By Tim Graham
On a Google search for images of new Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, two of the first three pictures are a mug shot from one of his arrests.
The Bills have made a concerted effort to assemble high-character players under General Manager Buddy Nix. The last Bills regular to get legitimately arrested (not counting fullback Corey McIntyre's mistaken-identity case) was safety Donte Whitner four years ago.
But the Bills are showing faith in Alonso, selecting him with the 46th overall draft choice tonight.
Alonso has been arrested twice on alcohol-related charges, incidents teams repeatedly inquired about in pre-draft interviews.
"I just told them I put in my time, and I'm moving forward," Alonso said on a conference call with Bills reporters. "I'm ready to play football and compete."
Alonso was arrested for driving under the influence in February 2010 and suspended for the entire season.
He was arrested in May 2011 for -- while in a drunken stupor -- breaking into a house that wasn't his and falling asleep inside after the owner fled.
Alonso pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass. A judge sentenced him to two years probation, 200 hours of community service and "intensive" alcohol treatment. The Ducks suspended him for the 2011 opener.
"It was never drug-related," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said. "It wasn't beating up women and that kind of thing. He drank too much. Everybody else can maybe social drink, and he had too many.
"He's gone to counseling since then, and they constantly monitor him, and he hasn't had any problems since. We see a lot of those guys, and everybody needs a second chance. We think it's a good risk with him."
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