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Vincent Jackson will get jail time for DUI guilty plea

NFL_Jackson_250.jpgAfter a protracted legal battle regarding an arrest made days before a division-round playoff game against the Steelers, Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson has pleaded guilty to DUI charges, according to 10news.com.

Because it’s not his first DUI, Jackson will be required to spend four days in jail.  He also will be on probation for five years.

But that’s only the beginning.  Jackson will undoubtedly face potentially serious penalties from the league office.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that, indeed, DUI charges fall under the substance abuse policy.

Though a first offense for alcohol-related conduct triggers a fine in the amount of two game checks, the consequences become enhanced for repeat offenders.  Says the policy:  “If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct or serious injury or death of third parties, and/or if the player has had prior drug or alcohol-related misconduct, increased discipline up to and including suspension may be imposed.  Discipline for a second or subsequent offense is likely to be a suspension, the duration of which may escalate for repeat offenses.”

We suggested last year in the wake of the Donte’ Stallworth incident that every player who pleads guilty to DUI should be suspended for a full year, just like Stallworth.  To truly put an end to this reckless conduct, the NFL needs to base the sanction not on whether someone was killed — but on the reality that someone could have been.

Meanwhile, Jackson is due to become a restricted free agent on March 5.  With Jackson likely to be suspended for one or more games to start the 2010 season, the Chargers might not have to use the highest possible RFA tender to ensure that teams like the Dolphins don’t come sniffing around.

Then again, given that the Dolphins seem to be on track to become the new poster boys of NFL bad behavior, maybe the Chargers will have to use the franchise tag on Jackson to keep the Fins from signing him to an offer sheet.

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30 Responses to “Vincent Jackson will get jail time for DUI guilty plea”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Feb 23, 2010 11:34 AM

    Chargers will not make playoffs in 2010

  2. tinshaker says: Feb 23, 2010 11:35 AM

    “that every player who pleads guilty to DUI should be suspended for a full year, just like Stallworth”
    Wouldn’t that just make every player plead ‘not guilty’?
    The only way to stop DUI is to give an automatic 12 points on their licenses. End game.

  3. Daws84 says: Feb 23, 2010 11:38 AM

    A year suspension for a DUI would be a little harsh…by your logic if a player were to run a red light and get a ticket they should be suspended for year because someone could of died……

  4. ceed says: Feb 23, 2010 11:39 AM

    Dolphins poster boys for bad behavior? What in the hell are you talking about? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read from you in a long time Florio.

  5. Big Stretch says: Feb 23, 2010 11:40 AM

    Then again, given that the Dolphins seem to be on track to become the new poster boys of NFL bad behavior, maybe the Chargers will have to use the franchise tag on Jackson to keep the Fins from signing him to an offer sheet.
    ————————————————–
    How are the dolphins becoming the poster boys of NFL bab behavior? What because will allen got a DUI? Do you even think anymore or do you write shit down?

  6. Maddest Caddie says: Feb 23, 2010 11:45 AM

    Oh Jesus. Get off your horse Florio. A one year suspension for a DUI? Give me a break. I hate when you lawyers get up on your soapbox and try to wag your finger as if you are the law. No – you PRACTICE law, and if you aren’t getting DUI’s yourselves (I know a few) you are trying to get drunk drivers off. So please, spare us. I know what happened with Stallworth was terrible and no one should drink and drive, but a year suspension for what is in many states only a traffic violation?! C’mon man. Do you suggest year-long suspensions for speeding or careless driving tickets? They endanger life just as well. Think about it.

  7. robesi says: Feb 23, 2010 11:52 AM

    Funny. I thought the Chargers played the Jets this year in the Divisional Round, and not the Steelers?
    Wow, Florio…you’re on point with errors today! Congrats!

  8. Sourdough says: Feb 23, 2010 12:02 PM

    @DonTerrelli: You really think the Chargers are going to miss the playoffs!?! Why? Do you feel the Broncos, Chiefs or Raiders are going to win the AFC West? Why would you make a statement w.o also saying why you feel the Chargers will miss the playoffs? Credibility is easier to lose than gain….

  9. Atlanta Love says: Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM

    If the punishment for ‘could have’s’ was a year there wouldn’t be any players playing.

  10. BoltsTrev2120 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:09 PM

    Robesi, Florio was correct. The DUI occurred well over a year ago, a couple days before the Bolts played the Steelers in the divisional round.

  11. scrapdawg12 says: Feb 23, 2010 12:13 PM

    Who cares, to many laws and regulations these days. In the past, it would be a non issue. He’s a great player and needs some help. Send him to alcohol rehab or something. Suspend him 4 games but not the whole season.

  12. litemater says: Feb 23, 2010 12:18 PM

    DUI charges fall “Under The” the substance abuse policy.
    Ad the quoted words to sentence please. You don’t have to post this. :-) I am your web enabled Sentence checker. Good Day!

  13. Rob Hib says: Feb 23, 2010 12:25 PM

    Why are the Dolphins getting the bad rap? Who have they brought in that was so bad? Cecil Collins was the last one that I can think of.

  14. Bazooka Joe says: Feb 23, 2010 12:25 PM

    tinshaker says:
    February 23, 2010 11:35 AM
    “that every player who pleads guilty to DUI should be suspended for a full year, just like Stallworth”
    Wouldn’t that just make every player plead ‘not guilty’?
    The only way to stop DUI is to give an automatic 12 points on their licenses. End game.
    That won’t happen because DUI and DWI are white man’s crimes. The penalties will never be great for it.

  15. Stetson wears panties says: Feb 23, 2010 12:30 PM

    A full year would be justified, because there is zero reason for these guys to drive drunk.
    They have the money to call a cab, limo, wrecker, or even the team security to set something up for them.
    The only way to stop it is to keep them off the field.

  16. mstone says: Feb 23, 2010 12:30 PM

    I say it may be too late to suspend him the whole season since there have been players that have DUI’s that have not been suspended the whole season but I say they should make a rule from now on to suspend for DUI’s for the whole season since you can’t feel sorry for these guys who have it all and decide they can’t control themselves with something that is pure common sense. If they know how strict the rule is then they will be less likely to make such a bad decision which means maybe we will have a couple less players out there drunk driving.

  17. Empire Jones says: Feb 23, 2010 12:36 PM

    To quote Ty on Extreme Home Makeover…
    “MOVE… THAT.. BUM!!!”

  18. shaososa says: Feb 23, 2010 12:43 PM

    I still think it is a travesty that Stallworth served less than a month for killing someone while drunk. Here in Washington he would have served at least three years, and that’s if he didn’t have any kind of record. The leeway given to the privileged in some states is ridculous and the disparity between states on punishment is also a joke.
    Come on. Bring a pistol in a nightclub and shoot yourself in the leg? Two years in New York.
    Kill someone while driving drunk? 24 days in Miami.

  19. Cutler=Tool says: Feb 23, 2010 12:49 PM

    Not to defend Stallworth cuz what he did and what Jackson did are inexcusable crimes, but Mr. Reyes died because he stepped in front of a moving car not because Stallworth was under the influence.
    You can dispute his awareness and reflexes but the facts are what they are.
    Year suspension is from the league is a bit much IMO. If the prosecutors were able to get mandatory jail time for even first offenders (week or so) maybe that would deter some of these DUI crimes. But until there is a better punishment most will continue to take the risk IMO.
    4-6 games maybe?

  20. BernieMac says: Feb 23, 2010 1:03 PM

    Your going to hate the Fins even more in a few years!

  21. metallica9007 says: Feb 23, 2010 1:10 PM

    @ robesi:
    Funny. I thought the Chargers played the Jets this year in the Divisional Round, and not the Steelers?
    Wow, Florio…you’re on point with errors today! Congrats!
    ————————
    The DUI was before last years playoff game against the Steelers, not this years game against the Jets.
    I don’t think it would be called a “protracted legal battle” if it was something that happended a month ago.

  22. RUGGERLAD says: Feb 23, 2010 1:13 PM

    I think most NFL teams have more players with legal troubles than the Dolphins, how are the team of bad boys? Joey Porter is gone and I couldn’t be happier. Just watch Wake next season, I don’t care if he played in the CFL he is a nightmare for QB’s.
    Starks, McDaniels and Will Allen – who else had legal run ins? Sadly only 3 is quite good for an NFL team.

  23. Biff Henderson says: Feb 23, 2010 1:20 PM

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4278373230_f84837aeab_b.jpg

  24. doe22us says: Feb 23, 2010 1:21 PM

    Blast now i can’t draft him in the 3rd of my fantasy draft bummer.

  25. texasPHINSfan says: Feb 23, 2010 2:24 PM

    didn’t know DUI’s classifies your team as a poster boy for bad behavior.
    i guess technically every team is, then?

  26. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Feb 23, 2010 2:38 PM

    Maddest Caddie —–Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  27. Big Tex says: Feb 23, 2010 5:01 PM

    More than one DUI makes Jackson a moron.

  28. drubatuba says: Feb 23, 2010 6:50 PM

    Dolphins Bashing? Wow…

  29. ceetown22 says: Feb 23, 2010 10:09 PM

    I agree 100% – suspend them for a year!
    If you plead guilty in VA it’s 5 days in jail and a criminal charge for your 1st offense. 2nd offense is 10 days, and 3rd is 30 days – automatic – some moron said it’s just a misdemeanor traffic violation – that’s crazy! what hill billy state is that?
    Hasn’t any of these guys heard of RED TOP CAB or YELLOW or call a F-N limo – I mean there’s not 1 player in the NFL that makes less than 200K right? Most of them make millions! and if you can’t afford a cab ride because the payments on your Lambo are too much, they should throw your a$$ in jail too!
    I just look at it like this, if I’m drunk, $30 cab ride is a lot less to pay than thousands in legal fees, court costs, fines and of course jail time. WTF that is the $hiiiit that pisses me off.
    But yes they should suspend them for a year – automatically! if you plead guilty, your done. Same thing with a gun charge – unregistered gun charge, and you plead guilty – done for the year. Let somebody who’s paying attention take their place.
    HAIL SKINS!

  30. Maddest Caddie says: Feb 24, 2010 1:35 AM

    Actually, that “moron” was me. I know off the top of my head that DUI is NOT a criminal offense in the states of New Jersey and New York. I don’t know if you have heard of them since they are fairly insignificant. Ironically though, they are the states in which many of the players of four NFL teams reside (Eagles, Giants, Jets, Bills). I just thought it was worth mentioning.
    Also, I haven’t done a hillbilly head count but the smart money says there aren’t as many hillbillies in NY and NJ as there are in the former Confederate state of Virginia. Just my guess.

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