Washington Commanders discipline players for drinking on team plane as part of Taylor Heinicke’s wild celebrations after shock win over Philadelphia as NFL cracks down on alcohol
The Washington Commanders have taken unspecified disciplinary action against several players who were drinking on the team’s plane following a Monday Night Football 32-21 win over Philadelphia.
Vision of the celebrations were posted to social media with quarterback Taylor Heinicke seen drinking. A trash can filled with ice and other alcoholic beverages sat beside him.
Drinking on team transportation violates NFL rules, though the league will be taking no further action.
They seem satisfied with the Commanders’ handling of the situation after coach Ron Rivera called the league Tuesday morning to notify them, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke drinks a Busch Light on Monday night
A memo was sent to all 32 teams Friday afternoon in the aftermath of Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, Todd Downing’s arrest for DUI in the early morning.
It served as a reminder to teams that alcohol was prohibited on planes as well as other areas inside NFL buildings.
‘In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that League policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, practice or office facilities, or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the preseason, regular season, or postseason,’ the memo read.
‘This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team. Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the League, its players, coaches and others.
The former XFL signal-caller was decisive in his franchise’s shock win vs. the Eagles in Philly
‘Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.
‘Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include providing alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility.’
Washington celebrated its victory at Philadelphia with gusto, icing out Heinicke with his teammates’ chains, mimicking a Minnesota Vikings trend with its quarterback, Kirk Cousins.
Heinicke imitated Cousins’ celebrations after Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles before being draped later on with diamond chains on the plane ride back to America’s capital
Cousins’ most recent celebration came against the Commanders, his old team from 2012 to 2017, when the Vikings beat them 20-17 on November 6.
With music blaring, Cousins gleefully rocked massive chains without his shirt on as highly amused teammates cheered him on.
And Heinicke did the same thing Monday night, except with a shirt. The 29-year-old was sipping on a Busch Light beer too while wearing flash Cartier specs with golden hinges.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd has hit out at the Commanders once footage surfaced.
Vikings’ Kris Boyd slammed Commanders QB Heinicke for trying to be like Kirk Cousins
‘Stop tryna f***ing be us… Lames… He couldn’t even hold Kirk jockstrap. Find your own trend!…Y’all s*** don’t even look like y’all having fun enjoying it..’ Boyd tweeted.
When a fan said that Boyd should give the Commanders some credit for beating the previously undefeated Eagles, the defensive back replied: ‘Idgaf! We gone whoop both they a** they cross our path again.’
The Commanders are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race at 5-5 after Heinicke threw for 211 yards, one touchdown and completing 58.6 percent of his passes (17/29) against the Eagles.