“This was a year to rebuild, to assemble a responsible locker room, to show modest progress on the field but with greatly increased accountability and lessened drama off it,” Tom Boswell wrote
“The Redskins don’t want to admit they’re rebuilding, much less concede two players have a problem,” Rick Snider wrote. “Show some pride. Show some community leadership and face the suspension with honesty and humility. Otherwise, it’s just another stain on a once-proud organization that no longer deserves its followers.”
Now, Snider’s complaint was not with the drug use itself, but with the way the Redskins hid the players from the media and made no one accountable for their actions. He contrasted this with the way Joe Gibbs handled a player arrested for drunk driving.
Which made me go back through the archives to see just how squeaky clean the Redskins were during the Super Bowl years. Um, not very.
I’ll just limit this to the first Gibbs era, which means I can’t use that time in 1993 when the owner’s wife “was seen hurtling down M Street NW in Georgetown with a man clinging to the hood of her Jaguar convertible and pounding the windshield.”
January 18, 1992
Washington Redskins tackle Ed Simmons, 28, was arrested for driving while intoxicated early yesterday morning in Georgetown. A police spokesman said Simmons was stopped during a routine patrol in the 3300 block of M Street at about 2:30 a.m.
He was issued a citation for DWI and released. A court date will be set later. Simmons met with Coach Joe Gibbs before yesterday’s practice and apologized for the incident.
August 23, 1991
Washington Redskins running back Brian Mitchell was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early yesterday on the Dulles Toll Road near Herndon, the Fairfax County prosecutor’s office said. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and released....
“I did something stupid,” he said. “I drank some beers and tried to drive home. I’m sorry about it.” As a first-time offender under the NFL’s new drunk driving policy, he faces a possible four-game suspension.
November 21 1990
Redskins H-back Jimmie Johnson has agreed to do about 10 hours of community service work at a Loudoun County drug-addiction treatment facility in exchange for having two handgun charges dropped.
Johnson was arrested near his home in Sterling three weeks ago and charged with concealing a weapon and firing a handgun within 100 yards of a state highway.
June 21, 1990
Washington Redskins offensive lineman Mark May was sentenced to two days in jail yesterday after pleading guilty in Fairfax County General District Court to driving while intoxicated.
It was May’s second drunken-driving conviction in five years, which under Virginia law results in an automatic jail term of at least two days and a three-year suspension of the driver’s license.
May’s previous conviction was in 1985 in Arlington.
March 17, 1990
Barry Wilburn, a veteran Washington Redskins defensive back who underwent three weeks of treatment at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center last fall, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license.
Wilburn, 26, was arrested by Virginia state police and taken to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday.
November 20, 1989
On Saturday, Dexter Manley, 31, was banned indefinitely by the National Football League because of three violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, the last for testing positive for cocaine. He may apply for reinstatement in a year, but for now, he seems to have reached a personal denouement.
May 10, 1987
It was the day after Christmas, and Dexter Manley was in trouble. Again. This time, the Washington Redskins’ loose-lipped, all-pro defensive end was AWOL from a team meeting and practice, only two days before a wild card playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. While his teammates labored at Redskin Park, Manley snoozed in his nearby townhouse, feeling the effects of a late-night binge with gin and tonic.
June 21, 1986
Washington Redskins offensive guard Russ Grimm, who told a state trooper he had been judging an Irish coffee contest before he was arrested on I-66 last March, pleaded guilty yesterday in a Fairfax County court to a charge of driving while under the influence, the prosecutor said.
Grimm was sentenced in General District Court to a $400 fine, with $300 suspended, and a 10-day suspended jail term, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Holloran. He said Grimm could have received up to $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail for the misdemeanor offense.
June 18, 1986
Washington Redskins cornerback Vernon Dean yesterday was found guilty of obstructing justice after a Fairfax County police officer testified that it took four officers and a chokehold to restrain Dean because of his “offensive manner.”
Judge Richard T. Horan gave Dean a $100 suspended fine on the misdemeanor charge, which arose out of a domestic dispute along Leesburg Pike May 16 between Dean, 27, and his fiance.
May 16, 1986
[Jim] Huddleston, a graduate of the University of Virginia who was chosen in the sixth round, was arrested twice in a year and a half, first for assault and battery and public drunkenness in an incident with a professor in February 1984, then for indecent exposure for allegedly urinating off a balcony in August 1985.
He was convicted of the 1984 charges and suspended from the Cavaliers football team for the 1984 season. He pleaded not guilty to the 1985 charge and was convicted of disorderly conduct.
September 8, 1984
Mat Mendenhall, a defensive end now on the Redskins’ injured reserve list, pleaded guilty Thursday in General District Court in Loudoun County, Va., to a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was fined $100 and ordered to attend an Alcohol Safety Action Program.
Mendenhall was arrested Aug. 18 after his van hit a curb and sideswiped a road sign as he was driving south on Rte. 15 near Leesburg. He was not injured.
August 4, 1983
Washington Redskins safety Tony Peters was arrested by federal agents yesterday at the team’s Carlisle, Pa., training camp and charged with acting as a middle man in a conspiracy with seven other people to sell $115,000 worth of cocaine in the Washington area.
April 1, 1983
Clarence Harmon, the Washington Redskins’ veteran running back, was released from a Texarkana, Tex., jail on $10,000 bond yesterday after having been arrested during a drug raid Wednesday night and charged with possession of cocaine.
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