With 79 NFL DUIs Since 2007, It Is Time For An Automatic Four-Game Suspension

by Ryan GlasspiegelFollow Sports Rapport on Twitter

This past weekend, Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley was arrested for DUI after driving 100 MPH past a state trooper and initially attempting to elude the police.

Photo Credit: news.lalate.com

The NFL has a massive issue with drunk driving–according to ProFootballTalk’s police blotter, 79 NFL players and personnel have been arrested for DUI, DWI, or impaired driving since 2007:

2012: 5 (Nick Fairley, Darrius Heyward-Bay, Brandon Meriweather, Knowshon Moreno, Aldon Smith)

2011: 9 (Tyrell Johnson, Rhett Bomar, Matt Prater, Paul Hubbard, Hines Ward, Antwan Applewhite, Jayson Kaiser*, Shelton Quarles, Michael Bush)

2010: 21 (Joe Joseph, Sergio Kindle, Mike Williams, Raheem Brock, DJ Williams, Dwayne Jarrett, Braylon Edwards, Andy Moeller*, Fili Moala, Chris Mosley*, Gerard Lawson, Quinton Ganther, Ray McDonald, Joey Porter, Ronnie Brown, Spencer Havner, Vincent Jackson, Will Allen, Byron Westbrook, Ray Maualuga, Taj Smith)

2009: 13 (Bobby McCray, Eric Weems, Marcus Johnson, Cedric Griffin, Jacoby Jones, Chris Davis, Owen Schmitt, Donte’ Stallworth**, Leon Hall, Brandon Walker, David Macklin, Reggie Williams, Jamal Williams)

2008: 18 (Kareem McKenzie, Jason Shirley, Matt McCoy, Lawyer Milloy, Tommy Kelly, Brandon Marshall, Ricardo Colclough, Carl Paymah, Lofa Tatupu, Jordon Dizon, Jevon Kearse, Daren Stone, Cedric Benson, Ezra Butler, Jacoby Jones, Roscoe Parrish, Adrian Awasom, Brett Hawkins)

2007: 13 (Dwayne Stukes*, Darrell Hackney, Cato June, Richard Collier, Brandon Marshall, Dominique Byrd, Chuck Cecil*, David Boston, Khalif Barnes, Jerramy Stevens, Odell Thurman, Dominic Rhodes, Jared Allen) – The list does not include January arrests

*Is on coaching staff or in front office

**Donte’ Stallworth’s DUI resulted in a man’s death

The good news is that the numbers are down moderately, especially from 2010 where there were a staggering 21 incidents recorded. The bad news is that the numbers are still unacceptably high. NFL players do have services at their disposal. Via Crain Lewis, LLP’s Criminal Law Blog:

At least 22 of the NFL’s 32 teams (including the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans) offer designated driver services to their players. In addition, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) offers designated driver services in every NFL city. These designated driver programs are usually available around-the-clock, emphasize confidentiality and cost the players little (or sometimes no) money.

Why is DUI, a crime that can result in death for innocent bystanders, not subject to an automatic four-game suspension when multiple failed marijuana tests–a victimless crime–cause players to miss a quarter of the season? Fairley’s DUI, while not in an NFL city, was still eminently preventable. He should have been on extra alert given that he’s already been arrested this offseason and cops are notoriously extra diligent on holiday weekends. It’s really not that hard to not drive drunk.

What needs to happen for the NFL to make DUI subject to an automatic four-game suspension?

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2 Responses to With 79 NFL DUIs Since 2007, It Is Time For An Automatic Four-Game Suspension

  1. ifeo says:

    well there are over 1000 nfl players. this number really isn’t that high.

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