NFL sends memo to teams threatening ‘significant discipline’ for failing to cooperate with alcohol policy after Titans OC Todd Downing was arrested on suspicion of DUI
- The league stressed all teams should prevent making alcohol available in facilities, on flights, and in locker rooms to players, coaches and other personnel
- After a win on Thursday night, Downing was arrested for speeding and DUI
- The memo stated violating these policies ‘will result in significant discipline’
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The NFL is not-so-gently reminding teams of its rules regarding alcohol after a Tennessee Titans coach was arrested for DUI.
Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was charged with speeding and driving under the influence in the early hours after his team beat the Packers 27-17 on Thursday Night Football.
League officials sent a memo to each team reminding them of their strict rules on teams making alcohol to players, staff, and other personnel.
‘In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that 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 memo wrote.
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding south of Nashville hours after the team’s win over the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Robert Woods (R) extends the ball as he is tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander. Downing’s offense was particularly strong, out-gaining the Packers 408 yards to 271
‘This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team.
‘This policy has been in place for many years. Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the League, its players, coaches and others.
‘Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.
‘Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include providing alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility.’
Downing has a long history in the NFL, previously coaching the Titans’ tight ends after stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Rams
Tennessee Highway Patrol pulled over the 42-year-old Downing in Williamson County for allegedly speeding near the Moores Lane exit along Interstate 65.
The trooper saw clear signs of intoxication from Downing, who was later booked at Williamson County jail at 3:30am on Friday. He would be released hours later after being charged with driving under the influence and speeding.
‘A THP trooper was patrolling Interstate 65 southbound from Moores Lane when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed,’ read a Tennessee Highway Patrol statement provided to DailyMail.com.
‘The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Todd Downing,’ the statement continued.
‘The trooper observed signs of impairment and the smell of an intoxicant coming from the vehicle. Mr. Downing was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. He was booked into the Williamson County Jail.’