NFL, union working towards new policy mandating suspension for first offense DUIs

This weekend, Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL and the Players Association are largely in agreement to amend its substance abuse policy to require a mandatory one game suspension for first time DUI offenders.

PFT stated that:

the new substance-abuse policy…would impose a one-game suspension for a first-offense DUI.  The penalty also would include a fine in the amount of one game check.

Currently, the rules require two-game fine for players who ultimately are deemed to be legally responsible for first-offense DUI.  Barring unusual circumstances, a suspension arises only for a second offense.

The league has wanted tougher penalties for several years.  The NFLPA, possibly influenced by the reality that a member of the union died in December 2012 while riding with a drunk teammate, wants the enhanced penalty as well.

Ironically, this story was published the same weekend that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was formally charged with two counts of DUI in California.

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