Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver DJ Moore, the team’s first-round draft pick, was charged earlier this month with driving 113 mph in a 65 mph work zone.
The incident occurred Aug. 10th on Interstate 77 at 2:52 a.m. after the Panthers returned home from a preseason win at Buffalo.
Trooper H.L. Bautista summed up in his report how fast Moore, 21, was going in his white Mercedes, which first approached Bautista’s vehicle from behind.
NEW: @Panthers DJ Moore cited for reckless driving and speeding in a work zone. Docs show Moore was going 113mpg in his white benz on I-77. He was pulled over early Friday morning following the Panthers first preseason game in Buffalo. More at 10 on @WCCBCharlotte pic.twitter.com/XrVkffJ20Q
— Drew Bollea (@Drew_WCCB) August 20, 2018
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Moore came to the team right away after the incident to explain what happened.
“He was very remorseful. He understood,” Rivera said. “We chastised him, obviously. Moving on. And again, it is an opportunity for him to learn. Not just him, but the other young guys, that you have a responsibility to the community.”
Moore, the 24th overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, has four catches for 75 yards in two preseason games. He was the Big Ten receiver of the year last season at Maryland, catching a school-record 80 passes for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games.
He has been compared to former Panthers star Steve Smith, the team’s all-time leading receiver. Not a great start. You want to show your speed off on the field, not the highway.