Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said on Sunday that Rooney had been transferred to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on December 16, charged with public intoxication related to arrest by the police. from the Washington Airport Authority Police (MWA). He was subsequently released under personal commitment.
The MWAA registration desk could not be reached on Sunday.
"We are aware of information that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December," said D.C. United in a statement. "We understand the media interest in this case, but we think it's a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will be managing internally."
The team has no other comments. Rooney's London-based agent, Paul Stretford, did not respond to a message asking for comments and Rooney was not available for an interview. We do not know if MLS or United will discipline him.
Erin Hawksworth of WJLA-7 was the first to report the arrest.
According to someone close to the situation, Rooney would have arrived in Dulles from Saudi Arabia after consuming three cocktails and a sleeping pill. He was arrested when customs officials noted redness of the eyes and signs of tampering, the source added.
Rooney was transferred to the facility run by Loudoun County, the jurisdiction where the airport is located. A United staff member, the source said, picked him up a few hours later.
Rooney then joined his wife and four sons for a previously scheduled flight to his native England for the holidays. In the United States, the family has a home in Bethesda, Maryland.
This marked Rooney's second contact with the law in the last 16 months. In September 2017, he was sentenced to a two-year driving ban in England after pleading guilty to having exceeded by almost three times the alcohol limit. He also had 120 hours of community service. He apologized, calling it a "terrible mistake".
Rooney's latest arrest tainted his first year in Washington. The former Manchester United striker and the English national team has revived the local organization struggling through his exploits and his fierce work ethic. Stuck in last place in the Eastern Conference almost all year, United climbed the standings with a series of 10 games without defeat and has qualified for the playoffs.
Rooney's presence has also boosted interest in the team, which has operated for years in the shadow of Washington's Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and Wizards. United has witnessed increased attendance at its new stadium, Audi Field, and increased sales of derivative products.
Rooney is the highest paid player in United's history with a base salary of about $ 2.8 million, according to the MLS Players Association. He also collects much more through image rights, bonuses and sponsorship contracts.
His contract covers the 2020 season, with an option year in 2021.
United will open training camp in two weeks and begin the season on March 3 against Atlanta United at Audi Field.
This article was written by Steven Goff, Washington Post reporter.