Donovan McNabb wasn’t just benched for his June 28 drunk driving arrest – he was thrown into the slammer! The former NFL quarterback pled guilty to an ‘extreme DUI,’ and will now spend 18 days in an Arizona jail before serving more than two months of house arrest.
We’d say, “Hit the showers, Donovan McNabb,” but the 38-year old ex-NFL superstar is now headed past the locker room and straight to the big house. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is now an Arizona jailbird, choosing to serve hard time over his recent drunk driving arrest!
Donovan entered a “guilty” plea to his June 28th arrest for drunk driving, reports TMZ Sports. Donovan rear-ended another car in Gilbert, Arizona, when the innocent car was stopped at a traffic light. The ex-NFL quarterback will now have to serve 18 days inside an Arizona county jail, 72 days in home detention (aka “house arrest”) afterwards.
Plus, on top of that, Donovan will reportedly serve 30 hours of community service, undergo counseling, remain on unsupervised probation until he completes the sentence and pay a $6,342.23 fine. This may seem extreme, but considering how Donovan’s blood alcohol level was reportedly .17 – more than twice the legal limit — don’t do the crime if you’re not willing to do the time.
Hopefully, this gives Donovan the wake-up call when it comes to drunk driving. He was reportedly busted in 2013 on a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to ESPN, and he served a one-day jail sentence before being let go. He won’t get away so easily, this time.
Donovan’s guilty plea is a long way from his glory days with the NFL. He played for the Eagles from 1999 until 2009, taking the team to five NFC championships and one Super Bowl. He also played for the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings before he retired in 2013.
Prior to his arrest on June 28, Donovan admitted he had been at a bar but claimed he wasn’t drunk. When the authorities questioned why he reportedly failed a breathalyzer test, he claimed he had been taking cold medicine and was sucking on a cough drop before the crash. The police weren’t buying it, and Donovan will have nearly three weeks of jail time to think about finding a designated driver the next time he wants to go partying.
Do you agree with Donovan’s sentence, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’s getting off easy? Or will spending 18 days in jail be enough?
— Jason Brow