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Babineaux’s offense

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm with 10 Comments »
August 30, 2008 6:31 pm

The way I am reading the NFL’s substance abuse policy, it looks to me like Jordan Babineaux committed some alcohol-related offense that went beyond a mere arrest.


It is not, if I am reading it correctly, substance abuse. If it was that, he would go through several intervention programs and be suspended for up to four games for a second offense. If it was for a violation of the law with substances other than alcohol, he could be suspended for up to four games.


But with alcohol-related offenses, the policy says the discipline is generally 2/17th of a player’s salary. Babineaux was suspended for one game, but he also was docked another game’s pay. The policy goes on to say: If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances … increased discipline up to and including suspension may be imposed. Discipline for a second or subsequent offense is likely to be a suspension, the duration of which may escalate with each offense.



I spoke with Babineaux’s agent, John Rickert, who declined to be specific about what he did other than to keep referring to it as “the incident.” I had actually informed Rickert that Babs was officially suspended. He didn’t know that the league was going to announce it today, and he said he was actually a little surprised they suspended him because he felt like Babineaux had addressed “the incident” in a satisfactory manner and took steps to make amends.


“It’s a personal matter,” Rickert said. “He dealt with it in a mature fashion. He’s looking toward the future and not dwelling on it. It has made him a better person in the end and he is just looking forward to Week 2 and getting back to the Seahawks.”

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  1. I wonder where this leaves our favorite middle line backer?

    Call A Freakin’ Cab You MORON!!!

  2. I think he should appeal it. If other guys who have been smokin’ the reefer and get suspended 3-4 games and appeal and get it knocked down to 1-2 game why can’t he appeal it and get it knocked down to just fines?

  3. mibuttiznum says:

    it shouldn’t affect tatupu because of the way he handled it. Babs seemed like he was hiding something, maybe that’s half the reason for the suspension.

  4. FLHawker says:

    Ray, I understand your passion for all things Seahawk, but whether you are referring to Lofa or Babs, you are way out of line. Unless you are some sort of deity personified and have never made a poor choice (notice I didn’t say never been caught), you hardly qualify to cast the first stone. These kids are twenty something, rich and famous. They have an occasional opportunity to err. How they respond is a better character indicator than the fact that they made the initial mistake. It’s too early to comment on Babs, but I for one am very proud that Lofa is a Hawk and not just because he is a great athlete. He is also a man and a role model his family and Seahawk’s fans can be proud of!

  5. FLHawker: Thanks for not making a personal attack. That sort of adult behavior is appreciated.

    While your right about my personal life, it’s also true that I don’t earn $5,000,000 a year, live in the public eye, have a team of advisor’s, and know ahead of time the weight of public opinion is against me.

    I said in a different post: “I know these guys are young, have testosterone running out of their ears, and have never been held accountable the way mere mortals are, but wouldn’t ya think they would know not to drive drunk or slap the girlfriend? That sort of behavior never leads to anything good.”

    It’s foolish to think Tatupu, Babs, and Rocky shouldn’t be held to a higher standard than you or I.

  6. Jordan Babineaux is an idiot and has always been an idiot. He stays on the team because his one “big play” per season. But he continues to blow coverage, miss tackles and generally talk and play like an idiot.

  7. FL & Ray: I think you both make good points; nice to see that people can disagree in here without resorting to personal attacks.

  8. nighthawk2 says:

    “Ray, I understand your passion for all things Seahawk, but whether you are referring to Lofa or Babs, you are way out of line. Unless you are some sort of deity personified and have never made a poor choice (notice I didn’t say never been caught), you hardly qualify to cast the first stone. These kids are twenty something, rich and famous. They have an occasional opportunity to err. How they respond is a better character indicator than the fact that they made the initial mistake. It’s too early to comment on Babs, but I for one am very proud that Lofa is a Hawk and not just because he is a great athlete. He is also a man and a role model his family and Seahawk’s fans can be proud of!”

    I just love the way that if someone is a Seahawk they can commit crimes, even crimes that endanger the lives of other people, and it gets whitewashed and excused away. “Hey sure they were driving a car on public road drunk, but they didn’t actually kill anyone (this time) and wow, he makes a a lot of tackles! And, and I’ve got his jersey and an autograph! Hey, boys will be boys and afterall, they’re only twentysomething and we can’t expect them to act like adults, be mature, consider the lives and rights of other people. What the hell, if they don’t want to get killed in their car or walking down a sidewalk they shouldn’t be out when our heroes are driving. Let he who has never endangered others lives on the road with selfish, careless disregard for other peoples lives or bitch slapped their ‘ho cast the first stone.” Stardom and money trump the rights and lives of others every time, especially if they’re “our” stars. Just ask Leonard Little.

  9. FLHawker says:

    Ray, Wasn’t my place to chastise you. My apologies. Unfortunately I can’t erase the post or I would. I got my DWI almost 25 years ago when I was first out of college and had money for the first time. No one was hurt and no damage was done but I learned a very valuable lesson. Since then I have been the designated driver more times than I can count. My point is that we all make an occasional error in judgment. I agree with the NFL’s position on first offenses. I would be much, much tougher on ensuing infractions, regardless of what team the player is on. IMO, players like PacMan Jones, Chris Henry and others should have been thrown out of the league long ago! Lofa’s situation is in many ways a greater teaching opportunity for our children than a player that is squeaky clean throughout their career. My last post on the subject…

  10. FLHawker and Ray,

    Classy exchange. Thank you.

    nighthawk 2. Idiot as always. These are frickin’ human beings jackass. They make mistakes. The last perfect man got nailed to a cross. I’ve made some stupid damn mistakes too and I’m sorry, and I try to be a better man every day based on those mistakes. That’s all you can ask. Lofa did the right thing–you weren’t there to see Rocky Bernard’s issue. Give it a rest.

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