TJ Finley is competing for a starting quarterback job at Auburn ahead of the 2022 season, but the retirement didn’t start in the best way for him this week.
Finley was arrested Thursday after a warrant was issued resulting from two alleged incidents last month. The 20-year-old turned himself in and was cautioned at the Lee County Detention Center on charges of trying to evade the police.
According to Auburn police, Finely was seen riding her motorcycle without a helmet near the Jordan-Hare stadium on July 26. Officers attempted to stop him on two separate occasions for suing him for driving without a helmet, which is illegal in Alabama. Finley reportedly escaped the police and officers ended their pursuit in both cases “out of security concerns.”
Although Finley escaped the police, they were still able to identify him. This led to the issuance of the warrant.
Finley signed up for his bond and was released shortly after 11 on Thursday. Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin said he expects the junior to continue training and that the team and school have been made aware of the situation.
Finley’s attorney Davis Whittelsey said in a statement that the accident was all a “misunderstanding” about traffic violations.
Finley is competing with Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada and others for the job of Auburn’s starting quarterback. He started three games with the Tigers last season after Bo Nix crashed with a late season ankle injury. Finley appeared in nine games in total and threw for 827 yards, six touchdowns and an interception.