David Diehl’s DUI court date set for first day of training camp

Reuters

David Diehl might be a bit late for Tom Coughlin’s first meeting of training camp.

Diehl was formally charged in Queens on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday. Diehl was arrested Sunday night after crashing his BMW into parked cars. Police officers felt Diehl had “a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet.” Diehl blew a .182 on a breathalyzer test, more than double the legal limit, and was arrested.

“The defendant is accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and crashing his vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured,” Queens district attorney Richard A. Brown said in a press release. “Drinking and driving is never a good idea – and can often have serious consequences.”

Diehl was released on his own recognizance after the arraignment. The next court date in the case is July 26th, which happens to be the day that the Giants will be starting training camp in Albany. The legal process may work itself out so that Diehl’s court date moves or disappears thanks to a plea, but, for now, the defending champions will have to kick off camp without Diehl.

That’s not a huge problem for a player who has spent as much time in the offense as Diehl, but it does turn one’s attention toward the possibility that Diehl will miss further time this season. A suspension is a possibility, although it’s the first offense for Diehl. Former Giants tackle Kareem McKenzie avoided a suspension after a DUI arrest in 2008.

17 responses to “David Diehl’s DUI court date set for first day of training camp

  1. Dear Coach Coughlin,
    I’ll be a few hours late to the first day of practice this summer. Sorry.

    Yours Truly,
    David Diehl(the other big O lineman who is not your son in law)

  2. nice. prosecutor must be a jets fan for them to “randomly” schedule it for first day of training camp.

  3. So any one else just plain sick and tired about hearing
    how that these multi drink driving drug using gun carrying millionaires are PRACTICING TO HARD!

    Not hard enough to keep the booze out of their system eh. Yep you pampered millionaires keep crying about PRACTICE and keep putting INNOCENT lives in danger.

  4. What David did was incredibly stupid. Too pumped up over Croatia’s win over Ireland. He is proud of his heritage, isn’t shy about it, and obviously got too carried away.

    This is one player that will own up to his mistake, pay his debt to society (and to those whose cars he ruined), learn from his mistake, and use it as motivation.

    The guy is doing good for others 6 days a week – check his history. Its a damn shame that it will be tarnished by this HUGE mistake.

    He will bounce back.

  5. Unacceptable. I don’t understand why (not just pro athletes) anyone gets behind the wheel when they are clearly drunk. I don’t know what’s worse them or the friends that let them drive. He has more than enough money to pay for his way home.

  6. With the latest statistics showing that more than 75% of retired NFL players go bankrupt, it might be safe to say he just wants to save his money for his “future”. Drunk driving must be wiped out. I’ve been there and to this day it still scares the crap out of me the possible damage I could have done. I got lucky once…..but will never trust “fate” again. The League does everything in it’s power to ensure these kind of things “offenses” do not happen. But at the end of the day, it is still a personal responsibility. And if someone is too stupid to realize that, then the law should come down hard on them.

  7. Lawrence Taylor is disappointed in you David. That’s not how a player of a class organization is supposed to act.

  8. calizcowboyz says:Jun 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    So any one else just plain sick and tired about hearing
    how that these multi drink driving drug using gun carrying millionaires are PRACTICING TO HARD!

    Not hard enough to keep the booze out of their system eh. Yep you pampered millionaires keep crying about PRACTICE and keep putting INNOCENT lives in danger.

    ————–

    You talkin’ ’bout practice?

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