Vince Young wants to play, but could be in line for a suspension

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Vince Young wants to come back and play football. But his comeback could be a few games short of a full season even if he finds a team to take a chance on him.

The former Titans quarterback was arrested for a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in Texas in January 2016. Last month, he pleaded no contest to those charges, per Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman.

Under the NFL’s newest policies, that would ordinarily trigger a two-game suspension.

Young was sentenced to 18 months probation for the arrest, fined $300, and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service. He also has to attend a drunk driving class and install a device on his car which won’t allow it to start if it detects alcohol on his breath, and leave the device on for nine months.

When arrested, he refused a breathalyzer, and his blood test came back with a 0.246 blood-alcohol concentration, or three times the legal limit. He continued to work at the University of Texas.

Of course, there’s also the question of whether the league will apply it’s rule consistently in this case, since Young seemed firmly out of the league at the time it happened, having said he retired in 2014. But as we all know, the NFL never applies its punishments inconsistently, so it would seem anyone giving him a chance should keep it in the back of their mind.

22 responses to “Vince Young wants to play, but could be in line for a suspension

  1. This issue of Vince Young being suspended if he makes it back to the NFL pushes the envelope of legal hiring practices.

    A person who is not working for your company, gets into trouble with the law prior to being hired by said company is either hireable, or not hireable (Meets company standards or does not meet company standards). If/When hired, suspending them prior to their first day on the job constitutes a double jeopardy issue that, quite frankly, I am surprised a prospective candidate has not take to the courts yet.

    If said prospective future employer sends a memo to franchises stating this information it would subject the employer to unfair hiring practices.

  2. Hope he can make it in the NFL. The drunk driving conviction will keep him out of the CFL until he completes a criminal rehabilitation process (5 years). DWI is one of the offences that can prevent him entering Canada.

  3. This is a non-story. No NFL team is signing Vince Young. He’ll be 34 before the next season starts, so he isn’t even a reclamation project.

  4. Vince WHO? There’s zero chance any team will show one iota of interest in this clown.

    But he’s probably already borrowing against his next contract from some loan shark again. Gotta get that $300k “I’m back!” party scheduled.

  5. This may sound crazy but being from Houston I bet vince young woulda played with more heart than osweiler in the regular season and especially the wildcard. Why don’t the texans give him a shot to be a backup ?

  6. Hey Vince! Give Hue Jackson from the Browns a call. Hell, he actually thought RG3 could still play.

  7. This makes no sense. The guy is not in the league, not under contract. So why should he be subject to league discipline for anything?

  8. jimmysee says:
    Feb 21, 2017 4:45 PM
    This makes no sense. The guy is not in the league, not under contract. So why should he be subject to league discipline for anything?


    It’s only if he comes back into the league. Remember Ricky Williams from a few years back? He was going to be suspended for drug use and he just retired. He was out for a couple of years and then decided to come back. He had to serve his suspension even though he had retired. It’s to keep a player from doing, or trying to do, what Ricky did.

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