Hooligans and Other Soccer Fans Need Alcohol Education

Do soccer fans and hooligans prefer the sport or the booze? Would they be willing to watch from home rather than be subjected to alcohol restrictions at the World Cup when it is help in Qatar?

Get this - the chairman of the Premier League accused FIFA and UEFA of stealing the game of soccer from the English and derided his Qatari hosts' restrictions on selling alcohol. This outburst occurred right before he tumbled into a fountain at an official dinner. This as reported by mysanantonio.com.

The rants by Dave Richards, who is also a senior Football Association board member, were quickly denounced by the Premier League and English soccer's governing body and forced Richards into an embarrassing apology for "any negativity" toward FIFA and UEFA while insisting his comments were "intended to be lighthearted."

At Doha's Museum of Islamic Art, he slipped and tumbled knee-deep into a museum pool and was so schnockered he had to be helped out.

He blamed his tumble into the fountain on poor lighting.

While he claimed his remarks were light-hearted, there is no doubt they had true intentions and he is full of hooey. He questioned the lack of availability of alcohol in Qatar, which won the bid for the 2022 World Cup after arguing it was time for soccer to move beyond traditional markets.

Alcohol is only sold in some five-star hotels in Qatar, and Richards noted that the English and Germans "like to go for a pint and that pint is a pint of beer."

He said it was the culture of Britain, Germany and others to drink alcohol and if they are to be hosts they need to acquiesce to their visitors. He warned Qatar not to "bury your head in the sand" on the issue because it could turn fans off from attending the World Cup.

He also questioned how fans would cope during the summer heat, which can far exceed 104 degrees in July once they leave the air-conditioned stadiums. This is a legitimate concern. I too question Qatar and its oppressive heat, as a suitable locale.

Either way, perhaps all soccer fans should be forced to take an alcohol class before attending the World Cup. I guess, since it is in Qatar, that will not be as much of an issue. The 5-star hotels will rake in the bucks on booze sales because I bet there is not a huge black market for booze in the country.

Mom Should Have Taken Florida Alcohol Class

I have often heard that there is no greater sorrow than a parent mourning the death of their child. I can only hope and pray it never happens again – yet it happens every day.

How could you live with yourself if you knew that you were the cause of your child’s death? Melissa Shonvette Johnson will have to live with her decision to drink and drive on a night that it cost her 14-year-old daughter, Daquasha her life. This according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The 33-year-old Johnson was driving her four children when she crashed her car. Three children (10, 11, and 16) suffered minor injuries. The fourth lost her life. Johnson will spend the next 10 years away from her family and behind bars.

Johnson pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child, a first-degree felony, and was convicted and taken into custody. She was also barred from ever holding a driver's license. Prosecutors agreed to drop two lesser charges.

In the accident, the car flipped, and she and 14-year-old daughter Daquasha were ejected.

Johnson's blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.24 — three times the legal limit for driving. A hospital test put registered even higher: 0.30.

Johnson, while at the hospital recovering from serious injuries admitted she had been drinking Crown Royal Canadian whiskey and coke. When pressed further it turned out she was not talking about Coca-Cola, but cocaine. So in addition to having a BAC of .30, she was also loaded on cocaine. Good Lord!

What a horrible tragedy that did not have to happen. Florida needs stronger alcohol education. While in jail she surely will have the opportunity to get counseling for her addictions. Perhaps she can come out of this a sober person. But her life will never be complete knowing what she did.

Could Idaho DUI School Have Saved Man from 14 DUIs?

Are you of the opinion that people who get arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) should spend time in jail? What if they were arrested two or even three times? Still not convinced they should behind bars? How about 14 DUIs?

People in Idaho are up in arms over state resident Terry Ash receiving his 14th DUI conviction.

The 55-year-old Ash's first DUI came 36 years ago in 1976. By 1993, he had eight DUIs. Each one of those DUIs were misdemeanors. This reported by wwltv.com.

However, beginning in the mid-1990s in Idaho, DUI laws began to change.

In 1995, Ash received his first felony DUI. Armstrong says he was then sentenced to a "boot camp" for DUI offenders. This certainly did not stop this serial DUI offender.

Jail Time – Finally

Then in 1996, Ash got two more DUIs -- one in Ada County, and another one in Canyon County. Both judges sentenced him to five years in jail. He was eligible for parole after two years.

Ash served those terms concurrently for a total of two-and-a-half years in prison. His probation for those DUIs ended in 2001 and quickly picked up where he left off.

In 2002, A got his 12th DUI, landing Ash in prison for another three years. The streets were safer until his release.

In 2005, Ash received his 13th DUI conviction, and spent five years in prison.

Ash’s 14th DUI happened on Sept. 4, 2011.. Four hours after the crash, officers recorded his blood alcohol content at 0.13.

In all, Ash has served roughly ten-and-a-half years in prison for his last five DUIs.

Because he's technically classified as a "repeat offender," Ash faces up to life in prison for his 14th DUI conviction. What do you think?

John Daly Has Probably Taken an Alcohol Class

One of my favorite golfers on the PGA Tour is John Daly.  This is man that has incredible God-given talent for striking a golf ball.  Few can blast it farther than Daly.

He is also very human.  He reminds me of an “Average Joe” trying to fulfill his destiny.  Known as “Long John” for his mammoth drives, Daly has not made success easy on himself.

As an athlete, especially one walking so much, it certainly does not help that he smokes two or three packs of cigarettes per day.  Throw in an addiction to caffeine with almost a case of Diet Coke every day and it is a wonder that he can lug around the golf course day in and day out.

US Open

Daly is getting ready to play in the US Open in San Francisco later this week.  He is coming off a strong performance at the FedEx St. Jude Classic shooting a day-best round of 64.

In addition to being known for his long drives his drinking binges and tirades, Daly has won two major championships.  It has been 17 years since he last hoisted a championship trophy.  He won the British Open in 1995 (and the 1991 PGA Championship).

He admits he plays better golf when he is not drinking alcohol, yet still battles his addictions every day.  I am not certain he is still sober, but I remain seated in his corner.

Lions Need Drug and Alcohol Classes for Rookies

I have long espoused that the National Football League should mandate alcohol classes. Drug classes too should be standard operating procedure for all incoming rookies. The Detroit Lions are a team in need of alcohol classes.

It has been only a year, but already four of the Lions' five 2011 draft picks have run afoul of the law or have been subjected to significant in-house discipline.

First-round pick Nick Fairley has been arrested twice, once on possession of marijuana charges in April and just a month later for driving under the influence of alcohol and attempting to elude police. This according to freep.com.

Second-round pick Titus Young returned to the team after missing practice last week following a fight with teammate Louis Delmas, second-rounder Mikel Leshoure has been ticketed twice for marijuana possession this off-season, and seventh-round pick Johnny Culbreath was arrested for possession in January.

Only fifth-round pick Doug Hogue has steered clear of trouble.

Fairley, Young and Leshoure all had notable character concerns coming out of college. Fairley, a projected top-eight pick who fell to 13, had to answer questions about his work ethic and being a one-year wonder after a dominant junior season at Auburn. Leshoure reportedly tested positive for marijuana at Illinois. And Young was suspended for most of his sophomore season for violating team rules at Boise State.

Do you think the Lions at least should employ alcohol classes and drug classes? This type of behavior must be dealt with more severely. Consequences need to be tougher because these athletes don’t care about meager fines. However, the court of public opinion will weigh heavily in future contract negotiations.

Justin Blackmon Heading to Oklahoma DUI Class

Are players in the national Football League celebrities? Are they role models? If they are, it sure seems like too many of them are modeling poor behavior – namely drinking and driving. The latest Dui offender is Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Justin Blackmon.

For a young man entering into the first stage of their NFL careers, the idea of money, fame, fortune and time on their hands leads to disastrous results.

While Blackmon, the fifth overall selection in April’s NFL draft has mad skills on the field, his decision-making off the field leaves a lot to be desired.

The 22-year-old Blackmon, the player the team had hoped would be part of its rebuilding process at the wide receiver position, was arrested in Stillwater, OK for a DUI and blood-alcohol level of .24, which is three times the legal limit. This according to bleacherreport.com.

Blackmon Needs Alcohol Class

I have long been in favor of the NFL requiring all rookies to take alcohol and drug classes. This is the second time in 20 months that the 22-year-old Blackmon has had issues with the law and more specifically, alcohol.

Wide receivers seem to get into more trouble with the law than other position players, and the Oklahoma State All-American is yet another example.

Jaguars Really Need to Implement Alcohol and Drug Classes

This is the fourth receiver drafted in the first round by the Jaguars (R. Jay Soward, Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and now Blackmon), who have had off-field character issues.

Blackmon was previously arrested in October 2010 on a Class C misdemeanor DUI charge. In that incident, Blackmon, then in college at Oklahoma State, was arrested at 3:45 a.m. He was driving 92 in a 60-mph zone.

Blackmon could be entered into the NFL’s Stage One Intervention Program that includes an evaluation, a possible treatment plan and random testing.

After his first arrest, Blackmon was humbled and apologized unreservedly for his actions and promised they would not be repeated. It appears his intentions were good, but may need professional help with his issues. An Oklahoma DUI class is a good start.

Minnesota Minor in Possession Class Could Have Saved Prevented Breathalyzer

I am all in favor of high school graduation being a sober experience for everyone (that includes you too parents)! But should all grads be forced to take a breathalyzer before being allowed to walk up on stage?

I certainly hope not. But that is exactly what happened at one Minnesota high school according to theblaze.com.

Administrators at St Charles High School got the brilliant idea that they would administer breathalyzer tests to all graduates before going on stage to receive their diploma.

Of course some parents are irate and threatening to sue the school. How dumb a response is that? Yes, the administrators made a poor decision, but the “first-response” of a threat to sue is another terrible sign for our children.

I understand parents are angry and I might be too. But suing over it is not the answer. What could have driven administrators to impose the breathalyzer?

Faculty said they had smelled alcohol on some of the students. Superintendent Mark Roubinek says teachers told the principal they observed unusual behavior by a group of 20 or more students and that administration feared several of those students would be driving after rehearsal was over. Sounds a little like BS to me.

Students were told they would not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony if they refused to take a breathalyzer. Students were not read their rights.

School policy states when kids appear intoxicated on school property, the police are called. But Roubinek decided to “move on to the next stage” – testing the entire graduating class.

Students admitted that there was a party held the previous night in which alcohol was present and the school’s suspicions were confirmed after a number of students tested positive for alcohol.

More than 10 students tested positive for alcohol and were punished.

What do you think of this situation? I think the school should have implemented a Minnesota MIP class and done their best to advise students not to drink before graduation.

App for DUI Classes Coming Soon?

Is it just me or does it seem like they have developed an application for everything? Here is a new one.

As a counselor for in-class and online alcohol classes I follow news stories about alcohol-related incidents closely.

I have a friend on the police force who can’t wait until he hears. “Officer, I’d like to consult with … my iPhone.”

People who are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving now can use a new mobile app called “DUI STOP” to get instant information on drunken-driving laws – and a free consultation with one of six seasoned lawyers at any time of the day or night.

The app is designed to help people arrested on suspicion of Dui find an attorney specializing in the field of DUI law, 24 hours a day.

The app became available in May as a free download at the App Store for iPhone and iPad. It’s expected to be launched soon for Android phones. An app, short for “application,” gives users one-touch access to information, tasks or services.

Right now the app only works in parts of Ohio with plans to expand into Northern Kentucky.

Besides connecting people with attorneys and legal information, the app also helps users find high-risk insurance, collision repair, court-approved drug and alcohol treatment programs and “ignition interlock” devices, which prevent drivers from starting car.

There is no doubt technology can be a great thing. What do you think will be next?

Raiders Receiver May Need California DUI Class

Players in the National Football League often find themselves on the wrong side of the law. This is nothing new as players from the 40s, 50s and 60s were arrested on an array of different charges.

One of the most common offenses is for driving under the influence (DUI). In the past two weeks three NFL players were arrested on suspected DUI.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pled not-guilty. This is the first DUI for the 25-year-old football star according to the SF Examiner.

How can he plead not guilty and then have his attorney say things like, “Not that that’s something to be proud of, but this is a good guy. This was an unfortunate incident, and Darrius will do whatever it takes to put this behind him and go forward?”

How about by pleading guilty, since your words indicate he was. Also he needs a California DUI class and maybe a 100 hours of community service. I hate it when they plead not guilty. It is nothing but a posture for reduced sentence.

Heyward-Bey was driving his 2012 Range Rover when pulled over. He was given field sobriety tests, which he failed. Heyward-Bey had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 following a chemical test; about a half-hour after he was pulled over, a breath test registered at 0.12. How can you plead not guilty?

If convicted he could spend 6 months behind bars.

In 2009, Heyward-Bey was a surprise first-round draft pick, No. 7, and signed a five-year contract with Oakland worth $38 million. Why not just take a taxi?