first college athlete to sign a NIL deal with Amazon, was booked into Lee County Detention Center and eventually released.

According to AL.com, Finley was booked after turning into a police officer. He reportedly discovered there was an active warrant for his arrest after he was cited for riding a moped without a helmet on July 26 on campus.

Auburn police say Finley “fleed police and committed several other traffic violations in the process.”

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TJ Finley of the Auburn Tigers looks for a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2021, in Auburn, Ala.
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“The charges against my client, TJ Finley, are the result of traffic violations and a misunderstanding,” Finley’s attorney, Davis Whittelsey, said in a statement.

“The charges are being processed in municipal court in the city of Auburn, as are all traffic tickets. As soon as TJ learned of the charges, he surrendered and was released on a bond that he signed for himself. His first day of football camp with Auburn University was a success.”

Auburn Tigers quarterback TJ Finley leaves the field after defeating the Georgia State Panthers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn Tigers quarterback TJ Finley leaves the field after defeating the Georgia State Panthers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Auburn, Ala.
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Finley is one of four quarterbacks vying for the Tigers’ starting job. But, with experience under his belt, he is the favourite. Finley started the final three games last season for the Tigers when he replaced Bo Nix, who has since moved to Oregon.

Finley was 70 of 128 passes for 827 yards with six touchdowns and one interception last year.

Will Anderson Jr. (31) of the Alabama Crimson Tide sacks TJ Finley (1) of the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 27, 2021, in Auburn, Ala.

Will Anderson Jr. (31) of the Alabama Crimson Tide sacks TJ Finley (1) of the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 27, 2021, in Auburn, Ala.
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Finley reported to the team after being released on bail and will participate in the team’s first practice on Friday.


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