At this time of the year, the overwhelming majority of the conversation concerning the National Football League is dedicated to the hunt for the playoffs and the players who are most deserving of certain coveted awards. However, a fatal drunk driving accident involving two players from the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend has led many people to start talking about whether NFL personnel, coaches and players are doing enough to combat alcohol abuse.
No stranger to traffic violations, earlier this week actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York City, for yet one more incident involving the operation of a motor vehicle. The incident in this case took place in an alley near the popular Dream Hotel. As she parked a Porsche SUV, she reportedly hit a pedestrian who then fell to the ground. Though after parking, both Lohan and her companion looked the vehicle over, neither made a move to acknowledge the incident and instead headed to a nightclub.
Much of the Tri-State area is abuzz this morning over reports that two New Jersey State Police troopers have been suspended without pay amid allegations that they provided a speeding caravan with an unauthorized police escort last month.
Both Mets fans and Yankees fans are anxiously awaiting the end of spring training, counting down the weeks until the two teams pack up their gear to leave Florida and come back to New York to start the regular season. In fact, while most of us tend to think of spring training as something to be endured rather than enjoyed, it has produced some rather notable headlines this year. Just last weekend, for example, a member of the Mets was arrested on DUI charges in Florida.
Last month, our blog reported on how the New York Public Library was officially doing damage control after Dr. Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed library president - was charged with DUI.
Most problems concerning the New York Public Library likely have to do with funding, overdue fines, loud patrons or perhaps even stolen books. However, the revered institution is currently dealing with a bona fide scandal after its head official was arrested for DUI last weekend.
Most National Football League (NFL) fans know Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson for his pure speed and punishing style of play. However, police in a Minneapolis suburb - looking to tackle a statewide problem - put the brakes on Peterson earlier this week, issuing him a traffic violation for failing to wear a seat belt.
When it comes to the sport of NASCAR, drivers reaching extreme speeds is not only permissible but encouraged. However, the same certainly cannot be said for life outside of the track, as this type of driving can result in a large speeding ticket, a fine and even license suspension.
Football fans here in New York City and across the nation were undoubtedly overcome with happiness when the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) announced that they had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this week. Now that the season is officially scheduled to start, teams will be scrambling to sign free agents, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards who made headlines just last week after pleading guilty to DWI/DUI-related charges in a New York City courtroom.
The green grass of the field. The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The sound of police sirens? After yet another DUI-related arrest of a professional baseball player last week, both fans and safety groups are wondering if Major League Baseball (MLB) is doing enough to combat alcohol abuse among players and personnel.