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Report: NFL wants stiffer DUI punishment

06/12/2012 1:28 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

After seeing three players pinched for drunk driving in the last 10 days, the NFL is reportedly ready to crack down on future DUI offenders.

According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the NFL wants to “increase the penalties” for players who are arrested for DUI, something the league has reportedly been wanting to do for years but hasn’t been able to due to resistance from the players’ union.

Under the current rules, first-time offenders are subject to a fine of one game check (up to $50,000), with further fines and suspensions possible for multiple-time offenders.

A further report by NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Albert Breer said that while NFLPA spokesman George Atallah declined comment on the situation, he did acknowledge that discipline for DUIs is up for negotiation as part of the substance abuse policy.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley had been arrested for driving under the influence and evading arrest in Mobile, Ala., in the early morning hours of June 3, and later that day, Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon was charged with aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Okla., after registering a blood-alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. New York Giants offensive tackle David Diehl was then arrested this past weekend in Queens after driving his BMW into a string of parked cars, and has since apologized.

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