UPDATE: Goodell Warns League After Downing DUI

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing
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Update:

NFL Week 11 - The NFL sent a memo to all clubs today reiterating that alcohol is prohibited from team facilities and while traveling, applying to all players, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Commissioner Roger Goodell, the author of the memo, also added that making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks, and any violators would be met with "significant discipline."

Original Article:

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Williamson County, Tennessee Friday morning following the Titans' Thursday night win over the Green Bay Packers. 

According to WKRN in Tennessee,  Downing was pulled over by Tennessee Highway Patrol for speeding and was showing "obvious signs of an intoxicant" upon contact. Downing was charged with driving under the influence and speeding. He was booked at 4:30 a.m. and released at 6:45 a.m., according to Titans beat reporter Terry McCormick.

The Titans released the following statement: "We are aware of the reports regarding Todd Downing and are in the process of fathering additional information."

Head coach Mike Vrabel opened his press conference with comments on Downing's arrest, adding that he's been in contact with Downing, Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, Titans general manager Jon Robinson, and the NFL with regards to an internal investigation, according to TennesseeTitans.com's Jim Wyatt

"We all have a great responsibility as members of this community," said Vrabel, via Wyatt.

Comments

8 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2022, 10:20am

#1 by young curmudgeon // Nov 18, 2022 - 3:13pm

"...are in the process of fathering additional information."  and I'm sure you're enjoying it, but what are you doing about the coach being arrested?

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#2 by Mike B. In Va // Nov 18, 2022 - 3:53pm

The big question the Titans are trying to avoid is: Did he drink on the team plane or bus? That's strictly verboten in the post-Reid NFL world.

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#7 by IlluminatusUIUC // Nov 19, 2022 - 7:17pm

You'd think the Titans would be especially attuned to this, as franchise legend Rob Bironas died from a DUI crash in Nashville the year they released him.

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#8 by Mike B. In Va // Nov 21, 2022 - 10:20am

The Titans haven't exactly shown great resolve in following NFL policies.

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#3 by ImNewAroundThe… // Nov 18, 2022 - 4:52pm

Hmm, one good game earns googles of grace I guess for some. 

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#4 by LionInAZ // Nov 18, 2022 - 10:42pm

I don't suppose the NFL tests for ayahuasca...

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#5 by mathesond // Nov 19, 2022 - 9:02am

"alcohol is prohibited from team facilities and while traveling, applying to all players"

 

A coach gets charged with DUI, and naturally the memo singles out the players. 

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#6 by Aaron Brooks G… // Nov 19, 2022 - 11:58am

Goodell has proposed moving the NFL to Qatar.

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