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D.C. United captain Wayne Rooney arrested for public intoxication

WASHINGTON — D.C. United captain Wayne Rooney was arrested by Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority last month for public swearing and intoxication, according to authorities.

On Dec. 16, MWAA authorities arrested Rooney at Dulles International airport, reported first by ABC7’s Erin Hawksworth. He triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security during the incident. 

Virginia code 18.2-388 states, “If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.”

Rooney was fined $25 and paid $91 in fees Friday for the misdemeanor, according to Loudoun County General District Court documents. He was released on recognizance, and his Jan. 24 court date was waived.

The former English national team player was on his way home from a promotional trip in Saudi Arabia, according to quotes from his agent Paul Stretford in a Washington Post article. Rooney was previously arrested in September 2017 for drunk driving and ordered to serve a two-year driving ban. 

“We are aware of the news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December,” D.C. United said in a statement. “We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation.”

Joining United ahead of its July 14 opening of Audi Field last season, Rooney lead the team into the 2018 MLS Playoff Knockout Stages. He scored 12 goals in his 20 appearances for United in 2018.

The 2019 MLS season is two months away. D.C. kicks off the season against defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United at Audi Field on Sunday, March 4. 

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