A professional football player who played college football in Alabama was arrested and charged with DUI, as well as trying to elude police and other charges.
The man was taken into custody in Mobile County by an Alabama state trooper. Earlier in April, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.
In the DUI case, the player was arrested in the early morning hours after allegedly passing a state trooper while driving his car at approximately 100 mph. Once he eventually pulled over, the trooper suspected he was driving under the influence and took him into custody, but there is no indication on any field sobriety or breath tests being conducted.
After spending about eight hours in jail, the man, 24, was released when he posted a bond for $1,750.
One of the man's veteran teammates said the arrest of this player could likely be attributed to the players being young and acting in an irresponsible manner. He said that life changes when players are new in the league and have money to spend, and that mistakes come with the territory.
The player said other veterans on the squad would need to counsel the young players, advising them how to make better decisions and avoid distractions.
But it's also important for people not to rush to judgment and prematurely convict the man before he's had a chance to defend himself. It's not known if any blood alcohol content tests were performed, and there's no proof that he was actually speeding beyond the officer's account.
Source: The Detroit Free Press, "Lions' Fairley arrested for DUI in Alabama," Dave Birkett, May 27, 2012