Quantcast

Broncos, McDaniels Handle D.J. Williams’ DUI the Right Way

By now you’ve probably heard about Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams being arrested for a DUI on Friday morning — his second in five years.  Considering he’s a repeat offender, Williams will likely be in plenty of trouble with the law as well as the NFL and his team.  On Saturday, the Denver Broncos released a statement informing the public that Williams has been fined as much as the CBA allows, will not start on Sunday, and is no longer a team captain.

Every DUI should be handled the way Josh McDaniels and the Broncos organization are handling the Williams situation.  Denver (2-6) has not had a very successful season thus far, but Williams is an enormous component of their defensive scheme.  He’s a tackling machine and a leader on the field.  Clearly the same can’t be said of him off the field.

Rather than bench Williams for a quarter and take no other action like the Jets did with Braylon Edwards, the Broncos are doing everything they can under the current CBA to punish him.  Stripping a captain of his title mid-season is extremely rare and it’s good to see a coach who isn’t afraid to go there if the player’s behavior warrants it.  Williams’ will likely be more concerned about what the law holds for his future, but I commend the Broncos for cutting him down as much as they can until the situation is sorted out.

New, Must Read Details From Damon Evans Arrest

After we posted on Thursday about Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans being arrested on charges of a DUI, new details about the story were released, as is always the case.  Sports by Brooks — who has been all over this thing since it broke — released two follow-up stories about the incident on Friday.  The first informed us that Evans had a 28-year-old female passenger with him at the time of his arrest, who he later said was a friend of his named Courtney Fuhrmann (pictures of her below).

Evans is married with two children, but I decided to let that slide for the time being and see if it gained anymore steam.  Boy, did it ever.  Brooks’ second follow-up provides some extremely embarrassing details that will probably result in Evans losing his wife on top of his job. Here are the best snip-its from the report, as told by Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The passenger in Evans’ 2009 BMW, 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, was being “very loud and obnoxious and was obviously intoxicated,” Cabe wrote. Fuhrmann, who Evans called “just a friend” at a press conference Thursday afternoon, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He told the trooper “there was nothing there” between him and the Buckhead woman, “because he had a wife and family.”

The trooper, who noted that Evans had a pair of red panties in between his legs, asked the athletic director “what her panties were doing in his side of the seat. He stated, ‘She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.’ “

[Read more...]

Latest DUI: Georgia AD Damon Evans

Allow me to start by once again reiterating that there’s nothing humorous about driving a vehicle while under the influence.  It’s actually kind of sad how obvious it is that these sports figures feel untouchable, resulting in them driving around in the condition we see Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans in to the right.  However, his mugshot could be one of the funniest I’ve ever seen.  Judging by his face, it was probably a good idea on his part to refuse the breathalyzer. We’ll have to wait for the traffic stop video to throw Evans into the competitive mix with the likes of Tony La Russa and Tom Lewand, but if his mugshot is any indication of his BAC he could give them a run for their money.

Sports by Brooks has come across a comical twist to this particular DUI arrest.  You know how when you go to a game there’s always some sort of player or coach on the video monitor as the messenger for a public service announcement to drink responsibility, not drive, behave, yada yada yada?  That guy for Georgia Bulldogs football happens to be none other than Damon Evans.  Check out the video of Damon Evans DUI prevention public service announcement:

Quality, quality stuff and a great find as usual from Brooks.

Source:
Video: Georgia Athletic Director Drunk Driving PSA [SPORTS by BROOKS]

NFL Should Discipline Lewand for DUI

On Friday night, Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand was arrested for drunk driving. Lewand was on his way home from a golf outing hosted by a former Lions player. As you can see in the Tom Lewand DUI video, he failed the field sobriety tests and when he finally agreed to take the breathalyzer test it showed that he was over twice the legal limit to drive. Yeah, that’s smart.

Now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that Lewand may face disciplinary actions for violating the personal-conduct policy. Excuse me, but he may face discipline? This shouldn’t even be a question — he should be disciplined. Goodell keeps reminding us that it’s not just players who can violate this policy so I don’t even think there’s a question.

Lewand apologized and said he was “deeply sorry” his actions. Well I’m deeply disgusted. Are you telling me that you don’t have money for a taxi to drive you home? Are you telling me there wasn’t someone sober who could have driven you home? It’s not only embarrassing to Lewand, but to the Detroit Lions’ franchise as well. On top of the embarrassment, let’s not forget who dangerous it can be to drive drunk. And this is the man who is supposed to be a leader within the organization? The man who’s supposed to set an example for the players and employees to follow? This is a man who is supposed to make decisions that are best for the team and the city of Detroit, but he can’t even make a good decision for himself.

It’s pretty clear that Lewand deserves some sort of punishment from Commissioner Goodell. It would be an example of hypocrisy if no action is taken.

Sources:
Goodell Confirms Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand Could Face NFL Discipline [USA Today]

Tony LaRussa vs. Tom Lewand: Who Was More Drunk?

Now this is what I call fun.  Don’t take that the wrong way — there’s nothing fun or funny about driving a vehicle while under the influence.  But getting the opportunity to compare the DUI traffic stop videos of two prominent sports figures?  That’s a good time, so let’s get to it.  Today’s match-up features long-time St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who was arrested for a DUI and struggled with the alphabet roughly three years ago, and Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand, who was arrested for a DUI last Friday.

Let’s see if you can help me figure out who was more drunk at the time of their arrest.  Let’s just say both men handle themselves differently while under the influence, which tends to be the case with a lot of people.  First, have a look at the Tony La Russa DUI traffic stop video, paying close attention to his attempts at reciting the alphabet and walking in a straight line:

[Read more...]

Kevin Grady Drives Drunk, Sleeps at Wheel, Can’t Spell

This is easily one of my favorite stories of the year. Normally I take a pretty harsh stance on DUIs, but I think I can overlook Kevin Grady’s drunk driving charge in the interest of impregnable humor. Deadspin shared Grady’s comedic story, and boy, is this a good one:

Grady was given a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.281 — more than three times Michigan’s standard for drunken driving.

The officer also wrote that Grady was off-balance and unable to recite the alphabet, with Thompson quoting Grady as saying “O, R, S, J, L, P.” Thompson said he asked for a number between 12 and 14, and Grady answered “15.” And when asked whether Mickey Mouse is a dog or a cat, he answered “dog.”

Now aside from it being ridiculously funny, you might be asking yourself what it has to do with sports. Well apparently Grady’s Rich Rodriguez’s responsibility as a football player at Michigan — not that it really matters. Asked if Mickey Mouse was a dog or a cat he answered dog? I thought the answer was built into the question? Easily the best story of the year. Easily.

Marcus Vick Avoids the Spotlight

It’s almost like a law. If you are a member of the Vick family, you must have a brush with local authorities at least once a year or they remove you from the lineage and strip you of your last name. Marcus Vick continued to prove why he’s Michael’s younger brother, getting arrested for DUI on Friday. The best part was that Vick was initially stopped by a bicycle cop because he was having an issue with a female. Showing complete disdain for a bicycle cop — as well he should — he sped off before finally being chased down minutes later.

Not one for bland times, Marcus failed a field sobriety test (apparently he doesn’t talk to Cedric Benson), and was charged with DUI, misdemeanor eluding police, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the word, and driving with a suspended license. That is quite the laundry list of activities. Talk about an exciting Thursday night. And I thought things were bad when he flashed a gun at a McDonald’s to kids who were making fun of him. Boy did I underestimate Mr. Vick. By the way, I wonder what he’s doing to support himself these days.