On June 10, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to USA Today, he ran into three parked cars on 35th avenue around 8:45 p.m. ET and was arrested after blowing a .182, twice the legal limit.
Diehl, of Croatian decent, was watching the European Championships that evening and celebrated Crotia's defeat of Ireland a bit too harshly. Diehl has always worn his colors proudly—he has a tattoo of the Croatian flag on his arm and was wearing a Croatia soccer jersey when he was released from prison the following day.
But on this day, he let his soccer pride get the better of him, at least I hope that is the answer. For an otherwise model citizen, this seems to be a one-time mistake that will eventually be forgotten.
Per the USA Today article:
"I'm accountable. I take full responsibility," Diehl said. "This is the last thing I want anyone to do is judge me on one incident in my life. If anyone understands the magnitude of this situation, it's me. I never make an excuse for anything; I never have.
"This one decision does not reflect who I am as a person."
Luckily, Diehl is not going to face any suspension from this incident, but he will have to adhere to the legal ramifications. As far as the NFL is concerned, he will be fined one game check, or a maximum of $50,000. Also, per the USA Today article linked above, Diehl will be evaluated by the league to determine if he needs treatment.
I highly doubt that will be the case.
Diehl is not backing down or shying away from this incident. He is taking it like a man and is proving why, until now, his career was not marred by these type of problems.
"All I can do is take this head-on, be accountable, face up to this," he said. "I'm not running, not hiding."
The team should not see any problems from this incident, save for maybe the fact that his court date is scheduled for July 26, the start of Giants' training camp at the University of Albany. I imagine he could get that rescheduled, but if missing one day of camp is the only fallback from this, it should be considered a win. Thank God nobody was hurt during the accident.
Head coach Tom Coughlin stood behind Diehl, who has been with the team ever since Coughlin took over:
"He is a very proud young man, as you know," Coughlin said. "He is very sorry for what happened. I think that he understands it completely and..he is going to be a very, very good spokesperson for trying to help young people understand that his mistake could be avoided in whatever way possible. He is a guy who we have always been able to count on and he will learn from his error."
The best thing a player can get in times like this is the support of his coaches and teammates. Diehl deserves nothing less from Giants players, and they made it clear he is still held in high regard. Chris Snee, who has also been teammates with Diehl his entire career, is able to let this incident go away:
"It was a shock to wake up in the morning and I hear that," Snee said. "Dave has been great for this team and a great friend to me. I asked if he is OK and if there is anything I can do. He will handle this with class and we will move on from this."
This one incident from Diehl might shed light on a growing problem in the NFL. Hearing about players getting arrested for DUIs or DWIs has been more common in recent years. Roger Goodell might have to come up with a measure to prevent this from happening.
Losing that game check hurts, but missing game time would be more significant, and would be a much better deterrent.
As far as the Giants are concerned, other than hearing his sentence from the judge on that July court date, this incident should be in the rear view, and will have no effect on the team moving forward.