Clarksville Tn – Current Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Josh Brent and former Major League Baseball catcher, and Hall of Famer, Carlton Fisk are the latest of a series of professional athletes who have run-ins with the law after driving and drinking.
Which bring this question to my mind every time it happens – what were they thinking?
For that matter, what does anyone think when they drink and drive?
Now no one should drive after drinking alcohol, but especially athletes who for one have the money to hire drivers, or use services that teams/leagues use to keep this from happening, or some other means other than getting behind the wheel of a car. This past Thursday, Fisk pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI Thursday in Will County (Ill.), while Brent was arrested and indicted on Wednesday on one count of intoxication manslaughter after driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit at the time of the car crash that killed teammate and friend Jerry Brown. And the shame of it all is that neither incident had to happen, but if you think they were isolated acts you would be wrong.
Just in 2012, there have been 15 National Football League players – including big names like Michael Turner (Falcons), Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders) and the Tennessee Titans own Kenny Britt have been arrested on DUI charges. You can also add the NBA’s Jason Kidd and MLB’s Bobby Jenks and Alex Wright among more than a several athletes in their respective sports that were charged with DUIs.
The NFL does provide a no-questions-asked transportation services for players who had too much to drink. It a service that all current and former players can use on a 24-hour-per-day basis and it’s a confidential program, with no connection to the league or any teams, and available to any location in the 50 states or Canada by calling the appropriate 800 number.
The cost … $90 an hour.
Major League Baseball players union has also talked about a service similar to the NFL’s, but as of right now no service is officially in place.
So for $90 an hour there shouldn’t be a problem right?
Plenty of folks, both in football and elsewhere, who earn a lot of money are too cheap to pay $90 per hour for the service. There needs to be more pressure put of professional athletes, and people in general for that matter, to not drink and drive. Until then you will have more players in trouble with the law or in case of Brown – in a funeral.
About Hank Bonecutter
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TopicsAlex Wright, Atlanta Falcons, Bobby Jenks, Carlton Fisk, Darrius Heyward-Bey, DUI, Jason Kidd, Jerry Brown, Josh Brent, Kenny Britt, Major League Baseball, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Turner, NBA, NFL, Seatle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Will County Illinois