The NFL and NFLPA want tougher penalties for DUI-related offenses by players. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are pushing for stiffer penalties for those individuals who are convicted of any alcohol-related driving offense, reports FOXSports.com.
According to the report, the league wants a mandatory suspension for players convicted of DUIs or other alcohol-related driving offenses and the NFLPA says that “players have been open to discussions and already discussed increasing discipline on DUIs."
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 players have been arrested on alcohol-related driving charges so far this year and there were 17 players arrested for the same offenses in 2012.
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