Titans Assistant Coach Arrested For DUI
You hear more about players being arrested for DUI than coaches. For players, there is a viable excuse. Many of these men come from lower- and middle-class families and for the first time in their lives, they have large amounts of money to spend. And they’re young. Some of them come into the league in their early 20’s and retire by the time they’re 30. So when an NFL player gets caught driving under the influence of alcohol, we can understand why.
When it’s a coach, there’s a lot less understanding. Nonetheless, the NFL has a single policy dealing with NFL personnel who endanger the public. The coordinator has been charged with DUI and speeding. The NFL is likely to issue some disciplinary action against the coordinator.
The Titans announced that they have a policy of having an on-call driver at all times that players (or coaches) can call for a ride home if they are unable to drive themselves. The coach did not ask for help, in this case, and was caught by officers.
While this may not cost him his job as a coordinator with the Jaguars, it could prevent him from acquiring a head-coaching position in the future. It will certainly be a black mark on his record and a consideration for any team that wants to upgrade at head coach.
Do celebrities get better deals than the general public?
It’s fair to ask whether or not celebrities, football players, and other notable folks get better deals than the general public when it comes to DUI charges. The answer is ‘no’. They usually don’t. They have more money to defend themselves from the charges and they may not face jail time to avoid probation, but in Florida at least, the rules are pretty standard and applied uniformly. That doesn’t mean that backroom dealings don’t happen. It only means that they aren’t the usual course of action and celebrities are unlikely to be afforded a free pass just for being famous.
One example of a celebrity football player who caused a death while intoxicated is Leonard Little. Little was charged in Missouri after killing a woman while driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter as the state does not have a DUI manslaughter statute. Under the law, Little could have been sentenced to as long as three years, but the sentences for DUI manslaughter convictions have risen a great deal in the past 30 years since Little’s conviction.
In Little’s case, he was required to do 90 days in a workhouse and given 4 years probation. As a requirement of his probation, he was not allowed to drink. He paid out a civil settlement to the family of the woman killed. However, he was arrested again for DUI years later.
90 days of jail time is a little light for a DUI manslaughter conviction, but today, Florida rules require prosecutors to sentence someone to a minimum of four years if they plead guilty to the charge. It is unlikely that a prosecutor would lose Little’s case in front of a jury. Even if he took a plea for DUI manslaughter, he would have been sentenced to four years.
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