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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Redskins take no immediate action against Joe Joseph

By Rick Maese

The Redskins apparently have decided not to take immediate disciplinary action against rookie defensive lineman Joe Joseph, who was arrested early Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan declined to discuss the matter Monday until he had a chance to meet with Joseph. The team issued a statement Tuesday evening.

"We have talked with Joe and he is very remorseful for what happened and the embarrassment he caused himself, his family and the organization," the statement read. "We will let the legal system run its course and withhold further comment until the matter is resolved."

Joseph is listed as the team's second-string right defensive end, behind Vonnie Holliday, according to the depth chart released each week to the media. Joseph, a University of Miami product who went undrafted last spring, was signed to the team's 53-man roster last Saturday and made his NFL debut last Sunday at Jacksonville.

By Rick Maese  | December 28, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
 
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Comments

C'mon JoJo - get it together. Go Canes.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 28, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Man!!!! You cant follow up a decent game with some bs like this!!! Bad bad bad

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | December 28, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

IF JoJo was really DUI, and I'll give him the benefit of innocence until proven (or admitting) guilt, then the NFL should suspend him for at least a year. DUI is serious; just ask the guy who, while DUI, killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart last year and is now spending the next 50 years in prison.

Posted by: eric22 | December 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

One victory and they party. Dude!!!

Posted by: pharrrrtt | December 28, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Good to see The U being represented with it's usual integrity.

Posted by: JONJJ | December 29, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

I see none of you have ever made a mistake in your life. What Joe did was dumb, but it kills me how quickly people are ready to throw stones. Also, this guy did not kill anyone so you can't compare him to the other DUI. They don't do it that way in court and it's stupid to it publicly. Of course, all of you are perfect anyway so you wouldn't understand. Chalk it up as a lapse of judgement and hope the guy learns his lesson. End of story!

Posted by: go88car | December 29, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I see none of you have ever made a mistake in your life. What Joe did was dumb, but it kills me how quickly people are ready to throw stones. Also, this guy did not kill anyone so you can't compare him to the other DUI. They don't do it that way in court and it's stupid to it publicly. Of course, all of you are perfect anyway so you wouldn't understand. Chalk it up as a lapse of judgement and hope the guy learns his lesson. End of story!

Posted by: go88car | December 29, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Come on Joe! Dumb, dumb dumb! Lucky that no one was hurt or injured. Joe, ya caught a break, so learn from it. I think you will.

Posted by: zap123 | December 29, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Come on Joe! Dumb, dumb dumb! Lucky that no one was hurt or injured. Joe, ya caught a break, so learn from it. I think you will.

Posted by: zap123 | December 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Come on Joe! Dumb, dumb dumb! Lucky that no one was hurt or injured. Joe, ya caught a break, so learn from it. I think you will.

Posted by: zap123 | December 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

DUI carries its own penalties, and they are far from trivial. It also has little to do with gameplay. I think the NFL should leave it to the courts, and certainly should not punish based on an accusation "on suspicion".

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 29, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

As for the Aberhart thing, in my opinion 51 years is excessive as there was no intent to kill; many murderers get a lot less, or serve less if they are sympathetic, say they burned their husband alive in bed or have the NAACP behind them. In my opinion, five years would be an ample punishment, with perhaps five more suspended in case he is ever found behind the wheel of anything with a motor, even bumper cars.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 29, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

@Nemo24601
If you think 51 years is too much in the Adenhart case, you probably haven't looked at the details of the case.

1) He killed 3 people, not just the pitcher.
2) He was on probation for other DUI's
3) He was driving on a suspended licence.
4) He fled the scene on foot after the accident.
5) His BAC was estimated to be 3 times the limit at the time of the crash.

Still think 51 years is too much?

Posted by: CByrd1 | December 29, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Aw give the guy a break. He got probably his first NFL start, played great, and they won. Then he got a big fat game check. What do you expect him to do? Go home and go to bed? "C'mon, man".

Driving himself home when he was drunk and can afford not only a cab but a private limo was a dumb a$$ move but hey the guy doesn't deserve to get thrown under the bus.

I saw in another report that the Skins have already released him. I hope not.

Posted by: unclelonghair | December 29, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Another dumb ass rookie. They go to the rookie meetings before their first year to leanr about what to do and what not to do to stay out of trouble and the stuff can't seem to get thru most of these dumb ass player even the non-rookies. I value my job and don't make anywhere near what nfl players make. He is stupid, it only takes 1 time to kill someone by driving drunk.

Posted by: stephenwilson2003@yahoo.com | December 29, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the rookie celebrated after his first NFL game and stupidly drove afterward. So, I'd say just let the courts deal with it. The one offense wouldn't seem to warrant team involvement beyond counseling.

Posted by: OintheSierras | December 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I still think 51 years is too much. It is vengeance, not justice. While the guy's actions were wrong, so was the sentence.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 29, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Nemo what if that person that he killed would have been your mom, dad sister, brother you think 51 years was still too long

Posted by: Turickskins | December 29, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

No need for team discipline in this case. I would feel differently if Joseph were a cop, but plenty of decent people in all walks of life get DUIs, and they all pay dearly for it. I don't think it's worth it to beat him up in the media, too.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 29, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I've learned to disregard anything that starts with Nemo, RalphZero, or StLou today, but it's true that 51 years was not justifiable in the case of Adenhart's death.

Not that I have any sympathy for the guy, but he should have been convicted of manslaughter, not 2nd degree murder, which is usually what is reserved for people who go out and INTENTIONALLY shoot/stab people.

Posted by: jboogie1 | December 29, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

People make mistakes and they learn from them. The media just took this to far, and the police should not have released information or pictures. The Redskins are right not to take action until the court decides what to do about the situation.

Posted by: sexymomma86 | January 1, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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