NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – A pair of recent DUI arrests involving an NFL player — Justin Blackmon and David Diehl, respectively — has ramped up the consternation with drinking-and-driving behavior for football players.
And according to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the NFL wants to “increase the penalties” for players who are busted for DUI. Currently, a DUI results in a one-game-check fine (up to $50,000) with suspensions available for multiple transgressions. Florio also reports that the NFL’s wanted to crank up these penalties “for several years,” but, according to his sources, “the union has resisted.”
Of course, it makes perfect sense for the union to resist (Florio acknowledges as much), because, despite a desire to cut out DUI arrests amongst union members, the NFLPA has absolutely zero interest in handing more power to Roger Goodell. This is particularly true given the nature of the appeal system, which currently consists of Roger Goodell reviewing Roger Goodell’s decision. It’s hard to blame the NFLPA.
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