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.”