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