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Thursday, May 29, 2014

NFL Players Face Suspension for DUI's

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Professional football players may be seeing some changes to the league's substance-abuse policy, according to CBS Sports. The NFL and the National Football League’s Players Association (NFLPA) are currently working on an agreement that would implement human growth hormone (HGH) testing as well as change the league’s stance on driving under the influence.

If approved, first-time DUI offenders "deemed legally responsible" would face a one-game suspension and a fine of one game check. While it not a major change in policy for DUI offenders, it would be the first time players face a suspension for drinking and driving. Currently, first time offenders are not suspended for driving under the influence, but are fined two game checks.

The NFL and NFLPA are in favor of the enhanced DUI penalty, but that does not mean the enhancement will be approved, according to the report. The new rules for DUIs will only be approved and implemented if the agreement includes HGH testing.

HGH use in the NFL is a major concern and the problem isn’t with agreeing on whether or not players should be tested, but rather who would be in charge with handling the player’s appeals.

The NFL would like the Commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, to have control over appeals of players who break the league’s drug policy in situations where the league didn't test the player. The NFLPA would like players arrested with illegal drugs to go before an independent arbitrator, but the NFL would want Goodell to hear the case.
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