Commander’s players drinking in flight result in crew discipline: report

The Washington Commanders disciplined a handful of players after beating the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night for drinking alcohol on their return flight.

According to an ESPN report, video of some players – including quarterback Taylor Heinicke – drinking on the team’s flight back to Washington led to Commanders head coach Ron Rivera disciplining the players.

Taylor Heinicke, #4 of the Washington Commanders, aims for a first half win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Rivera reportedly called the league Tuesday to update them on the discipline.

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“The league reviewed the matter this week and we are pleased with the club’s discipline,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. “The league will take no further action.”

On Friday, the NFL sent out a memo to all teams reminding them of the league’s policy regarding alcohol on crew planes.

Jamin Davis, No. 52 of the Washington Commanders, celebrates with Darrick Forrest, No. 22, and Benjamin St-Juste, No. 25 after winning at 14 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that league policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, training or office facilities or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the pre-season, regular season or post-season ‘ the memo reads, according to ESPN. “This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team.”

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The memo came after news that Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing had been arrested and charged with drink driving and speeding, just hours after the Titans beat the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.

Head Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Commanders looks on at the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“I spoke to Todd,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Friday. “I spoke to Mrs. Amy [Titans owner]. Jon [general manager Jon Robinson] and I’ve been in touch with her, with the league. The league has policies regarding these incidents and we will ensure the league has all the information it needs.”

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Vrabel told reporters that the organization provides coaches and players with trips home.

“It was something they had before I came here and something we continue to have. So yes, that’s something that’s provided by our ownership and team,” said Vrabel.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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