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Old 07-13-2005, 03:39 AM  
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Warfield - Star Article

Hasn't decided if he'll appeal yet...

By the way, I didn't interject before about the "deserving it" vs NFL is screwing around thread, but do you want your work taking a quarter of your salary because of non-work related incidents?

He is being punished by the legal system and the court of public opinion. He submitted to league policy in regard to this, but some of you are jackasses if you think sitting out games is an effective means of "punishment" for DUI's.

If the NFL did screw up his prior convictions and he should only serve a game or two under the substance abuse policy, he should appeal. If the NFL says its a conduct issue b/c of a felony, he should appeal b/c Jamal Lewis pretty much set a new curve on this one. Not to even mention our boy RIcky "Pass the Dutchie" Williams alleged comeback.

So, in summation: Learn to issue spot without confusing two for one. EW would be a fool to not appeal for the sake of money, his responsibility to the team, the NFL's inequal decision process, and because he's already accepted punishment. This taking it like a man and should sit is bullshit - he owes it to the organization, coaches, team mates, and fans to learn from this mistake and do his best to live up to his responsibilities.


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NFL SUSPENDS CHIEFS CORNERBACK FOR DUI


Warfield to miss first four games


By ELIZABETH MERRILL The Kansas City Star


On Oct. 16, more than a year after he was arrested for his third DUI, Eric Warfield will line up at cornerback again for the Chiefs, his penance finally served.

What happens between now and then is anybody’s guess.

The NFL has suspended Warfield for the first four games of the season, his agent, Craig Domann, said Tuesday. That means the Chiefs will play a brutal first month without their top defensive back from 2004 — a stretch that includes the Jets, the Eagles, and Randy Moss and the Oakland Raiders.

Though the team had prepared to go on without Warfield even before the suspension, coach Dick Vermeil didn’t rule out the possibility late Tuesday that the Chiefs may take another look at free agent Ty Law.

Law, a former Patriots cornerback, visited Kansas City last winter and is still on the market. There are two immediate issues with Law — his surgically repaired foot and his high price tag. The Chiefs spent most of their cap money in the offseason acquiring defensive veterans Patrick Surtain, Sammy Knight and Kendrell Bell.

“I think you always have to keep your eyes and ears open,” Vermeil said. “If I was just going to sign players, I’d sign Ty Law in a minute. But I don’t have to think about the salary cap.”

The Chiefs recently picked up veteran cornerback Ashley Ambrose in anticipation of Warfield’s suspension, and Dexter McCleon, who’s coming back from a shoulder injury, is another option. McCleon was expected to play nickel back this season.

Asked whether McCleon could fill in for a month, Vermeil said, “I’m confident that Dexter McCleon can step in and play 16 games. He had six interceptions (in 2003). This last year he wasn’t as good, but nobody had a good year in the secondary last year.”

With jail time and a possible suspension looming, Warfield managed to produce decent numbers in 2004. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions and returned one of them for a 43-yard touchdown. He had 58 tackles, including 45 solo stops. He’s started 63 of the Chiefs’ last 64 games.

Warfield was coming off a two-interception game against Carolina when he was stopped by Overland Park police in the early morning hours of Sept. 20 for speeding and not staying within his lane of traffic. His blood alcohol was later tested at 0.189 percent, more than twice the limit of 0.08.

He voluntarily checked into Valley Hope Treatment Center in Atchison, Kan., then spent 10 days in jail and 80 days under house arrest.

Warfield will not be paid for the four games he’ll miss, which will be roughly a $750,000 hit to his bank account.

His attorney, Kevin Regan, said he was disappointed in the NFL’s decision.

“I was hoping for a lesser penalty,” Regan said. “Eric’s been a model probationer, he’s been released from house arrest and has done everything and more that has been asked of him. He’s on the right path.”

Regan said it was unclear late Tuesday whether Warfield would appeal the suspension.

“That’s up to Eric,” Regan said.

Warfield was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

“Eric understands and fully accepts the consequences,” Domann said in a statement. “Eric has benefited from this process, and he is a better person, citizen and teammate because of it.”
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Old 07-13-2005, 04:52 AM   #2
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The biggest mistake was not having his attorney push for a speedy trial last November and serving his 4 game suspension in December when the season was already Barteed.
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:04 AM   #3
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Dude shoulda figured it out after the first time he drank and drove. The NFL and the team informs the players what happens if they do it again. After the third time, he deserves whatever punishment he gets, because he's a dumbass...
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:09 AM   #4
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you're not suppose to drive after you have been drinking alcohol because it impairs your judgement. So you can't count on your judgement not to drive after drinking. Warfield should sue the maker of Crown Royal
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:40 AM   #5
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you're not suppose to drive after you have been drinking alcohol because it impairs your judgement. So you can't count on your judgement not to drive after drinking. Warfield should sue the maker of Crown Royal
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:54 AM   #6
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you're not suppose to drive after you have been drinking alcohol because it impairs your judgement. So you can't count on your judgement not to drive after drinking. Warfield should sue the maker of Crown Royal
I know you're just joking around, but IMO this very thing is the fatal flaw in the government's attempts to curb drunk driving. They rely too heavily on drunks making the smart choice, instead of looking for viable options for alternative rides home. But enough of the soapbox.

I think EW should try and appeal and get it dropped. There's not a single one of us that wouldn't try and do what was necessary to lessen the punishment, regardless of how deserving we were. Like Cocina said, he's paid his debt to society. It may be part of playing for the NFL that you have to abide by conduct clauses, but the appeals process is just as much a part, and #44 should use it.
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Old 07-13-2005, 06:59 AM   #7
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Warfield, like all repeat drunk drivers should be spending the next 5 years sitting in a prison and never have the oportunity to drive again.

As much as I like Warfield as a player I can't cut him any more slack than I would anyone else. Until we decide to get really tough on drunk drivers we will continue to see people's lives ruined by them.

I admit that I am a bit prejudiced on this topic, but then I have lost 4 friends in the last two years to drunk drivers. One of them was less than 5 months old...two were under 25 and had been married less than two years and one was a single mom of two kids who's Dad is a complete tramp. None of them were drinking themselves, it was inflicted upon them by a fool he felt it was fine to drink and then get in his car eventhough they had been arrested before...

If you drink and drive, you are a murder waiting to happen...
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:00 AM   #8
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"This taking it like a man and should sit is bullshit - he owes it to the organization, coaches, team mates, and fans to learn from this mistake and do his best to live up to his responsibilities. "


Live up to his responsibilities by partying up in Vegas this past weekend? Lots of rumors running around that he was seen drinking a bit at the Bellagio.
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:02 AM   #9
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Warfield should have pulled his head out of ass, a while back. There is absolutely no excuse to not take a taxi with the kind of money he makes.
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:48 AM   #10
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"This taking it like a man and should sit is bullshit - he owes it to the organization, coaches, team mates, and fans to learn from this mistake and do his best to live up to his responsibilities. "


Live up to his responsibilities by partying up in Vegas this past weekend? Lots of rumors running around that he was seen drinking a bit at the Bellagio.
Sad just Sad if this is true , a friend of mine knows a girl that is good friends with him and she said that while the house arrest he still was drinking and having partys. I hope this isnt true also, i know him and i thank he is a good man and has been giving a 3rd do over and he should learn from that and FLY RIGHT..



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Old 07-13-2005, 12:08 PM   #11
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if he doesn't drive while drinking, and his performance on the field is not affected, it's alright by me if he drinks himself into a stupor for the rest of the offseason...
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:13 PM   #12
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I certainly agree that the NFL needs to take a stand on the issue. The problem is in this case they pissed around until the last minute and now there are few options open to us. They got Ontario Smith done within a month of the Whizzinator incident. Yet it takes 10 months after the incident and several months after the trial for them to suspend him. It should have been done the day after the trial was over.
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Old 07-13-2005, 02:03 PM   #13
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Is there some reason it took the NFL so long to make this decision.


Or was leaving Warfield and the Chiefs in a cloud of uncertainty part of the punishment
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