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NFL players are no strangers to run-ins with the law and data analysis from New York Times shows that DUIs are the most common reason for arrest in the league. From 2000 to 2014, there have been 202 instances of DUI arrest among NFL players. In fact, just a few months ago we talked about former NFL player Braylon Edwards’ extreme DUI case. Yet again, we see another instance of an NFL player facing legal and professional consequences of a DUI. This time it’s Arizona Cardinals starting tackle Bobby Massie in the NFL doghouse for his trouble with the law. Massie was arrested the day before the Superbowl right here in Tempe, AZ. Read along to find out more about Massie’s case and DUIs this upcoming football season.
Bobby Massie is now facing the consequences of his DUI on his athletic career. His violation of league’s substance abuse policy is causing Massie to be suspended for three games. Massie is currently appealing the NFL’s suspension, but if the suspension stands, he will miss games against the Saints, Bears, and 49ers. The NFL player was arrested at the Cardinals’ practice facility here in Tempe, AZ on January 31, the day before the Superbowl. According to the police report, Massie was booked on two DUI charges. He was charged with a DUI and also a DUI with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08.
Massie’s career in the NFL began after he was drafted in the fourth round of 2012 draft. He started as a rookie at right tackle in all 16 games. Massie was replaced in 2013 starting lineup by Eric Winston and then rejoined the lineup last season. Last season Massie was ranked the 42nd tackle. With the season off to a rocky start already due to his three game suspension, Massie will have a lot of pressure to perform well. Many anticipate Massie to be a sought-after free agent after his contract expires this season.
It’s no surprise that there seems to be a spike in DUIs during football season. Beer and football is typically the ultimate combo for many NFL fans out there. A study from the US National Library of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health takes a look at the impact the college football season has on DUIs. The study found that there were approximately 70 alcohol-related arrests on Sundays with football games compared to 12 arrests on Saturdays. Arrests also tended to occur in areas closer to the football stadium. With all this considered, how can you avoid a run-in with the law this upcoming football season? Here’re some tips:
As fun as football games are, they can also be a potential risk for a DUI. When you go out to the football stadium or a friend’s house to watch the game, save yourself the trouble and avoid a DUI. If you happen to find yourself with a DUI, you should have a legal expert for the best outcome possible. he Weingart Firm, PLLC in Tempe, AZ provides expert legal representation and defense for those charged with DUI in Arizona.Contact our office today for a free case review and consultation with Arizona’s premier DUI defense attorneys at The Weingart Firm, PLLC in Tempe, AZ.