REPORT: VINCENT JACKSON ARRESTED FOR DUI
Posted by Mike Florio on January 6, 2009, 3:01 p.m. EST
We’ve been hearing rumblings all afternoon regarding rumors of Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
Now, XTRA 1360 in San Diego is reporting, with confirmation from the authorties, that Jackson has indeed been arrested. (10News.com has a link, too.)
Jackson’s status for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh currently is unknown.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams do not have the authority to discipline players for alleged criminal conduct involving alcohol or substances of abuse. Instead, the league office has the exclusive ability to mete out punishment after the legal matter is resolved.
This hasn’t stopped teams from imposing discipline, however. During the 2008 season, the Steelers deactivated receiver Santonio Holmes for one game after he was cited for marijuana possession, and the Colts cut defensive tackle Ed Johnson after a similar offense.
With the Chargers likely to be without running back LaDainian Tomlinson (groin) for Sunday’s game, we’d be shocked if the team tries to take a stand on principle over this one — especially since doing so technically runs afoul of the league’s agreement with the union.