NY Giants Lineman David Diehl Charged With DWI – Is A Suspension In Order [POLL]
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says Diehl was arraigned on two counts of impaired driving. A judge ordered him to be released on his own recognizance and to return to court on July 26. His license has been suspended.
Police say they got calls about a car accident in Queens around 8:45 p.m. Sunday. When they got there, they found a BMW had struck several parked cars along 35th Avenue.
They say Diehl was behind the wheel. They say he was charged after a breath test showed he was above the legal limit.
“Obviously we are aware of the situation, although we have not yet had a chance to discuss it with David,” the Giants said in a statement. “Since it is an ongoing legal matter, we will refrain from comment at this time, although we will say that David has been an outstanding representative of this organization for the past 10 years, and nobody knows more than David does what is expected of our players both on and off the field.”
And according to another source:
Diehl, whose family hails from Croatia, had come from nearby Scorpio’s on Broadway, where he had been watching Croatia defeat Ireland, 3-1, in the European Championships, officials said.
Diehl enthusiastically tweeted, “Goooooaaaaaallllllllllllllll!!!!!” twice during the contest.He had also tweeted earlier in the day that he was at a charity golf tournament at the Westchester Country Club.
Although no one was injured in the collision, the owner of one of the cars Diehl hit was upset.
Everyone’s saying how he did charity earlier that day,” said Ruth Goldman, whose husband’s Volvo got sideswiped in the collision. “That means nothing if you’re going to be an idiot after that. He had no business getting into that car.
No, Diehl did not have any business getting behind the wheel.
And having followed the football Giants for as long as I have, the team has a history of being extremely responsible with their players and I’m guessing a suspension for David Diehl would be in order.
Football players aren’t heroes…they’re human.
And they’re prone to doing human things.
But when they perform stupid human “tricks” and put a high profile organization like the Giants in a compromising position…the organization has every right to bring some measure of punitive action against the alleged offender, be it a suspension; a fine or both.
The action sends a message that “off the field behavior” such as a DUI will not and should not be tolerated.
After all, while the sport can’t expect all its players to be choir boys, hasn’t the sport had enough “bad boys” to deal with?