When negotiating a business contract with an employer, do you ever discuss drunk driving charges? Probably not, that is unless you are a player for Major League Baseball. According to reports, MLB heads want to up the standards for players in order to combat drunk driving arrests involving its professional athletes.
This news comes after an MLB player was arrested earlier this week for driving under the influence of alcohol. Sources report that the current labor negotiations going on between players and the organization won’t only deal with pay; DWI policy will also be a focus of the conversation.
Sources indicate that the drunk driving policy will likely mandate that all first-time DWI offenders go through alcohol counseling in order to continue playing in the league. That consequence would be added to whatever sentencing the player will have been given by a court.
Therefore, just because someone is a professional baseball player, he would face punishment for driving drunk from two places – the legal system and his employer. Some wonder whether it’s the MLB’s place to punish players for what they do off of the field. Is that overstepping its authority and violating players’ privacy?
Those concerns will likely be addressed during the union negotiations. We will post an update as more news develops about this controversial issue.
Until then, let us know what you think about the MLB creating a DWI policy for its players. Would you feel comfortable knowing that Minnesota Twins players would be held to an organizational standard related to driving under the influence?
Bloomberg: “Baseball to Seek Off-Field DUI Discipline Option in Labor Negotiations,” Erik Matuszewski, 4 May 2011