The NFL released a statement about the DUI arrest of Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards that came to light recently. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy spoke on Tuesday about the incident.
“The team made us aware of the incident and the discipline it imposed as a result,” he said.
Shortly before the NFL released their statement about the issue, the Vikings released their own team statement.
“George Edwards immediately notified the team of this situation when it occurred,” it said. “He was significantly disciplined by the Vikings. George has fulfilled both his legal obligations as well as the additional team-imposed discipline.”
The 49-year-old Edwards was pulled over in Chanhassen on suspicion of drunken driving on May 21 this year. He was eventually charged with three misdemeanors, including fourth-degree DWI, after registering a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving charges on August 30 and was sentenced to one year of probation and a $1,000 fine.
The story came to the forefront just a week after another DUI story about practice squad guard Isame Faciane came out. He was subsequently released shortly afterward.
In the case of Edwards, he certainly won’t be let go because of this incident but it definitely isn’t making the Vikings happy. That being said though, the league appears content with the punishment handed down from the Minnesota organization because no further punishment seems likely in the future.