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Fred Davis arrested for DUI

Fred-Davis-mug-shotFred Davis can’t get out of his own way. The free agent tight end was arrested for driving while under the influence on Thursday afternoon, just one day after the NFL suspended him indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Davis, who was phased out by rookie Jordan Reed with the Washington Redskins last year, was stopped in northern Virginia at around 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Chuck Carroll of CBS DC reported that police responded to a 911 call of a man slumped over inside a black Rolls-Royce. When officers and EMTs arrived at the scene, Davis allegedly attempted to drive away.

This photo that Deadspin shared supposedly show Davis being taken into custody:

With that, Davis’ NFL career could very well be over. He released a statement on Wednesday blaming his most recent failed test on a banned supplement, but the 28-year-old has hardly earned the benefit of the doubt. Davis was suspended four games in 2011 for failing multiple marijuana tests, though he claims those days are behind him. According to him, the NFL’s system sets you up to fail multiple tests.

In addition to suspensions for failed drug tests and now a DUI arrest, Davis has also admitted that he nodded off during Redskins team meetings. Who would sign this guy?

Fred Davis blames banned substance for failed test, suspension

Fred Davis RedskinsFred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and the free agent tight end is (of course) blaming a banned substance for his latest failed test.

Here’s what Davis said in a statement:

““I would like to clarify the circumstances that resulted in my current suspension. In the past, I made the mistake of knowingly ingesting a banned substance. For over two years, I’’ve worked very hard to eliminate marijuana from my life, and I have not had a positive test for it since 2011. Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances. The NFL Policy is strict, and not knowing that a supplement might contain a banned substance doesn’’t excuse a violation of the policy. I’’ve worked closely with the NFLPA and NFL to resolve this violation, and I will be permitted to apply for reinstatement in the fall. I look forward to staying in football shape, remaining in compliance with the NFL policy, and having a chance to get back on the field to contribute to a team’s success next season.””

This is Davis’ second suspension, so it’s hard to keep believing his excuses. He was suspended four games in 2011 for multiple failed marijuana tests, as he noted in his statement.

Davis is the same guy who represented himself in a bizarre court case with an alleged “pimpette,” and he admitted last season that he nods off during team meetings. He had 7 catches for 70 yards last season. Who would sign him now? His career is probably done.

Fred Davis admits he has ‘nodded off’ during team meetings, wants to be traded

fred-davis-redskinsWashington Redskins tight end Fred Davis is a talented former second-round draft pick who has had an issue with staying out of trouble since he entered the NFL in 2008. A talented athlete who once seemed on the verge of a breakout, Davis has failed multiple drug tests and given embarrassing excuses for it. Now, he is slowly being phased out by rookie tight end Jordan Reed.

But that’s OK. Davis’ decreased work load has allowed him to catch up on rest. On Wednesday, the 27-year-old told Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports that he has fallen asleep during team meetings before.

“I’ve never slept through a whole meeting, but I’ve nodded off,” Davis admitted. “I mean everyone nods off. It’s dark in there. You nod off. You wake up — go get something to drink and go back. I’ve done that.”

I’m sure Mike Shanahan appreciates that. Reed has suddenly emerged as Robert Griffin III’s favorite target, and the Redskins aren’t running an offense that can support two pass-catching tight ends. Davis is aware of that, which is why he was hoping to be traded prior to the deadline earlier this week.

“If I was on another team, you’d see what I can do,” he said. “It’s frustrating not to be out there because I know there are plays I could make. I just want to play. I like it here. I was drafted here. But at the same time, I want to play. If I can’t play here, then, I’d rather play somewhere else.”

Davis has been inactive the past two weeks. He will lose a $500,000 bonus at the end of the season if he is inactive for five games. When asked if he thought that was a factor in the team’s decision to keep him off the game day roster, Davis said “probably, it’s a business.” Shanahan firmly denied that money has anything to do with it.

“One thing I try to do as a head coach now as compared to when I was in Denver — I don’t look at any of those incentives,” Shanahan said. “I keep myself away from those things. I didn’t know that until I was just told about two minutes ago.”

Davis can frame it any way he wants. Reed simply looks like the better player. And even if he’s not, he certainly has better chemistry with RG3. It is highly unlikely that Davis will be back with Washington next season.

Fred Davis: RG3 is ‘Black Jesus’

Robert Griffin III may not be able to walk on water, but the Redskins quarterback was able to run all over the Vikings on Sunday.

RG3 solidified Washington’s 38-26 win over Minnesota on Sunday with a spectacular 76-yard touchdown run in the final three minutes of the game. The impressive day prompted tight end Fred Davis to dub the quarterback “Black Jesus.”

“You really can’t say much more,” Davis said in a postgame interview with CSN Washington. “He’s Black Jesus right now. He saved us today. He’s a great player. He makes plays. And he did what he had to do on that third down. We’ve been talking about him protecting himself a lot more, but he seen an opening and made a play. And what can you say? I mean, he’s a great player.”

Griffin went 17/23 for 182 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He also ran for 138 yards and two scores, including the 76-yard TD which was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback since Kordell Stewart in 1996.

Washington’s win snapped an 8-game home losing streak, and they were the first team to score more than 23 points against the Vikings defense.

I never had a doubt that RG3 would be a difference-maker for the Redskins. The only thing I worry about him is his ability to stay on the field after taking hits like the one he did last week.

Below you can see video of Davis calling Griffin “Black Jesus”:

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Fred Davis says the NFL’s drug testing system sets you up to fail multiple tests

Fred Davis is one of those players that you look at and think to yourself, “He’ll just never learn.” Last December, Davis was suspended for the remainder of the NFL season after the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed on a punishment for the Redskins tight end for his multiple failed drug tests. The problem with that, Davis says, is that all of the failed tests were based on the same instance of drug use — the weed just wasn’t out of his system yet.

“See the thing is, people are mistaken what that was about and they don’t really know the whole story to that,” Davis explained during an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny. “It wasn’t failed drug tests in a row. See, that’s the thing about it. I don’t try to get into it, because people are all ‘You failed a drug test repeatedly.’ No, they test you every week. So how is weed gonna be out of your system? It’s set up for you to fail.

“So, it’s one of those situations where you guys are all like, ‘Oh, you failed it again and again. No, it was three weeks in a row they test you, and anybody who smokes weed knows that weed isn’t going to be out of your system in a month. So, of course they’re gonna say it’s repeated.”

Isn’t there some sort of magic drink you can buy at GNC for this type of delinquent behavior? The frightening thing is this guy is kind of a lawyer.

As Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog mentioned, we’ll never know if Davis was indeed tested three weeks in a row since the NFL’s drug tests remain confidential. Plenty of players test positive for marijuana use (including nine others at the start of training camp last season) and only fail one time. Does that mean the NFL happened to test them three weeks after they smoked? Or are they just lucky enough that they weren’t tested again until three weeks after their initial test? It’s a nice theory, but Davis isn’t exactly a credible source at this point.

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Fred Davis representing himself in court for bizarre case with alleged ‘pimpette’

The past few months have been pretty eventful for Fred Davis. The Redskins tight end was suspended for the final four games of last season because of a third failed drug test. Now we’re learning that he’s also been involved in a civil court case with a woman who says she was assaulted and harassed by Davis.

Makini Chaka, 33, is suing Davis for allegedly assaulting, harassing and threatening to kill her. She obtained a restraining order against Davis last January. Her suit stems from an incident at a club where she claims Davis dumped juice on her and busted her lip with a plastic drink container. According to the Washingtonian, she is seeking “damages and injunctive relief as a result of [Davis’s] malicious, willful and intentional assault, injurious falsehood and civil conspiracy.”

The gist of the suit is that Davis met Chaka through other football players. Davis’ bodyguard testified that things soured when Chaka flew out to California for Davis’ birthday party and became upset when Davis didn’t pick her up from the airport. They supposedly got into it during Davis’ surprise birthday party last year at a club after Davis and his friends moved from one are of the club to another where Chaka was.

Davis claims he went to notify Chaka that his party would be nearby, and that he did so in a calm, respectful manner. From here is where the story differs.

Chaka responded to Davis by throwing an alcoholic drink in his face. She claims he came up to her cussing and talking aggressively. He responded by dumping juice on her a few minutes later. She ended up with a cut on her lip, which she says came from a drink container thrown by Davis. Incident footage from inside the club tells another story, according to the Washingtonian.

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Redskins’ Trent Williams and Fred Davis Suspended After 3rd Positive Drug Test

Some guys just don’t get it.  There is certain behavior that your average, responsible adult would expect to stop after high school or even college, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.  Take the Washington Redskins’ Trent Williams and Fred Davis, for example.  According to the Washington Post, the NFL has suspended both the tackle and tight end for the remainder of the season after the NFL and NFL Players Association reached a settlement.  Davis and Williams have each failed at least three drug tests since entering the league, two of which occurred since the lockout ended in July.

League sources familiar with the case say that the failed drug tests for both players were for recreational drugs, believed to be marijuana.  Davis and Williams were part of a group of 11 players who failed drug tests shortly after reporting to camp in July.  The fate of the group had been undecided as the NFL and NFLPA sorted out how rules were going to be enforced and if players would receive a “grace period” because of the lockout.  Nine of the players have been let off without facing any punishment, but Davis and Williams made it easy for the NFL to determine their fate when they failed another test after the season began.

The NFL’s substance abuse program says that any player who fails three tests for recreational drugs is to be suspended for a full year, but the grace period allowed the union to negotiate the suspension down to four games and convince the league to treat it as a second offense for each player.

How does this happen?  That’s pretty simple: these are grown men who are too immature to get it.  Either that, or they have a serious addiction that needs to be addressed.  Players can blame the lockout all they want for their injuries or their lack of conditioning, but when you’re an NFL player you don’t need to sit around smoking weed all day because there’s a work stoppage.  If you’re like Williams and Davis and can’t help it or don’t know any better, put some effort into it and figure out a way to avoid getting caught.