Union says NFL wants DUI policy change
NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ union says the NFL has asked for the right to immediately suspend players who are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
NFL Players Association executives told The Associated Press on Friday that the league’s proposal to increase penalties for DUI offenses includes a provision to suspend or discipline a player before the completion of his legal due process.
“They want to immediately discipline for an arrest,” said George Atallah, the NFLPA’s assistant executive director of external affairs.
Such a policy change would also go for coaches, owners and league staff.
“We prefer to discuss these issues directly with the union,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.
Atallah also noted that progress has been made on possible testing for HGH as well as other areas of the drug program. The union historically has not been interested in focusing on one issue, but on the entire drug policy.
That would make erroneous recent reports that the NFLPA was in hurry-up mode to negotiate changes that would help a specific player, such as Wes Welker. The Denver receiver was suspended Tuesday by the league for four games under the performance-enhancing drug policy.
“There is no artificial deadline,” Atallah said. “A collectively bargained policy we are negotiating is on behalf of all players to benefit the most possible number of players for generations to come.”
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