KNOXVILLE — The DUI case for former University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge is set now for Aug. 6 in Knox County General Sessions Court.
The case had been on the docket as a routine matter Monday and was reset to next week.
Also Monday, Ainge released a statement to the News Sentinel and other media outlets.
"I have always been completely transparent about my professional and personal life. I've been an open book about my past struggles. This situation is no different. When the time is right I will explain exactly what happened, but right now I have to let the legal issues play out."
Ainge was arrested early Sunday on the driving under the influence charge.
An officer spotted him in a 2014 GMC Sierra at 1:13 a.m. allegedly swerving in and out of the middle lane of traffic on Interstate 40 West near the West Hills exit, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Ainge, 27, allegedly had dilated pupils and slurred speech, and failed field sobriety tests, according to the arrest warrant. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, violating the implied consent law and a roadway lane violation.
After his arrest, Ainge refused to submit to a blood test, the arrest warrant states.
Ainge was booked into the Knox County Detention Facility and released later Sunday on a $500 appearance bond.
He started 37 games at quarterback from 2004-07, leading the Vols to an Outback Bowl victory over Wisconsin in his final collegiate game.
He was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft. His appearances in three seasons were limited to exhibition games before he retired due to injuries.
Ainge was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy during his rookie season and later entered a drug treatment center. He has spoken openly of his battle against drug and alcohol addiction.
In March 2011, Ainge detailed his struggles with addiction in a first-person account published by ESPNNewYork.com.
The former quarterback credited Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous with helping him in his recovery.
The Portland, Ore., native returned to Tennessee after he left the NFL. He now hosts “The Erik Ainge Show” on Tennessee Sports