The Memorial Day weekend was memorable for Saints receiver Joe Morgan, but not because he ate a really good hamburger. Morgan was arrested for DUI, allegedly generating a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.218 percent.
The Saints, while aware of the situation and its related facts, have taken no action against Morgan, who is expected to be the No. 3 wideout this year.
“I think each team is faced with it at some point, hopefully less than more,” coach Sean Payton said Thursday, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It is what it is in regards to the lesson and you hope that the other players, including Joe, learn from it. It’s our job to keep reinforcing the importance of being smart and making right decisions. It’s something that we’ve really tried to pride ourselves in since we began in ’06.”
Payton opted not to disclose the team’s plans for Morgan. “We look at each individual case, and kind of leave it at that,” Payton said.
Technically, teams can’t discipline players who are arrested, short of cutting them. Some teams will impose suspensions even though discipline for arrests technically falls within the league’s exclusive jurisdiction. Players often don’t fight it.
Teams at every level of every sport routinely don’t dump key players who make a mistake, opting instead to make an example out of players deemed to be expendable. Morgan isn’t, so he likely won’t be cut or suspended by the Saints.
Under the substance-abuse policy, the usual penalty for a first-offense DUI consists of a fine in the amount of two game checks.