Titans are “gathering additional information” regarding Todd Downing

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Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for DUI early Friday. The team has issued a statement regarding the situation.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Todd Downing and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the team said.

The reports are based on objective fact. He was arrested for DUI. He’s entitled to every presumption and protection under the law.

Still, the situation raises plenty of questions, starting with when and where Downing was drinking. If, as it appears, the team plane landed at 2:11 a.m. CT and, per the police report, he was pulled over at 3:49 a.m. CT, the timeline does little to counter the perception that he was drinking on the team plane.

We’ve asked the Titans to confirm that the team returned on a Delta flight from Green Bay that landed in Nashville at 2:11 a.m. CT. That question has not yet been answered.

Other questions need to be asked. We’ve asked the league for the policy regarding alcohol on team planes. It’s funny when Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke has a can of Busch beer in his hand while wearing a bunch of chains on his neck. But it’s tragic when former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid severely and permanently injures a five-year-old girl on the way home from the team facility, where he apparently had been drinking to excess.

Whatever the rules regarding alcohol on team planes or in team facilities may be, the NFL needs to be ready to enforce them whenever they’re broken. Even as it derives significant annual revenue from the league’s official beer, wine, and spirits sponsors.

11 responses to “Titans are “gathering additional information” regarding Todd Downing

  1. Here we go….Everyone saw him drinking on the plane, hammered getting off, no one said a word and now Tenn is lying, feigning ignorance.

    Certain teams control Goodell. This is one of them.

  2. Marshawn Lynch got a DUI and a traffic accident and got a new job with Amazon. Nobody is critiquing that. Weird world we live in.

  3. NFL policy regarding alcohol…If you drink any alcoholic beverage…get an Uber or get caught and you get a 5 game suspension, no appeal, 2nd offense 1 year.

    Be an adult!

  4. How can you expect the league to enforce nebulous alcohol restrictions when by far their biggest advertisers are the breweries? No way they’ll bite the hand that feeds them.

  5. How about we hold people personally responsible for their actions. No excuses to drive drunk with a plethora of driving services available. Who cares where he drank? Its not the bar’s fault if I get drunk and drive home.

  6. HagemeisterPark says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:23 am
    Marshawn Lynch got a DUI and a traffic accident and got a new job with Amazon. Nobody is critiquing that. Weird world we live in.

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    Oh lordy…Yeah, that’s certainly a high bar there. Sure, let’s hold professional coaches to the same standards as people like Marshawn Lynch, and Henry Rugges, etc.

    How many more excuses can you people make?

    Is it going to take another Britt Reid? Really, people?

    No one is caring about celebrating and tying one on on a flight home. It’s the fact he was clearly drinking and no one told him he needs to leave his car at the airport and to get a ride home.

    It’s as much his responsibility as it is those around him when you’re representing the company, and there’s just no excuse anymore.

    The NFL all but falls over itself to give everyone involved drivers aplenty, even beyond Uber.

  7. Appropriate article, Mike. Excellent.

    To qualify, the “injured” girl is “permanently injury,” as in paralyzed and without normal function for the rest of her life.

    My opinion: Alcohol is far too acceptable as a lifestyle in our society.

  8. I don’t care where he was drinking. HE MADE THE CHOICE to drive afterwards nobody forced him to do that

  9. Yes Downing made a huge mistake by drinking and driving (allegedly) It’s not as if this guy is a frequent flyer aka Tommy Kramer . Not condoning his action but he made a mistake.

  10. nfceastguy says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:37 am
    How about we hold people personally responsible for their actions. No excuses to drive drunk with a plethora of driving services available. Who cares where he drank? Its not the bar’s fault if I get drunk and drive home.

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    Fact is it DOES matter where he drank. If he drinks on company property or time then someone on the team should be responsible for making sure everyone gets home safe.

    It’s not like this was a work social where an employee has an option to attend or not. I’m sure players and team drinks all the time on planes or buses but unfortunately Todd wasn’t lucky enough to make it home without getting pulled over.

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