The Carolina Panthers’ D.J. Moore has been charged with reckless driving after the rookie wide receiver was clocked going 113 mph in a 65 mph work zone several weeks ago.
According to ESPN, the incident took place on Aug. 10 around 2:52 a.m. on Interstate 77 after the Panthers returned home from a preseason game at Buffalo. Trooper H.L. Bautista, the officer who made the stop, said he first noticed Moore, 21, as he approached Bautista’s vehicle from behind in his white Mercedes.
“F— that car is moving,” wrote Bautista, who followed Moore and then cited him for reckless driving.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Moore drove to the team’s facilities right after the incident and explained 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.”
Carolina selected Moore in the first round of this year’s NFL draft with the 24th overall pick. In two preseason appearances, he’s caught four passes for 75 yards. Moore was named the Big Ten receiver of the year last season at Maryland, nabbing a school-record 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games.