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NFL linebacker arrested for second DUI in a year

Many Rhode Island residents are struggling to enjoy the Patriots' return to the Super Bowl this season due to the "Deflategate" scandal that has rocked the team. The Patriots beat the Colts in the AFC Championship game, giving the Patriots a berth in the Super Bowl. However, it was discovered that the Patriots beat the Colts with footballs that were under-inflated -- and provided by the team.

We won't discuss the merits of Deflategate at this time, but the Patriots' opponent in that AFC Championship game is going through some rough times now too, even outside of the context of Deflategate. One of their players was recently caught for driving under the influence. When Andrew Jackson, one of the team's linebackers, was pulled from the car and given a breath test, it was found that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.088.

 

Jackson was arrested for driving under the influence. This marks the second time in a year that Jackson has been arrested for this crime, and the National Football League subjects repeat offenders to harsh punishments for drug or alcohol use. Jackson could be put into a rigorous program that monitors his body for alcohol, and if he runs afoul of the league's program, he could face a long suspension.

While the NFL is a bit of an outlier when it comes to career punishment for a DUI offense, we bring this story up exactly for this point. People who are accused or convicted of driving under the influence could see that the charge carries over to their job. They could lose their job or suffer consequences at their job. It could even make it more difficult to obtain a job in the future.

Source: Indy Star, "Colts' Andrew Jackson guilty of DUI, his 2nd arrest in year," Dwight Adams, Jan. 25, 2015

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