The NFL has a problem with alcohol and it seems to be getting worse. Not that this is anything new, but it seems like the NFL can’t go a week without one of its players getting arrested for a DUI or some alcohol-related arrest. Just check Pro Football Talk and see how many times their turd watch actually makes it to seven days. I mean just recently Jevon Kearse got a DUI, Cedric Benson got arrested again, Dwayne Jarrett pleaded guilty to DUI, and Falcons safety Darren Stone got a DUI. That has all happened since June 7. You shocked? Probably not.
This brings me to the point of this post. Jeffri Chadiha recently wrote about Jared Allen‘s continuing battle to stay away from alcohol. The only problem is that in our society it is everywhere you go, especially for NFL players.
“Alcohol is everywhere,” Allen says of life in the NFL. “It’s on the team plane, at off-season golf tournaments. And it’s something that I like to do.”
When Herm Edwards got to Kansas City he decided that he would ban alcohol from all team events, but that still hasn’t always stopped players from drinking at them. Like Boomer Grigsby, for instance.
After arriving in January 2006, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards banned alcohol at team functions. But Grigsby still wound up downing shots of whiskey after every hole of Edwards’ charity golf tournament that summer. Grigsby, it turned out, had been teamed with four local businessmen who were eager to drink with one of the team’s biggest-known partyers.
Jared and Boomer are now in different cities trying to contribute to different teams. It seems that Jared is fighting every day to live life sober, while Boomer is probably still having a little fun. Heck, he lives in Miami. The Vikings are trusting that Jared will stay away from alcohol and any future problems with the law. So far he has done an excellent job and it seems like Jared has figured it out. The NFL might want to start trying to figure it out, too.
Newly-Rich Allen Battles Age-Old Alcohol Problem – ABC Sports