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Old 05-13-2008, 09:57 PM   #16
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Re: Why Is This So Common Among NFL Players Now?

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This should just be about Tatupu, not a larger indictment of NFL players. That's unfair to all the players that have never run amok of the law.
Well, the question was about the league as a whole.

That said, I don't think it's more prevalent than in the rest of society. I think DUIs fill up a good part of the docket in most courts.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:58 PM   #17
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Agreed.. but maybe we need to think about charcter more, as well as talent when we draft!
NFL teams are definitely giving "character" a lot more weight in their player evaluations. This seems to be an isolated incident for Tatupu though
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:04 PM   #18
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Re: Why Is This So Common Among NFL Players Now?

As for Tatupu specifically, check out this calculator:
Intoximeters Drink Wheel / Drink Calculator for Breath Alcohol Testing / Breathalyser / Breathalysers / Screener / DUI / DWI / Ask DOTti

According to that, at 242 lbs, he would have to drink 12 beers in 2 hours to blow .15. However, this was at least 1.5 hours after he stopped drinking, so it was probably more than that. Any non-idiot should know that you can't drink half a case and then hop in the car.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:11 PM   #19
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I love the NFL. IMO, there is no better sport. I would love to be able to say its the best organization harboring the best sport on the planet... but this just keeps happening. Baseball's got its steroids, Basketball's got its high school dropouts and crybabies, and hockey, well, no one watches hockey. The NFL is getting the image that its full of thugs, and drunk drivers. Tatupu may have been an isolated incident, but so was Benson, Tank Johnson, D. Rhodes, Chris Henry......... you all get the picture! Come on guys, you are making the whole organization a laughing stock!
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:26 PM   #20
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Re: Why Is This So Common Among NFL Players Now?

Also, the word "now" seems out of place in the title. I mean I don't believe it's common, but players getting arrested for drunk driving or worse has been going on for decades
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:27 PM   #21
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zzzzzz...

Matty had it right. Show me some evidence that the NFL players are any different than the general population in terms of incidence rates for things like drunk driving.

Doesn't excuse it, and it's crappy behavior for sure. But to say the NFL has an image problem is to say that our society as a whole has an image problem. They're no different than the rest of us.
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What a dumb ass!
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:03 PM   #23
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According to the states, DUI rates are around 15% nationwide. That would put it at 300 for the NFL to meet the average.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:26 AM   #24
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at my workplace (which is very strict on dui's) its close to a 0.5% dui rate...
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Once again, I have my doubts that his is a new trend, but we hear about it more now because of the internet. Similarly, the police probably don't let players get away with this sort of thing as much as they used to.
i agree. now, if they do, and are caught, they usually face some kind of punishment. even lose their jobs. i cant understand why, most of these athletes have some sort of " posse", they do not use a designated driver. pure stupidity
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:18 AM   #26
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I'm very conscientious about drinking & driving, but I haven't always been. I took my chances in my 20s simply because I was out somewhere, drank more than I intended to while having a good time, and then all of a sudden it's closing time & you have to drive home. I can't blame Tatupu any more than so many other young people. I'm not saying he doesn't know better, but age & lifestyle make him no different from anyone else.

Yes, he could arrange drivers, cabs, etc. In the future I'll bet he plans a night out better.

On a side note, the real problem is that in the U.S. everybody wants to drive themselves, suburban development has made driving a necessity, and there are only a small no. of places left where one can live well w/out a car. Lots of other countries drink as much as we do but don't have the same drunk driving problems simply because people aren't driving.
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I'd be willing to bet a good number of us have driven after having a few drinks.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:40 AM   #28
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I'd be willing to bet a good number of us have driven after having a few drinks.

I'd be willing to bet you're correct. In most cases, people who take the chance driving under the influence never believe they'll be stopped. The affect of alcoholic beverages can cloud judgement, and render good decision making a problem.

Bottom line though, they just don't think they'll be caught.
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Because it's common in society?
Correct. Plus, because it ALWAYS makes the news when a pro athlete does it.

If you had reports from your local news every time anyone in your town drove drunk, you'd ask the same question about your town as you just did about NFL players.
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It's really doesn't get more simpler than that. A cab is not that expensive...

True..so true. I know for a fact, that's I've been way to drunk to drive several times, and I did it anyway. Short story why I quit doing it.

A couple of years ago, I was stationed in MCAS Cherry Point, NC. There's nothing in the town, just a small decalate place. About 20 miles East was the nearest Wal-Mart. A Marine E-6 was driving to wash his truck about 1:45 pm, and struck an individual riding a bike(in a bike lane) who was traveling the opposite way the Marine was. The E-6 was drunk, and blew a .18 on the BAC machine.
The person that was hit and killed just happened to be another Marine who had graduated boot camp 15 days prior. He was given a ride to Wal-Mart to buy a bicycle, and chose to ride home for the exersice.
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