The NFL prohibits alcohol on crew planes or buses.
However, two high-profile alcohol-related incidents took place this week, and the League is examining how to deal with the consequences.
On Monday, after the Washington Commanders’ upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Commanders drank beer in the crew planeand their quarterback Taylor Heinicke was taped with beers in hand and cans beside him.
According to sources, the commanders have contacted the League and said they would do so internally takes care of the discipline of the athletesincluding the imposition of fines on at least one player.
While Washington’s action satisfied the NFLit wasn’t enough to deter other teams from violating the alcohol policy.
Titans Todd Downing arrested
On Friday, after Tennessee’s win over the Green Bay Packers, Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing has been arrested for suspected DUI and speeding.
Downing was pulled over shortly after arriving in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which only hints Alcohol was also served in the crew aircraft.
The NFL is once again focusing on alcohol policy
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel declined to comment to this topic.
On Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams reminding them of the league’s alcohol policy:
“In light of recent events, clubs are being reminded of this League policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, practice or office facilities or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the preseason, regular season or postseason,” the statement said. “This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team.
“This policy has existed for many years. The provision of alcohol at club facilities or when traveling poses significant and unnecessary risks to the league, its players, coaches and others. Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and leads to considerable discipline.
“Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include the provision of alcohol at any time and should also take appropriate measures confirm that alcohol (regardless of whether it is beer or another alcoholic beverage) is not available at his facility. Please direct any further questions on this matter to the Management Council or Football Operations.”