Sep

6

NFL Cracks Down on DUIs and Untouchable Football Stars

By Mike

NFL stars might score touchdowns and send fans into a frenzy, but they’re not perfect. Within the last year, numerous professional football players have either failed a breath test or refused a breathalyzer during a traffic stop.


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It’s easy enough to forget this about public figures we idolize, but football players are only human and vulnerable to the same mistakes anyone else is.

One mistake that’s been a hot topic this year is drinking and driving. Here’s a look at the players who’ve gotten DUIs in 2012 alone.

1: Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers

Position:Linebacker

Reason for Arrest: DUI

Location of Arrest:Miami Beach

Bail/bond:Bond was set at $1000

Details of the Incident:The 23-year-old was booked at about 9:30 am.

2: Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos

Position:Running Back

Reason for Arrest:Drunken driving, careless driving

Location of Arrest:South Denver

Bail/bond:N/A

Details of the Incident:

  • He had allegedly been driving 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone.
  • He failed a field sobriety test.
  • He was driving a drop-top Bentley with a license plate that read “SAUCED”.

3: Darrius-Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders

Position: Wide Receiver

Reason for Arrest: DUI

Location of Arrest: Bay Bridge

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the Incident:

  • He was pulled over at about 2 a.m. after going to a night club in San Francisco.
  • His BAC was .13 percent based on a chemical test done at the scene.
  • He’s fighting his DUI charge in a trial starting July 23.

4: Brandon Meriweather – Washington Redskins

Position: Strong safety

Reason for arrest: Drunk driving

Location of arrest: Arlington County

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He was allegedly driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone at about 3 a.m.
  • He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and failed the field sobriety test.

5: Nick Fairley – Detroit Lions

Position: Defensive tackle

Reason for arrest: DUI, attempting to elude police

Location of arrest: Interstate 10 in Alabama

Bail/bond: Bond was set at $1,750

Details of the incident:

  • He was allegedly driving a Cadillac Escalade at 100 mph.

He was also cited for:

  • Reckless Driving
  • An open alcohol container
  • No proof of insurance

6: Jerome Felton – Minnesota Vikings

Position: Fullback

Reason for arrest: Second-degree driving while impaired

Location of arrest: McDonald’s drive-thru lane in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Bail/bond: Bail was set at $12,000

Details of the incident:

  • McDonald’s called the police to report an intoxicated driver in the drive-thru at about 3 a.m.

7: Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars

Position: Wide receiver

Reason for arrest: DUI

Location of arrest: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He had a .24 blood-alcohol level.
  • Weighing about 215 lbs, this means he would have had to consume about 14 drinks

8: David Diehl – New York Giants

Position: Offensive lineman

Reason for arrest: Driving while intoxicated

Location of arrest: Queens

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • According to police, he crashed into several parked cars leaving a bar.
  • No one was injured.
  • At 6’5″ and 304 pounds, he registered a 0.18 on his Breathalyzer test, which probably indicated a relatively high volume of drinking.

9: Aaron Berry – Detroit Lions

Position: Cornerback

Reason for arrest: DUI

Location of arrest: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He reportedly hit parked cars and tried to flee the scene.
  • He was charged with:
  • Driving under the influence.
  • Two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Two counts of accident involving unattended vehicles.

10: Eric Wright – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position: Cornerback

Reason for arrest: Suspicion of DUI

Location of arrest: Los Angeles

Bail/bond: Bond was posted at $100,000

Details of the incident:

  • He was arrested on a felony charge because he allegedly hit another car causing injury and requiring the presence of the LA Fire Department.
  • He admitted to drinking but refused the Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests.
  • He ended up not facing charges.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, there have already been several DUIs for NFL players already in 2012, causing disappointment among fans, coaches, and teammates. There’s been much debate about what sort of actions should be taken, and there will probably be more developments in the future.

Brandon Meriweather [8]
Position: Strong safety
Reason for arrest: Drunk driving
Location of arrest: Arlington County
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He was allegedly driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone at about 3 a.m.
He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and failed the field sobriety test.
Nick Fairley [9][10]
Position: Defensive tackle
Reason for arrest: DUI, attempting to elude police
Location of arrest: Interstate 10 in Alabama
Bail/bond: Bond was set at $1,750
Details of the incident:
He was allegedly driving a Cadillac Escalade at 100 mph.
He was also cited for:
Reckless driving
An open alcohol container
No proof of insurance
Jerome Felton [11][12][13]
Position: Fullback
Reason for arrest: Second-degree driving while impaired
Location of arrest: McDonald’s drive-thru lane in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Bail/bond: Bail was set at $12,000
Details of the incident:
McDonald’s called the police to report an intoxicated driver in the drive-thru at about 3 a.m.
Justin Blackmon [14][15]
Position: Wide receiver
Reason for arrest: DUI
Location of arrest: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He had a .24 blood-alcohol level.
Weighing about 215 lbs., this means he would have had to consume about 14 drinks over a 5-hour time period.
David Diehl [16]
Position: Offensive lineman
Reason for arrest: Driving while intoxicated
Location of arrest: Queens
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
According to police, he crashed into several parked cars leaving a bar.
No one was injured.
At 6’5” and 304 pounds he registered a 0.18 on his Breathalyzer test,  which probably indicated a relatively high volume of drinking.
Aaron Berry [17] (June 23) Detroit Lions
Position: Cornerback
Reason for arrest: DUI
Location of arrest: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He reportedly hit parked cars and tried to flee the scene.
He was charged with:
Driving under the influence.
Two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an accident.
Two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles.
Eric Wright [18][19]
Position: Cornerback
Reason for arrest: Suspicion of DUI
Location of arrest: Los Angeles
Bail/bond: Bond was posted at $100,000
Details of the incident:
He was arrested on a felony charge because he allegedly hit another car causing injury and requiring the presence of the LA Fire Department.
He admitted to drinking but refused the Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests.
He ended up not facing charges.
Conclusion
Unfortunately, there have already been several DUIs for NFL players already in 2012, causing disappointment among fans, coaches, and teammates. There’s been much debate about what sort of actions should be taken, and there will probably be more developments in the future.

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