NFL memo threatens “significant discipline” for violations of league’s alcohol policy

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When the Houston Astros clinched the World Series earlier this month, they celebrated with 250 bottles of expensive champagne. Other sports also celebrate championships with alcohol. The NFL does not.

The league has a longstanding policy prohibiting alcohol at team facilities, in locker rooms and while traveling on team planes and buses.

It’s become obvious with several recent high-profile incidents and from social media posts on team planes that the policy is being violated.

The league sent a memo to its teams Friday threatening “significant discipline” for violating the policy.

“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that league policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, practice or office facilities, or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the preseason, regular season or postseason. This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team,” the league wrote, via NFL Media. “This policy has been in place for many years. Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the league, its players, coaches and others. Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.

“Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include providing alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility. Please direct all further questions on this subject to Management Council of Football Operations.”

The memo came 24 hours after the DUI arrest of Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing following his team’s win over the Packers in Green Bay. Coach Mike Vrabel would not say whether alcohol was available on the team plane.

After the Commanders’ win over the Eagles on Monday night, Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke was seen in a video on a social media post with a beer in hand.

And former Chiefs assistant Britt Reid was driving while intoxicated on the way home from the team facility in February 2021 when he caused serious bodily injury to a 5-year-old girl. Earlier this month, Reid was sentenced to three years in prison.

21 responses to “NFL memo threatens “significant discipline” for violations of league’s alcohol policy

  1. Breaking your kids arm, or threatening the mother of your children is ok, but having any alcohol will get you in serious trouble 🙄

  2. bozobiden says:
    November 18, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    Breaking your kids arm, or threatening the mother of your children is ok, but having any alcohol will get you in serious trouble 🙄
    So you think it should be ok to get hammered on the clock?
    A little girl got run over because of that very thing.

    I’m not saying that A.P. shouldn’t be in prison forever, because he should, but here is no reason to belittle the dangers of drunk driving.

  3. That policy doesn’t make much sense. Players on a road trip can get booze from room service but not from a flight attendant? The league has “official” alcoholic beverages but they are off limits?

  4. Drink a beer when we have multiple no-cost ride services available 24/7 for anyone in the league – bad, evil, unacceptable!

    Sexually abuse dozens of women – here’s a quarter-billion dollars, sir, please be the face of the league.

  5. Until they severely punish KC who by far is responsible for the most atrocious act by coach drinking on the job, a convicted criminal, there really is nothing the NFL will do, unless Roger shows his true most favorite protected team and does something to the Titans.

  6. Come on NFL this rule is idiotic and i’m trying to be nice you look like fools let them celebrate a huge win .

  7. Yep; they’re all expected to be choir boys after the game. And us fans are expected to believe that? They’re adults, they should be treated as such. Now if you want to provide rides, or better yet, expect them to be mature adults, that’s on you. But work parties happen every day of the year, I have been to my share and people act like.fools. But adulting comes with responsibility, and consequences, it’s not the boss’s job to hold the employees hand every step of the way.

  8. Drinking 1-3 beers is different from getting crushed like Brett Reid did. Most people also get cabs or Uber.

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