Todd Bowles calls DUI a ‘nationwide problem’ following player’s arrest

By Michael Dixon

New York Jets rookie right end Chris Herndon was arrested and charged with a DUI following an accident on Saturday. Jets’ coach Todd Bowles spoke about Herndon, and the general DUI problem in the United States.

“DUI is a problem, nationwide. It’s not a football problem. We have a guy that’s had a DUI. We’ve had some people in the past, no different than a lot of other people. That doesn’t make it okay. You deal with them on an individual basis. I’m not here to sit here and say that I approve of it, because I don’t. Is it a problem? Yes. To lay all of this on Chris? No. We ain’t going to lay all of it on him. He’s got to take responsibility. We understand that and we deal with it in house.”

Bowles is certainly right. While it’s always notable when a player is arrested, this isn’t a problem unique to the Jets, or the NFL, in general. This is something that happens to people across the country on a daily basis.

It is, unfortunately, an issue that New York has had to deal with too often since its season ended. In February, linebacker Dylan Donahue was charged with a DWI after driving the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel.

Herndon was a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2018 out of Miami. He caught 40 passes for 477 yards with four touchdowns for the Hurricanes during the 2017 season.