Many Other NFL Players Getting DUIs since 2010May 11, 2011 6 Comments
After making a post about the Charger’s Applewhite getting a DUI and researching the history of our players and their DUI charges (among many other charges not DUI-related) I found many other NFL players that have been arrested since January 2010. To date 21 players, a couple of coaches and a team owner.
The NFL has long-held policies that their players are held above the standard and Commissioner Goodall issued a Personal Conduct Policy for everyone in the NFL. Goodell’s memo reads:
“The Policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that ‘is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.’ This standard reflects the recognition that the conduct and behavior of our players and other league and team employees is critically important. Whether it involves your team or another, these incidents affect us all — every investigation, arrest, or other allegation of improper conduct undermines the respect for our league by our fans, lessens the confidence of our business partners and threatens the continued success of our brand.
“As your club begins its offseason programs and approaches the Draft, I encourage you to be vigilant in reinforcing this message with your players and staff. It makes no difference whether an incident occurs during the season or in the off-season. At every opportunity, you should remind them of your standards and the public’s expectations, of the need to use good judgment, particularly when in a public place, and of the resources available to help us all in meeting these standards.”
The memo also points out the various resources available to players, like urging those who intend to drink to make arrangements for their safety and use the league’s Safe Ride program. The memo also urges all to avoid “trouble spots” and places where safety cannot be ensured. (Source)
Maybe a lot of today’s players didn’t get this memo…
In summary, here’s a rundown of NFL stats to date for DUIs since January 2010:
NFL: 32 teams x 53 players each = 1,696 total players
2011 DUI Arrests
5 DUIs in 3 months of 2011
and one coach
Chargers, Applewhite, 5/2011
Giants, Burnett, 4/2011
Ravens, Moeller (coach) 4/2011
Raiders, Bush, 3/2011
Jets, Edwards, 3/2011
Tampa Bay, Quarles, 3/2011
2010 DUI Arrests
15 NFL Players with DUIs in 2010 or,
1 for every 113 players
and one team owner
including one death by manslaughter
Lions, Lewand (owner), 6/2010
Redskins – Joseph, 12/2010
Ravens, Kindle, 12/2010
Seahawks – Brock, 11/2010
Broncos, Williams, 11/2010
Colts, Moala, 9/2010
Tampa Bay, Mosley, 8/2010
Browns, Lawson, 8/2010
Seahawks, Ganther, 7/2010
Forty-Niners, McDonald 6/2010
Dolphins, Merling, 5/2010
Bengals, Maualuga, 5/2010
Dolphins, Brown, 3/2010
Browns, Stallworth, 3/2010 (Manslaughter)
Packers, Havner, 3/2010
Joey Porter, Cardinals, 3/2010
Below are many of the stories of these player’s arrests.
Chargers – Applewhite, 5/2011
Chargers Applewhite taken into custody, Suspected of DUI
Chargers linebacker Antwan Applewhite was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Applewhite, 25, was pulled over at 2:23 a.m. in the Pacific Beach section of San Diego and placed under arrest during a DUI evaluation, KGTV-TV reported. His bail was set at $2,500, and a June 17 court date was scheduled.
A woman in Applewhite’s car wasn’t taken into custody.
“It’s disappointing to hear about the issue involving Antwan Applewhite,” the Chargers said in a statement. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.”
Applewhite, who majored in criminal justice at San Diego State, became a starter last year, his third with the Chargers. He was on their practice squad in 2007.
Ravens – Moeller (coach), 4/2011
Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller’s job security is on the line after he was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation for being found guilty of driving under the influence.
Moeller, whose arrest last September was his third alcohol-related incident since 2007, was recently promoted from assistant offensive line coach after the Ravens fired John Matsko in January.
Andy Moeller, whose arrest last September was his third alcohol-related incident since 2007, was recently promoted from assistant offensive line coach after the Ravens fired John Matsko in January. (AP Photo)
Team owner Steve Bisciotti has said Moeller is on his “last chance” with the Ravens. The NFL could suspend Moeller after the lockout.
“He’s either going to get it under control or he’s going to spend a lifetime of misery like other people that are affected by that,” Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun in January. “We’re behind him as long as he earns trust and continues to earn that trust. But he knows he’s one step away from not being a Raven and then probably not being in the NFL at all.”
A Baltimore County District Court judge ordered Moeller, 47, to abstain from alcohol and continue rehabilitation, which includes random drug testing and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as filing direct reports to the court every 60 days.
“I understand the seriousness of the charges and take responsibility,”
Moeller said. “I will never put myself in this position again.”
Moeller has been on the Ravens’ staff since 2008. Before then, he coached for eight years at Michigan, where he had played. He is the son of former Wolverines coach Gary Moeller, whose resignation at Michigan came after an alcohol-related incident.
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-04-11/ravens-offensive-line-coach-andy-moeller-found-guilty-of-dui#ixzz1M1SHwOSB
Giants – Burnett, 4/2011
NFL Player Arrested and Charged with DUI
April 13, 2011
Jets – Edwards, 3/2011
NFL Player Braylon Edwards’ DUI case continued until May
March 10th, 2011 Richard Blevins Posted in Top 50 DUI Arrests of All-Time, Breath Tests |
NFL player Braylon Edwards‘ DUI trial has been continued in New York until May. His attorney is attempting to suppress the breath test taken. Edwards gave a breath test the registered .16, which is twice the legal limit in Georgia. Suppressing the breath test is a good way to attack the State’s case against you. It appears his attorney is doing what our firm would do in a case like that.
Buccaneers – Quarles, 3/2011
Shelton Quarles arrested for DUI
Posted by Mike Florio on March 4, 2011, 7:22 AM EDT
2005 NFL headshot at photo day. (Photo by Getty Images)
At a time when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sensitive to the perception that they cut corners on character when it comes to acquiring players, a member of the front office has joined the parade of personnel who have found trouble.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Bucs coordinator of pro scouting Shelton Quarles was arrested for DUI early Friday. He refused to submit to testing, and as of 6:00 a.m. ET he remained in jail.
Quarles, 39, spent all 10 seasons of his NFL career in Tampa. He was named to the Pro Bowl team in 2002, the same year the Bucs won their only NFL title.
UPDATE: Team spokesman Jonathan Grella tells PFT that the Buccaneers are aware of the arrest and are reviewing it.
Raiders – Bush, 2/2011
Raiders’ Michael Bush Picks Bad Time for DUI Charge
Feb 13, 2011 – 11:02 PM
Michael BushThere’s never a good time for an NFL player to be arrested, but Raiders running back Michael Bush’s timing couldn’t have been much worse.
Bush was arrested on Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence. Bush, a former University of Louisville star, was in Clark County, Ind., at the time, just across the river from his hometown of Louisville.
The arrest is ill-timed as Bush, a fourth-year pro, is expected to be granted free agency whenever the NFL’s owners and players reach a new collective bargaining agreement. Bush is coming off of a third consecutive solid season for the Raiders — he rushed for a career-high 655 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010.
Bush missed his rookie season with a broken leg, but since then he has averaged 4.4 yards a carry while topping 400 yards in each of the past three seasons. The 245-pounder has surprising speed for his size and he has given the Raiders a solid power back to go along with the speedy Darren McFadden.
H/T: Pro Football Talk
KY NFL star pleads guilty after drunk driving arrest in Southern Indiana
Posted: Mar 07, 2011 9:02 AM PST
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Michael Bush is an up-and-coming name in the world of football, but in the eyes of the of law, he faced his most serious charge to date on Monday.
Bush has been playing for the Oakland Raiders; making it big after starting from humble beginnings in Louisville, where he played for both Male High School and the University of Louisville.
He was back home in Kentuckiana on the night of February 12, 2011, where he was stopped by police for speeding while crossing the Second Street Bridge from Kentucky headed into Indiana.
Police pulled Bush over, and later suspected he had been drinking. He was then arrested for suspicion of drinking and driving, formally being initially charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content of greater than .08 but less than .10. That is a misdemeanor charge.
On Monday, March 7, Bush was arraigned on that charge and also pled guilty to a lesser charge, after his attorney and the prosecutor reached an agreement.
Bush pled guilty Monday morning to a count of Reckless Driving, a class B misdemeanor. The 180 day jail sentence was suspended, and he was given one year of probation, will pay roughly $1,000 in fines, and will serve 20 hours of community service.
The community service hours will likely be spent assisting the Jeffersonville High School football team.
Despite the fact that his main residence is in Kentucky, Bush’s attorney – Larry Wilder – says the team and the NFL will be watching his actions, and will comply with the court.
Bush is expected to serve out his probation in California, while a probation officer there reports to Indiana officials.
Wilder said that Bush is remorseful for his actions, but says that Bush couldn’t comment publicly about them due to NFL regulations.
Wilder also said that Bush never actually meant to go across the bridge; Wilder says that Bush’s GPS navigation system told him to take a confusing turn, which led to him crossing the bridge in the first place.
Copyright 2011 WAVE News. All rights reserved.
Redskins – Joseph, 12/2010
LEESBURG, Va. — Washington Redskins defensive lineman Joe Joseph has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
Vincent DiBenedetto, a spokesman with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, says Joe Louis Joseph Jr. was booked around 3 a.m. Monday.
Joseph was arrested after the Redskins returned Sunday from Jacksonville following a 20-17 overtime win. It was Joseph’s first game as an active member of an NFL roster.
The 25-year-old lineman joined the Redskins’ practice squad Dec. 15 and was promoted to the main roster on Saturday. He spent training camp with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie from the University of Miami.
He was later released on his own recognizance. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.
A Redskins spokesman said the team was “gathering all the facts” before commenting.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
Buccaneers – Mike Williams, 11/2010
Source: Brandon News and Tribune
Mike Williams DUI update 10
Nov. 19, 2010 at 05:17 p.m.
Bucs WR Mike Williams has been issued a DUI despite testing under the legal limit for alcohol.
TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Mike Williams, the team’s leading receiver this season, was arrested early today on charges of driving under the influence.
Deputies arrested Williams at U.S. 301 and Causeway Boulevard in east Hillsborough County at 2:48 a.m. He was charged even though his blood alcohol level was lower than the level at which a motorist is considered too intoxicated to drive. Williams was released from Orient Road Jail at 8:04 a.m. after posting $500 bail.
Williams will start in Sunday’s game at San Francisco, said Bucs coach Raheem Morris, who consulted with the team’s captains before making a decision. Williams will be disciplined, Morris said, but his playing time will not be affected.
“It’s always a tough decision when you have to make those types of decisions about mistakes made and errors made,” Morris said. “You’ve got to make those tough decisions. I’ve got my normal process that I go through and I’ve done it.”
Morris, however, was disappointed with Williams’ decision to be out early Friday morning when the team had a scheduled practice this morning and a flight to San Francisco this afternoon.
“I’m very disappointed about the bad decision that he made to be out late and about the worst decision he made, to have a drink and drive with it. He was cooperative. I did get my reports back on that. I’m very pleased with his ability to be cooperative and not be disrespectful and make this thing worse than it could be. I’m pleased with that.”
“…Right now, we have a young team that is trying to search for the longevity of winning,” Morris said, “and if he wants to be a part of that longevity, he’s certainly going to have to clean up his act.
The NFL could discipline Williams down the line, but often waits until cases are resolved before handing out potential punishment.
Williams was driving a black Cadillac 57 mph in a 45-mph zone, weaving in and out of lanes, Hillsborough sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon said. When Williams agreed to sobriety tests at the traffic stop, deputies saw signs of impairment, McKinnon said.
Breath tests showed Williams had blood-alcohol levels of 0.065 and 0.061. In Florida, drivers are presumed drunk at 0.08. The blood-alcohol tests were taken at Orient Road Jail.
“But even before they take the breath test, deputies usually have enough probable cause for a DUI,” McKinnon said. “That breath test may come back double zero. People have refused the breath test and still got arrested. It only measures alcohol. It won’t register illegal or prescription drugs.”
“People think, ‘If I blow below a 0.08, hey, I’m scot-free,'” McKinnon said. “But I could take four shots of NyQuil and be below it, too. Any type of chemical substance you ingest that impairs your ability to drive, you can get arrested.”
Deputies reported that Williams smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes.
Williams also submitted to a urine test. Results of the test are expected in three to six weeks.
Tampa DUI defense attorney David Haenel said that if Williams did not agree to the test, he would have had his driver’s license suspended immediately.
“If the urine test comes back clean, prosecutors will have a tough time proving Williams was impaired,” Haenel said. “If something comes back positive, prosecutors have to look at all the evidence.
“Blood alcohol level is one factor. The traffic pattern is a factor. His overall demeanor. The video of the sobriety tests. Prosecutors will still have a tough time, unless something crazy comes back in the urine test.”
McKinnon said Williams’ sobriety test likely was recorded and will be submitted as evidence to the State Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors declined to comment on the specifics of Williams’ case, saying it’s an ongoing investigation.
Mark Cox, the State Attorney Office’s spokesman, said all the evidence will have to be reviewed before prosecutors decide whether to pursue the case.
If formally charged, Williams may be court-ordered to attend classes about DUI and motorist safety, perform at least 50 hours of community service, lose his driver’s license for six months and have his vehicle impounded for up to 10 days, Haenel said.
If the urine tests are clean, prosecutors could still try to charge Williams with reckless driving. In that case, Williams could get voluntary community service and probation, Haenel said.
Williams’ play is credited as a major factor in the team’s surprisingly successful turnaround. He leads the Bucs in receiving with 40 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns through nine games. That yardage is the sixth highest in the National Conference and 13th most in the NFL. Williams has already been up for NFL Rookie of the Week five times, all but one after a Bucs victory.
“It’s no secret being a professional athlete, especially in the Tampa market, we are a target,” Bucs tight end John Gilmore said. “We can’t just go about doing things like normal people do. It’s one thing about going and getting drunk and having a couple of drinks, but in our situation we got to be a little bit smarter than the average Joe.”
Williams, 23, has started every game as a rookie for Tampa Bay this season. He is the first rookie receiver to start on opening day for the Bucs since 1990.
He was considered a first-round talent in last April’s NFL draft, but his stock slipped as concerns about his character arose.
While at Syracuse, Williams was forced to serve an academic suspension that came amid allegations he cheated on a test. He also received a one-game suspension in 2009 for breaking team rules and later quit the team in November of that year.
“It’s disappointing,” Morris said, “because it was old news and now you rehash it and now we’ve got to talk about it again, what happened in college. …That’s what makes it disappointing for me, because I know the time and effort that I put with these guys in order to avoid situations like this, and to let it go to the wayside like that becomes more disappointing.”
Earlier this year, Dominik said he was confident Williams’ problems were in the past.
“I wouldn’t bring somebody in here if I didn’t feel comfortable about it,” Dominik said at the time. “I don’t think anybody spent more time with this kid than the Buccaneers did, and I think we’re going to reap the rewards for it.”
This is the second Bucs players to be arrested within the last 30 days.
Tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested Oct. 23 on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana, both felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Stevens had 38 grams of marijuana on his possession and was close to the team hotel at the time of his arrest. Stevens was released by the Buccaneers a few days after his arrest.
Broncos – DJ Williams, 11/2010
Broncos Williams DUI
DENVER — The Broncos face the loss of leading tackler D.J. Williams to an NFL suspension following his second drunken-driving arrest.
The linebacker and defensive co-captain was charged with driving under the influence after being arrested in Denver early Friday morning, just hours before he was supposed to report to work at Dove Valley.
It’s Williams’ second such arrest. He pleaded guilty in September 2005 to driving drunk and was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service. After that, he said he realized he needed to get a designated driver whenever he went out partying, and the team provides drivers to its players, but Williams didn’t use one Friday.
District attorney’s spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said Williams was pulled over at 2:40 a.m. Friday for driving without headlights on. He was cited with DUI, a misdemeanor, as well as driving without headlights.
Williams was ordered to appear in court Dec. 13.
“We’re certainly disappointed and don’t condone that behavior from any of our players or anybody within our organization,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.
Williams, a seventh-year pro from the University of Miami, likely will be suspended for multiple games for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is serving a three-game suspension for multiple DUI arrests, which was reduced from an original four-game penalty.
A conviction isn’t required for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend a player without pay. The league’s policy states: “If the Commissioner finds that … the player has had prior drug or alcohol-related misconduct, increased discipline up to and including suspension may be imposed.”
It could take time for the league to review Williams’ case, so there’s a chance he could still play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Williams showed up only briefly at the team’s headquarters just before noon Friday before driving off while his teammates were at practice.
The Broncos (2-6) face the league’s top rushing team Sunday when the Chiefs (5-3) visit Invesco Field.
“We don’t know that yet,” McDaniels said when asked about Williams’ availability for Sunday. “I don’t know all the facts on that, and this is going to involve more people than just us, but we’re certainly going to do what’s in the best interest of our organization.”
If Williams doesn’t play, other options include inserting Wesley Woodyard or Joe Mays at his position at right inside linebacker or moving outside linebacker Mario Haggan back inside and playing Jarvis Moss on the outside.
None of those options are better than Williams, the fierce tackler whose leadership has been praised profusely by McDaniels and defensive coordinator Don Martindale in recent weeks.
Williams’ trouble comes just as the Broncos were talking about getting healthy following their bye week and exuding an optimism about salvaging their season and jumping back into the AFC West race.
The Broncos have relied on Williams more heavily this season with outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil (chest) and Robert Ayers (foot) sidelined, and he has responded with a team-leading 3.5 sacks and a team-best 57 tackles, which put him on pace for a career-high 114.
That Williams is a captain made his arrest all the more disheartening to an organization that has been shrouded in negativity during a monthlong skid that included a 45-point loss at home to the archrival Oakland Raiders.
“It’s disappointing no matter who it is,” McDaniels said. “The behavior and the fact we’re two days away from a game is very disappointing to me and our entire organization.”
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
Seahawks – Brock, 11/2010
Brock arrested for DUI early Saturday, played vs. Cards
Nov. 15, 2010 at 08:26 a.m.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock was arrested for driving under the influence Saturday morning, according to The Seattle Times.
The arrest, first reported by Seattle’s KCPQ, was confirmed by the Washington State Patrol on Saturday.
Brock, 32, was stopped by police around 3 a.m. in Seattle. He was later released pending charges and played in the Seahawks’ 36-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Brock, who has played in all nine games for the Seahawks this season and has three sacks, was signed by the team during the preseason after spending eight seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Browns – Lawson, 8/2010
Browns safety Lawson pleads no contest to DUI charge
Published: Aug. 18, 2010 at 09:55 a.m.
Cleveland Browns defensive back Gerard Lawson pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in Cleveland Municipal Court on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Three other charges against Lawson stemming from the Aug. 6 hit-and-run accident were dropped.
The third-year pro was sentenced to one year of probation, 72 hours of an alternative jail program and 20 hours of community service.
Lawson, a third-year pro from Oregon State, played in five games, primarily on special teams for the Browns during the 2009 season.
Forty-Niners – McDonald 6/2010
Niners DL McDonald arrested on suspicion of DUI
Published: June 17, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A veteran San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman says he regrets his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ray McDonald publicly apologized on Monday after he was booked Saturday night in the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City.
California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel says an officer pulled over the 25-year-old in his black BMW on Interstate 280 at around 6 p.m. after observing McDonald speeding upwards of 94 miles per hour.
Montiel says McDonald was placed into custody after taking a sobriety test. He was released on his own recognizance.
McDonald is due in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 22.
The team said in a statement that McDonald told them about the incident, and that it is monitoring the case.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
Seahawks – Ganther, July 2010
Seahawks’ Ganther out of jail after arrest for suspicion of DUI
Published: July 3, 2010 at 09:12 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seattle Seahawks running back Quinton Ganther was released from Sacramento County Jail on Saturday following an early morning arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s inmate registry showed that Ganther, 25, was booked into jail at 6:50 a.m. Saturday and released hours later.
Ganther’s bail had been listed as $1,482. The native of Oakland had a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, according to The Seattle Times.
The Seahawks had no comment other than to say they were aware of the situation and gathering information.
Ganther signed with the Seahawks this winter as a free agent. He ran for 201 yards in eight games last season for the Washington Redskins after playing in 15 games over the previous two seasons for the Tennessee Titans.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
Dolphins – Brown, 3/2010
Report: Dolphins RB Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI
Published: March 22, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was arrested late Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the Miami Herald reported, citing two sources.
According to the Herald, Brown was arrested during a trip to his hometown outside of Atlanta after an officer pulled him over for making a lane change without using his blinker. He was released from jail early Saturday morning.
The Dolphins have yet to officially comment on the arrest, but they are aware of the situation, according to the report.
Brown, 28, missed seven games last season after suffering a season-ending Lisfranc injury. A restricted free agent, he is expected to return to the Dolphins after they offered him a first-round tender.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bengals – Maualuga, 5/2010
Sobered up, Maualuga trying to show a Bengal can change stripes
May 11, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
To most of us, May 11 is just another day. For Cincinnati Bengals’ second-year linebacker Rey Maualuga, Tuesday represents his 100th consecutive day of sobriety. For someone who’s had a lengthy drinking problem, 100 days without slipping is a long time. For Maualuga, those 100 days are also the infancy of a new life.
“My body never felt so great. I never looked so good,” Maualuga said by phone Monday, on the eve of the Bengals’ first offseason OTA practice. “I am so anxious for OTAs to start up. Now I can hopefully compare myself to last year when I wasn’t able to run 10 or 12 plays within a drive and not be incredibly tired. All my focus is on my body and how much stronger I can get, how much smarter I can be and being a reliable teammate.”
In an candid interview, Maualuga, the long-maned 23-year-old, discussed how a January car accident in Kentucky that led to a DUI arrest and a stint in a rehab facility, unveiled his alcoholism. The second-year player out of USC has not had a drink since. Tuesday morning, he took the field weighing 250 pounds — 15 fewer than when he went into rehab — and with his first semblance of six-pack abs.
“I am feeling so great about everything,” he said.
That wasn’t the case the morning of Jan. 29, when Maualuga smashed a car he was driving into a parking meter and two parked cars, and was eventually arrested and charged with DUI after failing a roadside sobriety test. According to reports, Maualuga told police he had about “six Captain and Cokes.” His blood-alcohol level registered at .157 — nearly twice the state’s legal limit of .08.
“The moment I heard the sirens and saw the lights I knew it was over,” Maualuga said. “I went completely sober after that. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m digging myself deeper in a hole I don’t need to be in.’ That was my life-changer. I think that had to happen in order for me to realize where I am and how much I had at stake.”
Instead of trying to work his way through the legal system, Maualuga immediately pleaded guilty. He was assessed seven days in jail, discharged on the condition he doesn’t have another incident in the next two years. He also was fined nearly $900, forced to pay for any damages not covered by insurance, and had his license suspended.
“Some people sat there and said they could have got me the best lawyers to get out of it or to push off the court date and see if we can fight it or appeal it and win. (But) what’s all that going to prove?” Maualuga said. “I’m going to get a slap on the wrist, pay a ticket and not get a DUI charge? It’s not going to prove anything. I’m going to keep doing the same BS stuff and not taking care of my body and partying. I’m glad it happened. I got to learn some things and dig deep inside and listen to and find out about the people who cared who Rey Maualuga is.”
“The moment I heard the sirens and saw the lights I knew it was over. I went completely sober after that.”
— Rey Maualuga
Maualuga could face discipline from the NFL for his DUI plea and he could be admitted into the league’s drug and alcohol program. He’s OK with that. Shortly after the incident, he entered a drug and alcohol treatment center in Charleston, S.C., where he spent more than a month undergoing treatment and counseling.
“I was like, ‘OK, I got in trouble, let’s see what Rey’s going to do,'” Maualuga said. “Going to the program and meeting all these genuine people and seeing folks come in and out of the program, you learn so much about their stories. You get to reflect on it and tell your story. When I was there I realized I really had a drinking problem and that I thought about nobody but myself when I went out and drank and partied.
“I never gave my body the respect it deserves. I never gave my mind time to go through plays and dig deep and watch film and better myself as an intelligent football player instead of just a physical specimen on the field. I don’t think I played to my abilities last season. People say, ‘You did good for a rookie.” I came out and made some plays but that wasn’t enough for me. A lot of people cared about me at this program, not as a football player. They liked me as a person. I could open up and I was myself there. I walked out of that treatment program a real person.”
The Bengals’ coaching staff, management and players also have helped Maualuga navigate this process. They know how important the linebacker is to their burgeoning defense under coordinator Mike Zimmer. He showed flashes as a rookie, finishing with 63 tackles, one sack and three forced fumbles.
“Every coach has been there and been supportive,” Maualuga said. “All my teammates have been there since the day of the incident, calling and texting, letting me know that things will be OK and that I’ll learn from my mistakes. The last person, I didn’t have the (guts) to talk to about this right away was Zimmer. While I was in the treatment plan I texted him, figuring that while I was there what’s the worst thing he’d do, not text back? He was the coach I respected the most. He was really great and he said he’s just excited that I took steps to go and better myself and hopes that when the season starts, everything will be behind us and we can be great as a team.”
Zimmer recently said that Maualuga has been a constant presence at the team facility and that he expects him to have a great season, as long as he stays on track and maintains his priorities.
Maualuga’s admission that he had a drinking problem and that he didn’t pay total attention to detail while preparing for games further explains why the fearsome collegian at USC dropped from a projected top-15 pick into the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. It was widely known that as a freshman he got into a fight while drunk, which led to an arrest that was dismissed after he attended a diversion program and Alcohol Anonymous meetings. However, he didn’t stop drinking, and teams discovered as much conducting their due diligence prior to the draft.
That he continued drinking after his collegiate arrest opens up suspicion that he could have a hard time staying clean. Maualuga meets with an alcohol counselor once a week and the Bengals, more than most teams because of the character risks they take on, have a support systems in place. Maualuga has also taken steps toward keeping better company, staying away from some of the folks he used to roll with about town once the sun went down. However, he hasn’t imprisoned himself.
“I’ve been in places where I could have been tempted,” Maualuga said. “I’ve been to bars to watch games with my family and I’ve been to Vegas to go see Cirque Du Solei. I told myself if I could go to Vegas and not drink that was a big deal. I was never tempted. I’m so into my body and doing better, that’s all I think about.
“People are still going to judge me. If they see me drinking a cranberry juice, they may assume I’m drinking vodka-cranberry. That’s OK. I know what’s up. I’ve changed. I cleared all the alcohol out of my house, and if I go out to watch a game, I go with a friend. And when it’s over, I go home.”
Having football in his life helps.
“I’ve always wanted to see how far I could elevate my game,” Maualuga said. “Now I realize the more work you put into it the better results. Our people would always tell me that the more time I spent watching film the better I’d get. I just thought, ‘Why can’t you just show up and play ball and get to the ball?’ That’s all it was going to take.
“Now it’s different. I’m taking a different approach. I spend most of my time now getting ready. Plus, I’m a jealous player. I want to be better than the person next to me. I see my former college teammates: Brian Cushing won Defensive Rookie of the Year (an honor that could get stripped this week). Clay Matthews went to the Pro Bowl. I came out of SC with these two guys and these two guys did something. Rey didn’t.
“I need to step my game up and just try to get to where I want to get, and that’s to be better than I was.”
Dolphins – Merling, 5/2010
Dolphins DE Merling attends practice after arrest on battery charge
May 27, 2010 at 01:52 p.m.
DAVIE, Fla. — Defensive end Phillip Merling practiced with the Miami Dolphins on Friday, less than 24 hours after being freed from jail following an aggravated battery charge against a pregnant woman.
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Merling didn’t speak with reporters after the first practice of a three-day mandatory minicamp.
Merling was arrested in Weston, Fla. on Wednesday, then released from Broward County Jail on Thursday afternoon after posting $15,000 bond. The court ordered him to have no direct or indirect contact with the woman, who is his girlfriend, along with other restrictions like banning him from possessing firearms while out on bond.
Court records show the woman is two months pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Merling is the fourth Dolphins player to be arrested this offseason, something that coach Tony Sparano called “frustrating.”
“We’ll let the process play itself out,” Sparano said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Sparano also said the NFL is investigating the incident and that the Dolphins are helping the league gather facts.
“There’s a lot of facts out there right now and a lot of information and a lot of assumptions,” Sparano said. “I’m not a judge. I’m going to gather it. I’m going to sit down. I’m going to visit with him. I’m going to talk to him about my end in the thing, which I’ve done already, and we’re going to let the people that make the decisions down the road make some of those decisions, too.”
The Dolphins already have seen defensive tackle Tony McDaniel arrested this offseason on suspicion of domestic violence. Running back Ronnie Brown and cornerback Will Allen have been charged with DUI.
“We discuss distractions,” Sparano said. “Those things have been discussed, without a doubt, and were discussed a little bit more today. But I’ll keep the rest of it in-house right now. You know, that’s the situation right now. It really is a situation right now that we’re dealing closely with the league with.”
Ravens – Kindle, 12/2010
Ravens LB Kindle will have DUI case heard on Tuesday
May 10, 2011
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle has said he’s looking forward to putting his recent driving under the influence arrest behind him. He’ll get that chance now that his court case has been moved up. The Howard County District Court will hear the case on Tuesday afternoon, the Carroll County Times reported.
Colts – Moala, 9/2010
Fili Moala Arrested: Colts Lineman Busted For Drunk Driving
09/ 3/10 10:36 PM
NDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police say Colts defensive tackle Fili Moala (FEE-lee Muh-wa-luh) has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, public intoxication and speeding.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Moala was stopped at 2:31 a.m. Friday after an officer noticed his vehicle speeding.
A police report says the 25-year-old Moala admitted to an officer that he had “five or six drinks” at a club It said he had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent.
The second-year player was released Friday. Police didn’t know if he had a lawyer.
Moala did not have a phone number listed in his name. A message seeking comment was left with the team Friday.
Buccaneers – Mosley (Asst. Coach), 8/2010
George Mosley Charged with DUI
September 1, 2010
TAMPA — An assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is accused of driving under the influence.
Chris George Mosley, 32, was arrested about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday near S Moody and W Swann avenues, police said.
He had a blood-alcohol level ranging from 0.137 to 0.143, police said. The point at which impairment is presumed in Florida is 0.08.
Mosley is in his second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and first as defensive assistant coach, according to the team’s website. He was an assistant offensive line coach last season.
He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on $500 bail Wednesday morning.
Lions – Lewland, (Owner)
Lewland Apologizes After Arrest
June 28, 2010, 3:36 PM ET
DETROIT — Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand is apologizing after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while at a charity golf tournament in northern Michigan.
Lewand said in a statement Saturday night that he is “deeply sorry” for his actions and takes full responsibility.
According to a police report, Lewand’s breath test came back at 0.21 percent about an hour after he was stopped for erratic driving. In Michigan, a driver is considered drunk if his or her blood alcohol content is more than 0.08.
According to the police report, a Roscommon County Sheriff’s deputy stated there was a strong odor of alcohol in the car and that Lewand’s eyes were “glossy and bloodshot,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Authorities said he was pulled over after his sport utility vehicle was seen crossing from one lane to another after leaving a bar’s parking lot.
The police report also said that Lewand told authorities he has “not drank in a year and a half” and was a designated driver who had stopped at the bar to pick up a friend.
Team spokesman Matt Barnhart confirmed Sunday that Lewand was arrested and released Friday night. Lewand was attending a charity golf event in Houghton Lake, about 150 miles northwest of Detroit.
Without providing details, Lewand said he’s “a person in active recovery” and “committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. said that his team would stand behind Lewand.
“Tom made a very serious mistake and he appropriately owned up to that mistake,” Ford Sr. said in a statement, according to the Detroit News. “As he continues to seek professional assistance for this problem, the Lions will support and help him in any way possible. I continue to have full confidence that Tom will positively lead our organization as he has since assuming his current role of team president. He has all my support.”
According to the Detroit News, the NFL is aware of Lewand’s arrest but team spokesman Bill Keenist wouldn’t comment when asked about possible discipline that Lewand is facing.
In an e-mail, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to the Detroit News that the league’s personal conduct policy “applies to all NFL employees.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Cardinals – Joey Porter, 3/2010
Source: Bakersfield Californian
Joey Porter arrested on DUI, battery charges
Saturday, Mar 27 2010 06:47 PM
NFL star Joey Porter of Bakersfield was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Porter could not be reached for comment.
The incident began at about 1:20 a.m. when officers made an enforcement stop in the Taco Bell parking lot at Hageman Road and Calloway Drive in Bakersfield, a CHP news release said. It said Porter, a friend of the subject who was stopped, also stopped behind the CHP patrol vehicle.
While an officer contacted the person originally stopped, another officer contacted Porter and smelled alcohol, the release said. It said the officer asked for Porter’s license, but Porter wouldn’t give it to him. The officer ordered Porter to get out of the car, the CHP said.
Porter began to roll up the driver’s-side window, the release said, and the officer reached into the vehicle and lifted the unlock button. It said Porter slapped his hand on top of the officer’s hand to keep the door lock button down and the officer grabbed Porter’s arm and pushed it back into the inside of the vehicle.
Porter opened the vehicle door and got out of it “in a confrontational manner,” the release said. The officer directed Porter to the ground, the release said, but Porter wouldn’t. But Porter did comply with orders to place his hands behind his head.
Porter was then taken into custody, the release said. Porter’s right-front passenger was also taken into custody on suspicion of being drunk in public, the release said.
The release did not name that person.
The local CHP office said it wouldn’t answer any questions about the incident Saturday. KGET Channel 17 quoted CHP Sgt. Don Clotworthy as saying Porter’s unidentified uncle was the passenger in Porter’s 2002 Mercedes Benz.
KGET said it spoke briefly with Porter’s wife on the phone and she said they have no comment, then hung up.
It said Porter’s charges are misdemeanors.
An 11-year veteran linebacker, Porter signed a three-year, 24.5-million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, $17.5 million of it guaranteed, on March 19.
“The team is aware of the incident,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering all of the facts concerning it and won’t comment further until that’s completed.”
A 1995 graduate of Foothill High, Porter was drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round of the NFL draft in 1999 after playing in college at Colorado State.
Porter was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Steelers and won a Super Bowl with them in 2006.
The Steelers released Porter on March 1, 2007, in lieu of paying him a $1 million roster bonus and he signed a five-year deal with the Dolphins a few days later.
Porter and the Dolphins struggled in 2007-08 but a rejuvenated Porter returned to form the following season. He led the AFC and finished second in the NFL with a career-high 17.5 sacks and played a large role in transforming the 1-15 Dolphins of the previous season into a the 11-5 AFC East champions.
Porter was named team captain last season but apparently fell out of favor with the Dolphins after calling out New England quarterback Tom Brady during Week 9. Porter had no tackles in a loss to New England, was suspended for the next game by Dolphins coach Tony Sparano for undisclosed reasons and was released by the team on March 5.
Porter has held the Joey Porter Boot Camp for the past several years at Foothill High to benefit his alma mater and has also staged golf tournaments to raise money for other Bakersfield-based nonprofits.
Packers – Havner, 3/2010
Packers TE Havner facing DUI charge after motorcycle accident
March 16, 2010 at 08:55 a.m.
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says Green Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner is facing DUI charges after crashing a motorcycle and breaking his shoulder blade.
The patrol says the 27-year-old wasn’t wearing a helmet when he lost control at the end of a cul-de-sac and crashed at about 2:45 a.m. Monday in Grass Valley, his hometown about 55 miles north of Sacramento.
A patrol report says Havner also suffered cuts to the back of his head and left arm, as well as multiple abrasions.
Authorities say Havner was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley and found to be under the influence. He was arrested at the hospital and later transported to Sutter Roseville Memorial Center.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
Browns – Stallworth, 3/2010 (Manslaughter)
Arraignment of Browns’ Stallworth on DUI manslaughter charges delayed
Published: May 21, 2009 at 01:52 p.m.
MIAMI — The arraignment in Miami of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth on DUI manslaughter charges has been delayed until next month.
Donte’ Stallworth, WR
A judge granted prosecutors’ request to delay the arraignment from Thursday until June 4. Prosecutors gave no reason for the delay request and Stallworth’s attorney did not oppose it.
Stallworth has not yet entered a plea to charges that he was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian on March 14. Tests showed Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level was .126, well above Florida’s .08 limit for driving.
The 28-year-old Stallworth faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He is free on $200,000 bail.
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Goodell: Stallworth suspended for season, placed ‘stain’ on NFL, players
Published: Aug. 13, 2009 at 10:01 a.m.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth was suspended without pay for this season Thursday after pleading guilty to killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. He cannot participate in any team activities until his reinstatement after the Super Bowl.
“Your conduct endangered yourself and others, leading to the death of an innocent man,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Stallworth explaining his decision. “The NFL and NFL players must live with the stain that you have placed on their reputations.”
Donte’ Stallworth, WR
Stallworth released a statement Thursday, urging fans not to judge all NFL players based on his actions.
“Commissioner Goodell called me this morning,” the statement read. “Obviously, I am disappointed, but, as I said previously, I accept the Commissioner’s decision. Regardless of the length of my suspension, I will carry the burden of Mr. Reyes’ death for the rest of my life. I urge NFL fans not to judge NFL players or me based on my tragic lapse in judgment. I am a good person who did a bad thing. I will use the period of my suspension to reflect, fulfill my obligations, and use this experience to make a positive impact on the lives of those who look up to NFL players.”
Stallworth struck 59-year-old Mario Reyes on March 14 in Miami. Stallworth pleaded guilty June 16 to DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and was indefinitely suspended by Goodell two days later.
Stallworth drew a 30-day jail sentence and reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the family of Reyes, who was leaving his job as a crane operator when he was struck.
Goodell said he didn’t take into account the sentence in determining that Stallworth violated the league’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
Goodell held a hearing with Stallworth, his representatives and union officials Aug. 5. Goodell also privately met with Stallworth on Monday at the receiver’s request.
“As you recognized both at and following the hearing, guilt or innocence as a matter of criminal law is not the same as a violation of NFL policies,” Goodell wrote.
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Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns in 2008. He received a $4.5 million roster-signing bonus the night before the crash. He will lose the remaining $745,000 on his contract for 2009.
Browns coach Eric Mangini wouldn’t say whether he was open to bringing Stallworth back next season.
“In terms of that, in terms of what the future holds, there’s really no decision that’s been made, there’s no timetable that’s been set,” Mangini said. “The focus is on what we have to do here, the players that are here, and that’s really the direction we’re headed.”
This was Goodell’s second high-profile disciplinary decision in the last three weeks. On July 27, he conditionally reinstated Michael Vick after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback served 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring.
Police said Stallworth had spent the night drinking at a Miami Beach club and had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida’s .08 legal limit. Besides jail time, his sentence included two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and other restrictions.
Prosecutors have said surveillance video showed Reyes running across MacArthur Causeway and being hit by Stallworth’s 2005 Bentley. On a recorded 911 call, Stallworth said that Reyes “came out of nowhere.” A police report said Reyes was rushing to catch a bus home.
Stallworth also has played for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. His first year with the Browns was marred by injuries. He hurt his leg in training camp, sidelining him for most of the season.
When the Browns signed Stallworth in 2008, they hoped he could be a complementary No. 2 receiver and take pressure off Braylon Edwards. But Stallworth never got going because of the injury and made just seven starts. Edwards spent the season dropping important passes, and Cleveland finished 4-12.
Once it became apparent that Stallworth could miss time, the Browns signed 12-year veteran David Patten and drafted Brian Robiskie and Mohammed Massaquoi in April to add depth at receiver.
“I can say that I respect the commissioner very much and I respect the process and I respect the decision,” Mangini said. “Our focus, mine and the team’s focus, is on the task at hand and getting ready for the season.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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