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NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:32 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

Over the next nine months during the collective bargaining negotiations, the NFL could try to convince the Players Union to sign off on stricter guidelines for DUI violations.

Bob Glauber of News Days writes:

According to people familiar with the situation, the NFL repeatedly has pressed the NFLPA to increase the level of discipline for first-time DUIs to a suspension of up to four games. Each time, the union rejected the idea.

I'm told the Jets were prepared to deactivate (Braylon) Edwards for Sunday night's game but were concerned the union would try to block the move.

Said union spokesman George Atallah: "What we've said is that if there are any changes made to either the personal-conduct policy or the substance-abuse policy is that it has to be done through collective bargaining."

Since 2000, about 28 percent of arrests in the NFL each year have been for drunken driving, making it by far the league’s most frequent crime. In 2008, 73 players on an NFL roster had been arrested for a DUI at some point, according to Yahoo! Sports. That equates to roughly four percent of all players; around one percent of adults over age 21 have a DUI on their record.

Harsher punishments for first-time DUI offenders could pay dividends – not just for the NFL and its image, but for the rest of society.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:15 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:30 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

That is not a sufficient answer. A union is there for bargaining agreement as pertained to salary, not to protect every little thing they do, like break the law and expect no punishment. This is why unions have disappeared and are a part to blame in our jobs leaving this country. They all suck anymore!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:07 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

Tanard Jackson has now been suspended for what amounts to 20 games over the last 2 years for smoking weed and playing Xbox on his couch. Leonard Little was suspended 8 games for killing someone while driving drunk. I would say these rules need to be looked at. 

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:49 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

The NFL needs to be alot harsher on DUI charges. First, if a player uses steriods he assumes the health risk, if he drives drunk everyone on the road assu,es the risk. Just ask Dante Stallworth. DUI drivers kill people, inocent people, a mother on her way to the store, or father on his way home from buisness trip. People who drink and drive should essentially be chareged with attempted murder.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 3:28 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

Are you serious?  It's called the players union for a reason.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:02 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

Why does the union always want to make it easier for the players to break the rules?

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:51 pm

NFL could push Players Union for harsher DUI rule

NFL Players make million and well deserved. For those million and priveledge to be a proffessional football player you become a roll model and DUI's as well as other society/law infractions should not be part of a Roll Model's profile. That is why they all sign Rule of Conduct. Most of these offences in the public eye are easily avoidable especially with the amount of money on the line and the short career life span that most NFL players have. As proffesional sports go the NFL has become the cleanest and most exciting sport in America to watch; this can be attributted to it new rules, policies, management and code of conduct in the last 10 years. It is not perfect but at least it is not going backwards and on that note lets hope for no NFL strike next year.  

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