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We’ve been hearing rumblings all afternoon regarding rumors of Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
Now, XTRA 1360 in San Diego is reporting, with confirmation from the authorties, that Jackson has indeed been arrested.  ( has a link, too.)
Jackson’s status for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh currently is unknown.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams do not have the authority to discipline players for alleged criminal conduct involving alcohol or substances of abuse.  Instead, the league office has the exclusive ability to mete out punishment after the legal matter is resolved.
This hasn’t stopped teams from imposing discipline, however.  During the 2008 season, the Steelers deactivated receiver Santonio Holmes for one game after he was cited for marijuana possession, and the Colts cut defensive tackle Ed Johnson after a similar offense.
With the Chargers likely to be without running back LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) for Sunday’s game, we’d be shocked if the team tries to take a stand on principle over this one — especially since doing so technically runs afoul of the league’s agreement with the union.

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  1. LL Live says: Jan 6, 2009 2:58 PM

    He will play…

  2. Real Deal 2431 says: Jan 6, 2009 3:02 PM

    chargers should put sproles at WR…

  3. brian_21 says: Jan 6, 2009 3:03 PM

    This can’t be good for the Chargers. But even with Vincent Jackson, I do not see them defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game.

  4. Matt H. says: Jan 6, 2009 3:06 PM

    Too bad it didn’t happen in Pennsylvania. He could put this nuisance off until he is better able to fit it in to his schedule.

  5. sjt2115 says: Jan 6, 2009 3:07 PM


  6. johnthehillboy says: Jan 6, 2009 3:09 PM

    The Chargers have been so good this year.
    At leaast compared to other years.
    Dumb A** move VJ.
    But hey, lets just assume that he does not get suspended for the playoffs as the Chargers are going all the way to Tampa.
    VJ is a free agent this offseason and the best reciever we have had in years. So, perhaps we can take some of the money we were going to give VJ and now give it to the Lightning Bug. The result being we keep them both for their pre-playoff values.
    Good job VJ!!!

  7. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 6, 2009 3:10 PM


  8. artvandelay says: Jan 6, 2009 3:10 PM

    What a loser!

  9. gosox2673 says: Jan 6, 2009 3:10 PM

    Too bad it didn’t happen in Philly.

  10. FCSquid says: Jan 6, 2009 3:13 PM

    No LT, a questionable Gates, two gimpy OLB’s, and now a wideout with a hangover … going against a team with a full two weeks of rest and all its starters intact. In Pittsburgh. With a high of 21 degrees.
    I’m pushing my chips all in for Pittsburgh on this one.

  11. Frank Burns says: Jan 6, 2009 3:13 PM

    Woo hoo! Let the distractions begin!

  12. superduperboltman says: Jan 6, 2009 3:15 PM

    What a way to let down your fans and make a case for
    a big contract. A 1,000 yard season means nothing
    if you’re Drinking and driving. Granted, he was arrested
    under SUSPICION of DUI but still, when you have as much
    money as an NFL player, why can’t you hire a driver?

  13. topcide says: Jan 6, 2009 3:16 PM

    Makes perfect sense, go out drinking insted of getting ready to face the steelers.

  14. dojo says: Jan 6, 2009 3:23 PM

    greeeeeeeat. Jackson just provided a distraction.

  15. wlubake says: Jan 6, 2009 3:29 PM

    Way to shoot yourself in the leg… I mean foot. Another brilliant NFL wide receiver.

  16. yash says: Jan 6, 2009 3:54 PM


  17. goldengoose21 says: Jan 6, 2009 4:10 PM

    what a way to follow up a zero catch performance. What an idiot.

  18. Mbehavin2 says: Jan 6, 2009 4:27 PM

    Incredible. All the information out there, all the money, all the cabs, and he still made the choice to drink and drive. He might have a long time to think about his decision very soon. Distraction.

  19. ampats says: Jan 6, 2009 4:29 PM

    I guess he was getting ready for the Steelers game.

  20. Tex Big Balls says: Jan 6, 2009 4:29 PM

    Steve Foley thinks Jackson acted irresponsibly.

  21. cameron says: Jan 6, 2009 4:35 PM

    effing jackson.
    this dude has been a class act allllll season long, never complaining or asking for the ball
    and then this shi* happens
    bad play vinny
    bad play

  22. hesawinner says: Jan 6, 2009 4:37 PM

    I suspect Big Ben will be Passing Under the Influence of a concussion.

  23. SteelerGal says: Jan 6, 2009 4:54 PM

    Mbehavin2 says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    “Incredible. All the information out there, all the money, all the cabs, and he still made the choice to drink and drive. He might have a long time to think about his decision very soon. Distraction.”
    Not only that, but this is not his first time being caught doing it either…”Jackson faces the misdemeanor DUI allegation as well as charges that he was driving on probation for a prior DUI.”

  24. espnsux says: Jan 6, 2009 5:06 PM


  25. Matt H. says: Jan 6, 2009 5:17 PM

    Tex Big Balls:
    LMFAO reading that one.

  26. florio4prez says: Jan 6, 2009 5:47 PM

    Did this happen during the Colts game?
    Just sayin’ since he was virtually invisible that night.

  27. Distance says: Jan 6, 2009 5:58 PM

    I don’t believe it. So far this week Florio is batting .000 with suspicions of drunken driving.
    Breathalyzer results or it didn’t happen.

  28. Jon Snow says: Jan 6, 2009 5:58 PM

    As if wearing a powder blue football jersey wasn’t criminal enough…

  29. Heinekenfun says: Jan 6, 2009 6:01 PM

    I think the Chargers should reward this guy, by letting him play in the most important game of the season, and maybe even feature him in the passing game. That should send the right message to other players who find themselves at the crossroads of right or wrong, in the future.
    Nevermind that Vincent Jackson has already made the wrong choice…, let’s follow the ‘Two Wrongs Make a Right’ philosophy and have the Chargers make the wrong professional choice to back him up.
    Not that it matters…, the Steelers will chew these guys up this weekend and S**t them out on Monday.

  30. C-StudentGeardotcom says: Jan 6, 2009 6:03 PM

    the only person with better timing was eugene robinson right before the super bowl.

  31. GR365 says: Jan 6, 2009 6:06 PM

    I had him on my Fantasy team last week, no catches!
    They could sit him. The guy is now Rivers and Spowles a close second. Gates played well. Chambers got a few catches.
    Chargers D knows they have to get to Big Ben. Will Rivera be aggressive and send the blitz?

  32. Boltpride17 says: Jan 6, 2009 6:09 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes people. Im just glad he didnt hurt himself or worse and innocent victim. I hope he learns and grows from this as a player and person. Go Bolts!

  33. BIGCHIP says: Jan 6, 2009 8:47 PM


  34. BIGCHIP says: Jan 6, 2009 8:52 PM

    Ha…Ha ha ha ha ha ha what a freakin loser. Oh well dosent matter anyway their season is coming to an end this weekend no matter what. So long Norv !

  35. litzsout619 says: Jan 7, 2009 2:04 PM

    DUI thats weak, if theres no gun or a beat up hooker it doesnt deserve this much attention. Boring!!!!

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