Bears LB Matthew Adams Arrested

Bears linebacker Matthew Adams was arrested earlier this week. According to Patrick Finley and David Struett of the Chicago Sun Times, Adams was arrested on Thursday night in Chicago and charged with “misdemeanor illegal gun possession and possession of a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets.”

According to the report, police were investigating a car that was reported stolen. Adams was spotted near the vehicle and later told police the car was his. Following a search, the guns were found.

Per Finley and Struett, possession of a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets is “municipal code violation” in Chicago. Adams has a license for the guns that isn’t usable in Illinois. He has a court hearing on August 24.

“Earlier this morning, we were made aware of an incident involving the arrest of Bears linebacker Matthew Adams,” the team said in a statement yesterday morning (via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin on Twitter). “We are in the process of gathering more information. We will refrain from making any further comment at this time.”

Adams was a seventh-round pick by the Colts in 2018, and he ended up spending four seasons in Indy. He eventually settled into a special teams role, and he collected 55 tackles across 58 regular season contests. He inked a one-year deal with Chicago this offseason, following former Colts defensive coordinator (and current Bears head coach) Matt Eberflus. As the Sun Times points out, this is the second Bears acquisition to get arrested this offseason; receiver Byron Pringle (who has a connection to new Bears GM Ryan Poles) was arrested in February for “reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.”

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