Eight NFL players have been charged with DUI offenses since January, according to SportingNews.com.
Now, Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, is pushing for harsher penalties for players who are convicted of driving under the influence, Yahoo! Sports reports. Earlier This week, Goodell issued a memo to the league reminding both players and coaches of the league's policy on drunk driving and the consequences it imposes.
On Sunday, David Diehl, offensive lineman for the Giants, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed his BMW into several parked cars, USA Today reports. Diehl reportedly had a blood-alcohol content that was twice the legal limit. He's been charged with two counts of DUI.
Earlier in the month, Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was charged with aggravated DUI in Oklahoma. Blackmon reportedly had a BAC of .24, three times the legal limit in the state, according to Bleacher Report.
"Clearly, operating a vehicle under the influence of any substance poses a significant risk of injury to the driver and others," Goodell's memo reads. "These risks are underscored by well-known tragedies within the NFL family."
Goodell hopes to beef up the league's penalties for DUI convictions. Under the NFL's current substance abuse policy, players who are convicted of DUI offenses are fined the equivalent of a game check up, according to Yahoo! Sports. The proposed amendment would raise that fine to $50,000. That's a huge chunk of change compared to the maximum $1,000 fine imposed under Georgia's DUI law for a first offense.
In his memo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed concern that the recent DUI incidents have tarnished the league's reputation. "Every negative incident undermines the respect we have earned from our fans, erodes the confidence of our business partners and threatens the continued success of the league," he wrote in the memo.