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. This is a good thing.
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.
Interestingly, Albert Breer of the NFL Network followed up this report by pointing out, via an acknowledgement from George Atallah of the NFLPA, that increased DUI penalties could be a part of a new substance-abuse policy.
And that new substance-abuse policy, of course, hinges on implementing HGH testing. Which means it could be some time before we actually see increased DUI penalties.
Originally posted by Will Brinson on CBSSports.com