The NFL has warned its teams that they will face "significant discipline" in case they violate the league's alcohol policy. The NFL has a strict policy when it comes to the consumption of alcohol. Per the NFL rules, NFL teams are prohibited from having alcohol at team facilities, locker rooms and team planes.
After the Tennessee Titans defeated the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for drunk driving. Shortly after, the NFL sent a warning to its teams.
The NFL sends a warning
“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. 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.
Please direct all further questions on this subject to Management Council of Football Operations," the NFL wrote in their memo to teams. Meanwhile, the Titans released a statement after Downing was arrested for drunk driving.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Todd Downing and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the Titans said. After posting a $2,500 bond, Downing was released. Meanwhile, the Titans enjoyed a great Thursday Night Football.
After beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Titans went to Wisconsin and defeated the Packers 27-17 to improve to 7-3. Following their latest win, the Titans sit comfortably at No 1 of the AFC South division. Since the Titans played on Thursday, they will now have a few more days before their next game.
Next Sunday, the Titans are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. The Titans have been playing well so far this season and they will be looking to earn their third consecutive win when they meet the Bengals.