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Wednesday Open Thread: Should The NFL Punish Players More For Legal Issues?

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Super Bowl champion David Diehl is just one of many players to have had some trouble with the law this offseason.
Super Bowl champion David Diehl is just one of many players to have had some trouble with the law this offseason.

Something that we seem to hear about more than anything else every offseason are players getting into trouble. Specifically, many players seem to acquire a misdemeanor in the form of a DUI. According to Mike Florio, three palyers have been arrested over the past ten days as a result of drunk driving.

Florio notes that the NFL has been chomping at the bit to levy stiffer punishments against players for these kinds of offenses, but to no avail. The players association, according to the NFL, has put their foot down and will not allow them to use more power.

Now, in all fairness, if the NFLPA is asking for a neutral judge to determine the type of punishment, then that is something that the NFL should accommodate. There has to be some sort of checks and balances to the amount of power the NFL can wield.

But now I ask you: Should the NFL be granted the power to punish players for DUI's and other similar crimes? Does the NFLPA have a good point in not allowing them to make their own rules? How would you punish a player that acquires a DUI?

Let your voice be heard in the comments section.