Following the unpunished arrests of Steelers RBs Le’Veon Bell (pictured) and LeGarrette Blount, the NFL is trying to put faster-acting penalties in place.
The NFL is reportedly looking into changing the league policy to require an immediate one-game suspension, with pay, following any arrest for drunk driving. The proposal is not player-exclusive and includes coaches, team staff members and league executive as well.
The purpose of allowing for the paid suspension would be to stop automatically taking money from players that intend to appeal the decision.
There have been several high-profile arrests for drunk driving in the offseason: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay received a 6-game suspension and a $500,000 fine for his DUI in March. Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for DUI in the same car. Browns All-Pro WR Josh Gordon was charged with a DUI but has received a full-season suspension for failing a drug test.