NFL rookie: I dodged traffic ticket by telling cop I play for Raiders

Christo Bilukidi #96 walks off the field after practice of the Oakland Raiders Rookie Minicamp on May 12, 2012 at the Oakland Raiders Training Facility in Alameda, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Christo Bilukidi #96 walks off the field after practice of the Oakland Raiders Rookie Minicamp on May 12, 2012 at the Oakland Raiders Training Facility in Alameda, California.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

One of the great things about Twitter is it allows pro athletes to broadcast colorful tidbits about their personal life, like lamenting the loss of a Starbucks card or showcasing your kitchen ATM.

Boasting about escaping a traffic ticket does not fall into this category.

But once again an NFL player has taken to Twitter to gloat about getting preferential treatment by a cop. This time it was the Oakland rookie defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi who tweeted Sunday that he avoided a $428 traffic ticket for running a red light after he told the cop he played for the Raiders.

According to Fox-Dallas, Bilukidi tweeted: "Ran a red light n got pulled over, cop ask me what I do n I said I'm a Raider, I dodged a 428$ ticket. #BigLeague."

In 2010, Ravens running back Ray Rice boasted via Twitter that he dodged a traffic ticket by giving a Baltimore police officer an autograph. As the Baltimore Sun reported, that officer came under fire (although he avoided discipline).

It remains to be seen whether the cop who allegedly let Bilukidi off the hook will be reprimanded. But if he's going to keep his $428 and driver's license, Bilukidi should at least have his Twitter account revoked.

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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