In 2007, the NFL banned alcohol from all team activities, including flights to and from games. Bailey’s admission to police that he had consumed several whiskeys on the team plane home from Miami would be a violation of of league and team rules.
“We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Alvin to express our displeasure and extreme disappointment,” Sashi Brown, the team’s head of football operations, said Monday night in a statement obtained by Ohio.com. “This is a matter that must be taken very seriously and we will comment further at the appropriate time.”
Bailey started the Browns’ loss to the Dolphins on Sunday at right guard with Cameron Erving out with a bruised lung. According to the Royalton Post, police spotted him speeding in his pickup truck at 12:57 a.m. on Monday before he turned into the parking lot of a picnic area, where police found him bending down under the truck’s tailgate. Bailey told the officers that he was heading home but trying to release pressure from his tires after a dashboard warning light went on. He also admitted to drinking at a nearby business for several hours beforehand and also to drinking on the team flight, which had landed at about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Police say Bailey failed several sobriety tests and tested over the legal limit on a breath test. He was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, failure to comply (police say he initially refused their order to get back in the car, but was later polite and cooperative), drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia (police also found a substance believed to be marijuana in his truck) and driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield. His first court date is scheduled for Thursday.