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Nick Fairley will plead not guilty to DUI, eluding

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The Lions’ offseason arrests are becoming difficult to keep track of, but we’re doing the best we can. There have been six of them, two by second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

On Wednesday, Fairley’s attorney informed the Detroit Free Press that his client will plead not guilty Thursday to charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police stemming from a May 27 incident in Alabama.

During the arrest, Fairley was also cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance, and an open container.

Fairley’s other offseason arrest occurred on April 3, when he was charged with second-degree marijuana possession. He has a hearing for that case set for July 31.

Fairley has yet to be hit with an NFL suspension, but it would be a surprise if he were eligible to play in Week One.

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31 Responses to “Nick Fairley will plead not guilty to DUI, eluding”
  1. specialteamsposter says: Jun 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    His lawyers are running up quite a bill.

  2. t8ertot says: Jun 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    Why does this not surprise me?

  3. johnnycash19 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:02 PM

    but it would be a surprise if he were eligible to play in Week One.
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    Hold on, He has to be proven guilty first (I think he is guilty of at least one of the offenses) but you’re pretty much saying he is guilty until proven innocent.

  4. 805_9er says: Jun 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    Obviously the cops made it all up!

  5. smstonerock says: Jun 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    As a Lions fan, I’m done feeling ashamed. Instead I’m now embracing it. That’s right league, WE’RE THE NEW BAD BOYS! And we will have new victims every Sunday.

  6. mylionsroaring says: Jun 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    I hope he gets off on all of it, as long as this is the end of it. If he screws up again I hope they throw the book at him. I don’t care much about week one, but hope to have him week two, we are already short LeShore for the san fran game.

  7. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    he will do a year probabation, community service, and a fine and thats it….if that

  8. bigbrad184 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:15 PM

    johnnycash19 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:02 PM

    but it would be a surprise if he were eligible to play in Week One.
    ———–

    Hold on, He has to be proven guilty first (I think he is guilty of at least one of the offenses) but you’re pretty much saying he is guilty until proven innocent.
    ——

    Guilt or innocence is not the issue, at least in Goodell’s mind. He has damaged the NFL brand by being in the news for the wrong reasons.

  9. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Jun 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    Good to know he still hasn’t learned from this experience.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:30 PM

    He’s pleading not guilty to allow for a plea bargain. That’s the way things work.

  11. punchymcgee says: Jun 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    I bet it’s real difficult to keep track of the arrests. Just go back through the 80 different posts you guys have written dogging the franchise where you cite each and every arrest in and I’m supremly confident you can keep up. 4 Guys have been arrested in the offseason out of a 90 man roster. While it sickens me that these guys even put themselves in this position, it sickens me worse to read everyday some derogatory post by this website about how the Lions dont have control. How does someone control another entity when they are hundreds of miles apart. This is not a reflection on the Lions, but a reflection of the person commiting the crime. I didnt hear you bashing the Steelers for being out of control when their franchise QB was almost killing himself on a bike and raping a woman.

  12. kingpel says: Jun 27, 2012 8:53 PM

    smstonerock says:Jun 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    As a Lions fan, I’m done feeling ashamed. Instead I’m now embracing it. That’s right league, WE’RE THE NEW BAD BOYS! And we will have new victims every Sunday.

    ———————————————————-

    It is the victims from Monday to Saturday that we are all concerned with. God forbid one of these young drunkards end up killing someone with their reckless behavior.

  13. jimr10 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:06 PM

    His lawyer said he wasn’t there.

  14. noeffinway says: Jun 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    EVERYONE, including you, would plead not guilty….smh

  15. coldplay519 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:22 PM

    Sorry to hear how hard it is for you to count to six, Evan. Keep at it and you’ll get there eventually.

  16. nflfollower says: Jun 27, 2012 9:34 PM

    I’m still waiting for #7.

  17. randallflagg52 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    smstonerock says:Jun 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    As a Lions fan, I’m done feeling ashamed. Instead I’m now embracing it. That’s right league, WE’RE THE NEW BAD BOYS! And we will have new victims every Sunday.

    ==================================

    You sound like a Rah-da or Bungle fan. Ask them how that “bad boy” image has worked out for them lately…

    Oh and being a “bad boy” and a criminal are two totally different things.

  18. kilowog77 says: Jun 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    punchymcgee says:
    Jun 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    How does four players being arrested 6 times (not even counting Titus Young’s indecent which would have gotten him arrested if he worked in any other profession) in one offseason not reflect poorly on the team. 3 of the players involved were very high draft picks ( fairly, leshoure, and young.) So Either the lions front office isnt doing their due diligence or they dont care, either way it reflects poorly on the organization. I agree that pft tends to beat dead horses but it is alarming how many run ins with the law this team has had in a short amount of time (and in the case of fairly being arrested twice in 8 days seems pretty excessive.)

  19. 93warchant says: Jun 27, 2012 10:03 PM

    The lions have turned into the Miami hurricanes of the NFL. what’s next dead hookers n cocaine.

  20. usernameqiu says: Jun 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    oh

  21. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 27, 2012 10:16 PM

    If it does not fit you must acquit…..

    So much for the feel good story Lions….

    And the funny thing is they didn’t even win anything, now that they are gonna be mediocre.

    Why you say?

    They really aren’t the caliber of the Pats, Giants, Ravens, Pack, 49ers and so….

    And now they won’t sneak up on anyone.

    And with all the drama they have had offseason, along with a coach who really isn’t all that….

    Don’t worry Detroit, maybe the Yankees and Rangers will fall apart…

    Hahahahaha

  22. easyeddie says: Jun 27, 2012 10:17 PM

    Accused are absolutely smart in pleading not guilty. Any good attorney will say that.

  23. thejuddstir says: Jun 27, 2012 10:23 PM

    Sounds like Fairley must have the same lawyer as Vilma….get ready for the spin doctor (lawyer) to claim that Fairley had a doctor’s prescription for the booze, the cops lied, the open container wasn’t his, the car malfunctioned when the accelerator got stuck.

  24. rg3enoughsaid says: Jun 27, 2012 11:11 PM

    I would hate to be a fan of this franchise

  25. al40110 says: Jun 27, 2012 11:23 PM

    you don’t have to be proven guilty to be punished. Ben R of the Steelers wasn’t proven guilty of anything, but he was still suspended.

  26. omnipotentcrab says: Jun 28, 2012 2:56 AM

    If this was theft or homicide or rape or something yeah I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. Or if he didn’t get arrested again a week later I’d give Fairley the benefit of the doubt. For the enlightened soul that said it’s okay that he allegedly was driving drunk driving too fast and trying to elude police just because he didn’t kill anyone is pretty ignorant. Just because he was lucky this time doesn’t mean that the next time won’t happen. Just ask Donte Stallworth, nuff said.

  27. tdbragg says: Jun 28, 2012 5:52 AM

    This guy just doesnt get it . You have a failed test , youre speeding to the point its considered reckless driving and on top of that , you have an open container of alcohol setting in plain sight . And youre going to plead , not guilty ? His actions show just how truly out of touch this kid is .

  28. Steeler's Will says: Jun 28, 2012 7:41 AM

    al40110 says:Jun 27, 2012 11:23 PM

    you don’t have to be proven guilty to be punished. Ben R of the Steelers wasn’t proven guilty of anything, but he was still suspended.
    ———————
    With all due respect…Though I beleive the right call was made in not charging him, the bad press generated for frogging a drunk co-ed in a bar bathroom is still deserving of punishment for bad behavior.

  29. steeelfann says: Jun 28, 2012 8:10 AM

    Ya know, maybe Eric Holder will be in charge of prosecution. Fairly may just get off .

  30. polegojim says: Jun 28, 2012 8:18 AM

    @rg – we have plenty without you!!!

    Hate the antics, but 50 year fan of the team that is finally showing signs of perenial quality play.

    That’s why we’re not throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    Let these boys mature and season. The locker room will handle them.

  31. retrorichie says: Jun 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    Obviously the cops made it all up!

    Would that actually be that hard to believe?

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