New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI and impaired driving on Monday, stemming from an incident in early June of 2012 when he drove his BMW into a number of parked cars on Broadway at 31st Street.
"I've worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and yesterday I fell far short of this standard. I apologize to my family, my fans, the New York Giants, and the NFL. I made a poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take full responsibility for my actions," Diehl said in a statement following the incident.
The accident occurred at roughly 8:20 PM EST after Diehl had finished watching the Croatia vs. Ireland soccer game at Scorpio Cafe & Bar in Astoria. No one was injured, but Diehl was promptly arrested and charged with DWI. His blood alcohol level was .182, which is more than twice the legal limit in New York.
"My client will continue in the NFL DWI treatment program," said his attorney Gary Certain.
Shortly after the arrest, cell phone video footage was uploaded to the internet showing the aftermath, including Diehl in the back of an ambulance which was called the to scene.
As a result of his guilty plea, Diehl has been ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet for 90 days, placed on a six-month conditional program, and must pay $1,200 in restitution and $300 in fines.
Diehl met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell following the incident, and was not suspended in 2012. However, that doesn't preclude the league from doling out punishment now that the legal process has taken its course, with Diehl pleading guilty. He still faces a possible suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.
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