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Football Players Caught Drinking and Driving in the Off-Season

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Jul 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

It has been almost 6 months since Peyton Manning and the Denver Bronco's won Super Bowl 50. In a couple of weeks, a new NFL season will start up again. During that break, many players enjoyed their time off the field, spending time with their families. However, other players got busted for drinking and driving. In addition to the criminal penalties, some players may also be facing sanctions as a result of their DUI arrest.

Recent Super Bowl champ, and Denver Bronco safety Shiloh Keo called his recent DUI arrest baloney, in so many words. Keo was arrested by law enforcement in Ada County, Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving. Police camera footage shows Keo's reaction to the arrest after he was stopped for a broken taillight. “Driver's side tailight, get the f--- out of here,” said Keo. “This is why America is the way it is.”

Keo continued his complaint, saying he planned to take his case to the President. “Hey Obama, I can't wait to meet you bro. Tell you about this bull----. Exactly why we have riots throughout the country, because of this bull---.” The police camera footage appears to confirm that his taillight was out.

Keo maintained his innocence, betting his entire NFL earnings that he was telling the truth. Keo is paid an annual salary of $760,000. Instead, when his case went before the judge, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. He will get one year's probation without jail time, a suspended license, and pay a fine of $952.50.

Even though former Baltimore Raven, Bernard Pierce was arrested for a DUI last year, he will begin this season with a two-game suspension. The New York Jets signed running back Pierce to their roster, though he won't start the first couple of games after the NFL announced Pierce's suspension in May. The suspension stems from his DUI arrest in 2015. Pierce was pulled over for speeding just before 2 a.m. After failing field sobriety tests, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

While in the police car, police camera footage shows Pierce asking for special consideration. He asked officers if the incident could be kept “off the books.” He also asked officers if they knew what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI, correctly predicting that he'd be cut from the team. He spent a year with Jacksonville, and now has a chance at playing for the Jets.

If a loved one is arrested on suspicion drinking and driving, contact a DUI defense lawyer who has dedicated their legal career to defending people facing DUI charges in the East Bay. With over 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a conviction can affect your future, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing charges of driving under the influence, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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