"I apologize to the whole organization and my family and my teammates," Rodriguez said Tuesday after the Bears held organized team activities at Halas Hall. "I know I made a poor judgment that night. I also have to earn my teammates' trust back and the coaches' trust back, so I can say a whole bunch of words, but I have to lead by my actions.
"I'll face the music. Anything that's going to happen I'll handle it and be a man about my whole approach about everything."
General manager Phil Emery made sure to state that he was "extremely" disappointed with Rodriguez following his latest incident, which occurred early Friday on I-90 near Hubbard Street.
It was the second time Rodriguez has gotten into trouble this offseason. He was arrested in March for disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence in Miami, but those charges were quickly dropped.
"Evan is a very likable guy," Emery said Tuesday. "We have talked. [I'm] disappointed. I would use the word 'extremely,' and we'll leave it at that."
Emery wouldn't say if Rodriguez is on his final strike or if he's issued an ultimatum to the 24-year-old fullback, who also had off-the-field issues in college.
"There's a lot of things we've got work through," Emery said. "All off-the-field incidents are subject to the NFL policies and guidelines, so we've got to work through those things."
Rodriguez wouldn't elaborate on what Emery told him, only saying "that's between me and Mr. Emery."
What changes will Rodriguez make?
"It's just being more responsible and I've got to hold myself more to a higher standard and be more accountable," Rodriguez said.
It sounds as if the Bears aren't about to give up on Rodriguez just yet, either.
"Obviously, we drafted him with roles in mind," Emery said. "We were working toward fulfilling that and will continue to do so."