Pat McAfee: Indianapolis Colts Punter Arrested for Public Intoxication
Indianapolis police arrested McAfee around 5:00 a.m. after finding him swimming in a city canal near the Broad Ripple neighborhood. Pat McAfee had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit for driving in most states.
When attempting to explain why he was completely soaked, McAfee informed police that he had been drinking.
In response to police questioning on how much he had to drink, McAfee stated, "A lot 'cause I am drunk. I know I am drunk, but does that mean I cannot walk home?"
Police reported to the scene when they received a call from a woman who feared that McAfee would try to enter her car. She told police that a man with no shirt walked up to the car at a red light, so she ran the light and called 911.
Reportedly, McAfee needed help standing up after taking a blood-alcohol test.
The 23-year-old Indianapolis Colts punter is in his second year in the league and was clearly trying to have some fun during the bye week.
Before heading out to the bars on Tuesday, McAfee let everyone on Twitter know that he was ready to party. The former West Virginia player tweeted:
"Bye week bye week bye week. Time to get some ish done. Happy Tuesday Party people."
McAfee seems like a fun guy to go out drinking with. A bit cold to go swimming, though.
However, Jim Caldwell and the Indianapolis Colts organization will not see the arrest as a humorous situation.
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McAfee became the fourth Indianapolis Colts player to be arrested on alcohol-related charges in 2010.
"We are in the process of gathering the relevant facts. When that task is complete, we will deal immediately with the issue of club discipline. Until we complete that process, we will have no further comment."
In January, wide receiver Taj Smith stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving. Smith was cut from the team in September.
In August, defensive lineman John Gill was found passed out in a ditch and was arrested for the public intoxication. The charges were dropped, but Gill was placed on a team category where he will be inactive all season.
In September, defensive tackle Fili Moala was arrested for speeding, public intoxication and driving while intoxicated.
How will Pat McAfee be disciplined by the Indianapolis Colts or the NFL?
It is unlikely that McAfee will be disciplined by the NFL, since he is a first-time offender.
However, it is probable that McAfee will be suspended for at least one game by the Indianapolis Colts.
Especially since this is the fourth Colts played to arrested in 2010, it is foreseeable that Bill Polian will want to make an example out of McAfee.
Jim Caldwell, a disciple of Tony Dungy, will not be too pleased about the arrest and will have no problem sitting him out for a game.
Earlier this season, New York Jets WR Braylon Edwards was charged with a DUI, but was not suspended by the team.
It will be interesting to see how the Indianapolis Colts organization handles the situation differently.
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