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NFL Reportedly Sent Letter Threatening "Significant Discipline" For Those Drinking Alcohol At Team Facilities, Planes

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 30: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference during Super Bowl LIII Week at the NFL Media Center inside the Georgia World Congress Center on January 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, the NFL sent all 32 teams a memo regarding their policy prohibiting alcohol at team facilities and while traveling. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has threatened "significant discipline" for teams that violate this policy moving forward. 

"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," the memo read. "This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team."

Earlier this week, Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke was spotted on the team's plane with a beer. Fans didn't make much of it since his team just handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.

Although it's not the same situation, Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested this Friday on the suspicion of driving while under the influence. 

The NFL will probably deal with a bunch of complaints from their fans regarding this statement. 

Nonetheless, the league has an image to protect. It also wants to make sure its coaches and players are setting a good example for those watching.