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New drug policy would require a suspension for first-offense DUI

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Plenty of changes to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and PED policy hinge on the league and the NFLPA finalizing an agreement to conduct HGH testing.  Some changes would help the players, incorporating third-party arbitration for most appeals and tweaking the rules to reduce suspensions.

One change would hurt the players, but the players generally are in favor of it.

Per a league source, the new substance-abuse policy (which will be implemented once an HGH testing agreement is reached) would impose a one-game suspension for a first-offense DUI.  The penalty also would include a fine in the amount of one game check.

Currently, the rules require two-game fine for players who ultimately are deemed to be legally responsible for first-offense DUI.  Barring unusual circumstances, a suspension arises only for a second offense.

The league has wanted tougher penalties for several years.  The NFLPA, possibly influenced by the reality that a member of the union died in December 2012 while riding with a drunk teammate, wants the enhanced penalty as well.

The penalty will be put in place as soon as the league and the union iron out the last remaining details of HGH testing.  Which, if you’re just joining us, has nothing to do with HGH testing.  The policy hinges on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain the ability to resolve appeals of HGH and other PED violations arising not from a positive test but from other evidence of drug use.  All appeals based on positive tests will go to third-party arbitration.

And the impasse will continue until the two sides can find a middle ground — or until Moe comes along and clunks Larry’s and Curly’s heads together.

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39 Responses to “New drug policy would require a suspension for first-offense DUI”
  1. purplengold says: May 25, 2014 10:03 AM

    Why I oughta…

  2. myworldurjuslivinit says: May 25, 2014 10:10 AM

    Union for professionals = management can’t do what’s right

  3. accipiterq says: May 25, 2014 10:16 AM

    How about this: First DUI is a one game suspension, with rapid scaling so that the second one is 8 games, and the third you’re out for at least a year with the possibility of reinstatement. If you harm someone while driving under the influence, lifetime ban.

    If you’re caught abusing your spouse, first time is 8 games, second is full season.

    Marijuana? Leave it up to the individual teams since the laws vary state to state, and it’s not much different (and probably less damaging) than drinking alcohol. Obviously if you’re caught driving while high the penalties would be the same as above.

    Seems easy enough; playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right. Something like what I described above would send the message that the league actually cares about what type of person their players are when out in the community.

  4. heyguru1969 says: May 25, 2014 10:23 AM

    Are you sure both sides want to consider this? It’s leaning so far towards common sense it’s almost un-NFL-like.

  5. cubancigar10 says: May 25, 2014 10:24 AM

    Standardization of penalties seems to be a great idea. You abuse you pay.

  6. Spymaster Belichick says: May 25, 2014 10:25 AM

    No excuse for drinking and driving. Especially with the taxi service the NFL provides.

  7. bucrightoff says: May 25, 2014 10:27 AM

    Just not if you’re an owner, than you can probably rack up multiple DUIs, have illegal prescription drugs, $29,000 cash etc…

  8. cartire says: May 25, 2014 10:28 AM

    Wait….. What’s the difference between the current 2 game check fine, and a 1 game suspension and 1 game check fine? So the player misses a single game, but loses the exact same monetary value. This seems like a pathetic attempt at harsher punishments.

    Also, the only reason players want third party arbitration is to draw the process out even longer in hopes of cheating the system. If you take drugs to enhance performance, stop trying to look for a way out. You were caught, own it.

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: May 25, 2014 10:29 AM

    Considering the other probable consequences of DUI, like death or serious bodily injury of yourself or others, why is this even a question.

    What’s so hard about acting with a modicum of pro decorum while you play pro sports for a few years? It’s not like you can’t drink or womanize within the rules. Hold these idiot’s feet to the fire for this stuff.

    The league needs to let ‘em burn the cheebah and chill at home or in the back of limo’s and I bet you’ll get at least one less idiot driving around drunk. And doing that when you can easily pay for a driver needs to be made an example of.

  10. thehatefulnerd says: May 25, 2014 10:46 AM

    Goodell is a phoney, and he needs to go.

  11. leatherface2012 says: May 25, 2014 10:51 AM

    whats the fine for doing nothing wrong, and being a charitable guy in your community?

  12. tictoccpthook says: May 25, 2014 10:52 AM

    Standards for the NFL should be extended to all involved; owners, coaches, staff.

  13. patsfan13 says: May 25, 2014 10:55 AM

    Does this apply to owners too?

  14. hakunamangata says: May 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    There won’t be anyone left to run the broncos

  15. seanb20124 says: May 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    Rich athletes are above the law, and should be treated as such

  16. thestrategyexpert says: May 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    The penalties still seem way too soft. Just because rich elitists don’t worry about the penalties outside of the NFL doesn’t mean that the NFL shouldn’t strive to be better than everybody else and try to develop a model system. If they could do that then they could be a good example for a change and build a business that is respectable, and you can make money off of branding wholesome principles like that too. There would be a LOT of profit available in cleaning up the game and establishing the NFL as one of the best organizations in the world, if not the best. Where’s all the competitive-natured people in the league office? Oh right they are competitive at politics and figuring out how to get big paychecks before disappearing. That sucks.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: May 25, 2014 11:06 AM

    It should depend on BAC. These days it’s so easy to get a DUI its ridiculous. This is a charge that even some Presidents of the Unites States can’t elude.

  18. n0hopeleft says: May 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    As it should. These players are in the top .001% of income in the world. Call a cab.

  19. jermainewiggins says: May 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    DUIs?? Nfl players never get DUIs

  20. willycents says: May 25, 2014 11:09 AM

    The biggest hang up on this is the seahawks. They want an exemption on the dui standard to protect Marshawn Lynch

  21. arzcardinals says: May 25, 2014 11:10 AM

    If it’s a non injury dui that’s way different than an injury dui.
    There should be desperate penalties based on them. Grouping them together is wrong imo

  22. DonKellyBaby says: May 25, 2014 11:37 AM

    In most other professions, a first time DUI can easily be enough to get you fired. NFL players have several advantages that everyday people like us don’t.

    If a NFL player is too dumb to call for a ride and get a DUI, they should be suspended for 4 games without pay.

  23. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: May 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    It should depend on BAC. These days it’s so easy to get a DUI its ridiculous. This is a charge that even some Presidents of the Unites States can’t elude.

    What do you mean? Is. 08 not reasonable? America’s DUI laws are very, very lenient.

  24. jollyjoker2 says: May 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    I think texting while driving should be added to this list. I mean, its just as bad as DWI ..put some teath into it you liberal weenieee pansyies.

  25. pmuraus says: May 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    The league has wanted tougher penalties for several years. The NFLPA, possibly influenced by the reality that a member of the union died in December 2012 while riding with a drunk teammate, wants the enhanced penalty as well.

    Josh Brent. You can write down his name. He got 180 DAYS in jail for killing his friend Jerry Brown. Drunk. Not his first failed DUI, had several failed tests. How would new drug policy prevent stupidity?

  26. campcouch says: May 25, 2014 11:55 AM

    They shouldn’t penalize employees at all. That’s what the legal system is for. The brand won’t ever lose its luster because of stupid things athletes do. I can’t imagine anyone being happy about screwing up and getting smacked down by the law and then getting fined or suspended by their job for a personal issue. Yeah,playing pro ball is a priviledge…so is any job. Fine and suspend players for something that directly affects competition or is considered a felony. Heck,that won’t matter because they’ll probably be locked up anyways and you can terminate their contract. It’s a good conversation piece but obviously the NFL’s popularity doesn’t wane due to this stuff. There’s a list of killers,drunkards and goons that have been a part of the league and yet it still is the number one major sport in the country. Obviously there’s no moral outrage over the NFL because the product hasn’t suffered

  27. jeanoroid says: May 25, 2014 1:33 PM

    Who cares about the freakin ‘brand’?
    DUI penalties should be stiff – to do one thing and one thing only.. Save lives.
    I’ve lost friends/family who were both behind the wheel an casualties of someone else behind the wheel.
    I would have no problem with a one year suspension – loss of compensation for any first time offender.
    If you want to dissuade the activity – up the ante enough to make em take notice..

  28. mas1012 says: May 25, 2014 2:02 PM

    Dumb. Zebras don’t change their strips and we got a lot of zebras in the nfl. Just gonna end up suspending a good portion of your product and for what? To send a message that DUIs are bad? I would have never guessed. How about focus on the game of football and not the lawlessness of the players, which is irrelevant to football

  29. jerrydesaulniers says: May 25, 2014 4:56 PM

    Josh Brent , Donte Stallworth just to name a couple

  30. bobsnygiants says: May 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    can you fine Roger Goodell , or better get rid of him.

  31. bobsnygiants says: May 25, 2014 5:52 PM

    Fine Goodell , and get rid or him.

  32. ricardocabeza says: May 25, 2014 5:54 PM

    So according to several posters a player is a bad guy deserving punishment if you abuse yourself and your girlfriend (dare I say boyfriend too???), but endangering the welfare of complete strangers is no big deal. Talk about small minded…

  33. jollyjoker2 says: May 25, 2014 6:22 PM

    - if its the action, than why not texting while driving? Its dangerous and endangers complete strangers. If its because the person is drinking – why not fat NFL players at BK. This is just the PC police thing to do for the NFL. In fact, taking muscle relaxers or those pain pills while driving can also impact and endanger people – Wheres the outrage?

  34. bigredgoog says: May 25, 2014 6:26 PM

    Some game checks are very small because for cap reasons the majority of the contract was paid in signing bonuses. Calculate the value of the contract by the number of games in the contract and make that the “one game” value of a fine.

  35. commonsensedude says: May 25, 2014 8:00 PM

    Drunk Driving kills. Throw the hammer down at the first offense and perhaps more players will think twice before racking up a second.

  36. jchuber says: May 25, 2014 9:05 PM

    We need to make sure that these new rules apply equally to owners and their staffs, coaches and their staffs, and NFL officals and their staffs.

    In short EVERYONE who represents the NFL to the public.

    No more double standards, where players get hammered, while owners, coaches, and nfl execs can do as they damn well please.

  37. ytownjoe says: May 25, 2014 9:18 PM

    Free Josh Gordon.

    He wasn’t driving.

  38. texansdan says: May 25, 2014 9:21 PM

    I think this is a great idea. DUIs have not been taken seriously enough by players, and they need to be. Fining a millionaire player isn’t really going to have an impact, but if you make him sit out, then his coaches, owner, and fellow players are not going to be happy and there will be more consequences.

    I’m tired of hearing of players, who are supposed to be role models, getting drunk and getting in trouble. Make them sit–that will hit them where it hurts.

  39. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 25, 2014 10:29 PM

    I dont know what the hell is wrong with most you idiots on here. I want to see the best players on the field. When in the hell did you the NFL care about people obeying the law. They sure as hell dont care about owners breaking the law, theres no reason to care about players breaking the law, unless its the Aaron Hernandez type of law breaking

    JimmyHaslem has his business raided by federal agents, jim Irsay has a dead body in his apt, Ziggy Wilf, getting sued due to unfair business practices

    And these ninnies in the NFL league office are worried about DUIs. Gimme a frickin break. I want the best players on the field

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