Skip to content

Hali’s suspension arises from previously unreported violation of law

Tamba Hali AP

Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has made his living slipping past blockers.  At some point in the not-too-distant past, Hali and the team slipped an arrest, prosecution, and disposition of a criminal case past the media.

The decision of the NFL to suspend Hali for one game under the substance-abuse policy has created plenty of confusion, given that the substance-abuse policy as written doles out suspensions only in four-game and one-year chunks.

The exception arises when the player has violated the law.

In Hali’s case, the league office attributes the Hali suspension to just that — violation of the law that was previously unreported and undisclosed.  This means that Hali has been arrested at some point for something relating to alcohol or marijuana or some other substance, and that the player, the team, and the league managed to keep the media from finding out about it.

Under the policy, a first offense for alcohol ordinarily results in a two-game fine only, barring aggravating circumstances.  For second and subsequent offenses, a suspension is imposed.  For offenses not involving alcohol, the first offense subjects the player to discipline of up to four games.

It’s our understanding, per a source with knowledge of the situation, that Hali’s offense likely involved marijuana, and that (as the league has announced) the penalty was a one-game suspension and a one-game fine.

The good news for the Chiefs is that it doesn’t mean Hali is in one of the advanced stages of the substance-abuse program, which would have put him on track for, eventually, a one-year banishment.

That said, the incident undoubtedly resulted in the placement of Hali in Stage One.  Whether he emerges from the program or progresses to Stage Two or Stage Three depends at that point on whether he can choose football over the substance that got him in trouble with the law.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Permalink 17 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Kansas City Chiefs, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
17 Responses to “Hali’s suspension arises from previously unreported violation of law”
  1. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Aug 20, 2012 5:39 PM

    Another arbitrary punishment handed out by the league. I would respect their discipline process more if it wasn’t so inconsistent and secretive.

  2. chrisjomiller1985 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    Hali has always been a standup guy for the Chiefs and for Kansas City…I don’t see this progressing at all and things should get back to normal for him.

  3. superseahawk says: Aug 20, 2012 5:45 PM

    I’m glad it’s wasn’t a performance enhancer that he got in trouble for. If he would’ve been busted for using a PED, I would’ve been sorely disappointed.

  4. txxxchief says: Aug 20, 2012 5:59 PM

    With all the millions that these guys make, you would think that they could find another way to amuse themselves.

  5. barryskoolaid says: Aug 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    “This means that Hali has been arrested at some point for something relating to alcohol or marijuana or some other substance, and that the player, the team, and the league managed to keep the media from finding out about it.” —-Everything you need to know is in the above statement. It is my opinion that this infraction could have happened as long ago as his rookie year. This happened a while back regardless.

  6. bluebongzilla says: Aug 20, 2012 7:29 PM

    It’s just the nobody Chiefs, and that’s exactly who cares. Nobody.

  7. EJ says: Aug 20, 2012 7:35 PM

    These players aren’t happy with just playing the greatest sport of all time, being extremely rich or being in the limelight for half of their lives…

    They have to amuse themselves stupidly by drinking and driving, substance abuse, beating on women or some other law breaking incident.

    I wish they would stop and remember that hundreds of thousands of kids look up to them, they can impact a life the right way or the complete opposite without ever actually meeting the person.

  8. bennyb82 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:09 PM

    Anyone know if a player still gets suspended if they have a medical marijuana prescription? I am surprised this hasnt been talked about.

  9. bwisnasky says: Aug 20, 2012 8:17 PM

    The Patriot Way… keep everything as hush hush as possible… Way to go Pioli… nice to know a tiger doesn’t change its stripes…. no matter the uniform…

  10. blogatron2000 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:37 PM

    BS flag thrown.

    News travels really fast in Kansas City when a Royals or Chiefs player is involved and this type of news absolutely cannot be kept secret in this small town. I find it incredibly hard to believe that the team slipped something by the Chiefs news starved KC media.

    Looking forward to the real details on this one. Smells pretty fishy…

  11. kcchief402 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    I would not want to be on the other side of this guy when he comes back. There is a chip on his shoulders now and if you have ever seen him play he has a relentless motor.

  12. chc4 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:07 PM

    @bennyb82 — Seriously? Do you think Tamba Hali had cataracts? Give me a break.

  13. nathanbetz91 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:18 PM

    So shouldn’t the team be punished more if its their fault for not telling anyone?

  14. warrenpeacephotography says: Aug 20, 2012 9:37 PM

    There is nothing wrong with smoking marijuana, it should not be illegal, and it should not be against the rules in professional sports. Someone mentioned that kids look up to professional athletes. I say who the eff cares? When my kids are adults and going off to college, they can smoke as much pot as they want to, as long as they still get their work done. God knows I did.

    Yes, you can get suspended for marijuana even if your state legally issued you a prescription.

  15. raiderapologist says: Aug 20, 2012 10:23 PM

    barryskoolaid says: Aug 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    This happened a while back regardless.
    —————-

    It still happened.

  16. csilojohnson says: Aug 21, 2012 9:24 AM

    Chc4: cannabis treats a long list of ailments. Not just cataracts. Get your head out of their propaganda, and do some of your own research

  17. sullijo1 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:31 PM

    kcchief402 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    I would not want to be on the other side of this guy when he comes back. There is a chip on his shoulders now and if you have ever seen him play he has a relentless motor.

    —————

    Unless, of course, it is a running play.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!