NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams, warning them of “significant discipline” if they are found to violate the league’s policy against alcohol not only at team facilities but also while traveling in team planes and buses.
Goodell issued the warning after Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for DUI following their win over the Green Bay Packers during Thursday Night Football.
“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. This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team,” Goodell said in his statement, as per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
“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”
Aside from the Downing situation, the Washington Commanders were also found drinking alcohol on their flight back from their Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Photo courtsey of USA Today Sports