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DUI charge filed against former Syracuse great

It isn't shocking when professional athletes get into legal trouble because it has happened on so many occasions. However, it is sad, especially for the fans who looked up to those athletes for their prowess in their sport. One athlete who was recently arrested and charged with a DUI is Donovan McNabb, renowned for his years as a Syracuse quarterback.

McNabb was arrested at the end of June after he ran into someone else's car, according to a media account based on a Gilbert Police Department report. Because he has been charged with a DUI before, he may face a minimum sentence of 90 days in jail, in accordance with Arizona state law. He may also have his driver's license suspended for a year and have to have an ignition interlock device installed on his car.

However, he may be able to get a reduced sentence. In some cases, if people charged with second-time misdemeanor DUIs complete counseling, they can have their sentences reduced to 30 days.

McNabb's previous DUI arrest was in December 2013. At that time, he had been driving at 81 mph on a stretch of road where the speed limit was 65 mph. With that DUI, he pleaded guilty and one day in jail.

McNabb is viewed by many as one of Syracuse University's most successful players. He was a three-time Offensive Player of the year in the Big East Conference and ranked high in the 1999 NFL draft. Once a part of the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagle, he made six pro bowls and went on to be a commentator for Fox Sports.

His DUI is unfortunate, especially since it is a repeat offense. Hopefully others will see this as a cautionary tale, and make sure to not drink and drive and seek counseling if they have a problem with alcohol.

Source:, "Former Syracuse great Donovan McNabb reportedly arrested and charged with second DUI," Chris Carlson, July 07, 2015

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