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Bill Cowher: DUI offenders should get two-game suspensions

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

On Saturday, police in Irving, Texas, charged Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter in a car crash that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown.

On Sunday, The NFL Today analysts weighed in on the tragic occurrences, with Bill Cowher saying a DUI violation should result in an automatic two-game suspension from the NFL.

"Fines won't get it done," Cowher said during the roundtable segment.

As Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel wrote on Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that 112 of the 385 player arrests between 2000-08 involved drunk driving. That's a rate of 29 percent.

"The NFL doesn't have a murder problem," Wetzel wrote. "It doesn't even have a gun problem. If anything, the league's players are better behaved than the general public. That same Union-Tribune study found players arrested at a rate of one per 47. The U.S. population was one per 21, more than twice as often.

"However, drinking in excess, then driving, remains difficult for the league to curb, the one issue it just struggles to contain."

That idea caused analyst Shannon Sharpe to share his feelings on the CBS pregame show.

"This was not an accident," Sharpe said. "This was careless and reckless behavior. It cost a teammate and friend his life."

Referencing Brent's DUI arrest from 2009 while in college, he said, "You would have thought he would have learned his lesson. Clearly, he didn't get the point. At what point in time do you stop thinking, 'This won't happen to me?' "

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