ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Commanders disciplined a handful of gamers for violating a league rule about ingesting on a staff airplane, however the league will take no additional motion, a supply confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
The NFL despatched a memo to each staff Friday afternoon from commissioner Roger Goodell, reminding them of the rule and that any violations would end in “significant discipline.” After the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Thursday evening, Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for DUI early Friday.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke was among the many handful of gamers proven on video with alcohol following Monday’s win at Philadelphia. On the staff airplane, gamers mimicked Minnesota’s celebration with its quarterback Kirk Cousins by putting chains round Heinicke’s neck. He was proven holding Busch Mild beer.
On Tuesday morning, Washington coach Ron Rivera referred to as the league to tell them his disciplinary plans. He then addressed it in a staff assembly. It is unsure what disciplinary motion he took.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned, “The league reviewed the matter this week and we are satisfied with the discipline administered by the club. There will be no further action taken by the league.”
The Commanders didn’t provide the alcohol, a supply mentioned.
In response to the supply, the memo acknowledged, “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.”
The memo reminded groups that the coverage had been in place for a few years.
“Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the League, its players, coaches and others,” the assertion learn. “Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.
“Every membership ought to be sure that its journey preparations don’t embody offering alcohol service at any time and must also take applicable steps to verify that alcohol (whether or not beer or every other alcoholic beverage) shouldn’t be obtainable at its facility.”
After Monday’s win, Washington’s young players celebrated with gusto in the locker room — blaring music, dancing and singing. While Rivera said he appreciated their energy, he wants them to behave differently after wins.
“We have not arrived by any means,” Rivera said Tuesday. “The most effective factor it exhibits that that is the primary time they have been there. Folks let you know act such as you’ve been there, effectively, I’ll give them a little bit grief for that. I get it. I admire the power and the thrill now we’ve to know, act such as you’ve been there, as a result of now they have been there.”
NFL Community first reported information of the Commanders’ self-discipline.