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Calls For NFL To Crack Down On DUIs Increase Following Jerry Brown's Death
Published December 11, 2012
NOT TAKING ADVANTAGE: In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wondered why NFL players "don't take better precautions when it comes to consuming alcohol." NFL players "don't always take advantage of their own privileged life." They have "plenty of money to afford a limo driver or have teammates/friends come get them if they need a ride" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 12/10). ESPN's Ron Jaworski noted the NFL and NFLPA "have a mechanism in place to avoid this type of tragedy. It ends up being the players' choice to use that mechanism and unfortunately, most of the players choose not to use it" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/10). However, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported some players "do take advantage" of the car service provided by the league. The NFLPA estimates that 55-60 players "per month utilize the confidential service during a 12-month calendar year" (“Monday Night Countdown,” ESPN, 12/10).
STICKING AROUND: REUTERS' Simon Evans wrote the "tragic, unrelated deaths" of Brown and Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher "may have triggered fresh debate about the behavior of some of the sport's competitors, but has done nothing to harm the game's enormous popularity in the United States." Even after "the latest violent deaths there was no indication fans were turning away" (REUTERS, 12/10). NBC’s Bob Costas last night appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” and said the NFL “is at a crossroads because there’s an issue about the fundamental nature of the game." Costas: "It’s so popular and so profitable, but it takes a tremendous toll on many of those who play it. Not just body, but as we’re now learning, mind and emotions” ("Piers Morgan Tonight," CNN, 12/10).