Football fans enjoy getting together to watch a game over beers and food. Whether tailgating at a football game or gathering together at a friend's house, it is part of the game watching experience. Unfortunately for the players, quite a few have been known to enjoy a few drinks as well, right before getting behind the wheel. This has resulted in many football players arrested for driving under the influence.
Only a few weeks into the regular NFL football season and a football player has already been arrested for driving under the influence. In the early morning hours of Monday, October 3rd, Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey was driving his pickup truck when an officer clocked the vehicle traveling at 50 miles per hour in a 35-mile per hour zone. The North Royalton, Ohio police officer put on his lights and sirens and followed Bailey into a parking lot.
Bailey got out of his truck and appeared to be working on his suspension kit. When the police officer told Bailey not to get back into the truck, Bailey appeared surprised and said, “I didn't see you.” The officer reported Bailey had bloodshot and glassy eyes. He reportedly failed several field sobriety tests. Police officers found marijuana inside the truck and evidence of marijuana inside several containers.
Police reported Bailey's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) came in at 0.147, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08% BAC. Bailey was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, drug abuse, failure to comply with a police officer, and was even cited for a cracked windshield.
When players are arrested for drunk driving or other violations, the teams are often quick to come forward denouncing the actions of the player. However, in this case, the team may not be able to claim total innocence. Bailey told police at the time that he'd “consumed several whiskey drinks on the plane ride home from the game in Miami.” That would be the plane of the Cleveland Browns.
Since 2007, the NFL has banned alcohol from all team activities, which would include flights to and from sporting events. If the Browns were serving alcohol on the plane, that may constitute a violation of team rules as well as the National Football League's rules.
Sashi Brown, Executive Vice President of the team released a statement on behalf of the team. “We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Alvin to express our displeasure and extreme disappointment. This is a matter that must be taken seriously and we will comment further at the appropriate time.”
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