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Details still unknown, but Quarles could face team, league discipline for DUI arrest

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We still don't have a ton of details about the DUI arrest of pro scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles early this morning, but unless the charge is dropped, Quarles can expect some discipline to come his way.

This could come either from the Bucs, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, or both. That will be determined later, but Goodell's stated approach to discipline is to hold team employees to as high or to a higher standard than players.

Here's what he said on the subjuct in an interview last year: 

"Our policies apply to everyone: Yours truly, club presidents, players, coaches, everybody involved with the NFL."

Goodell demonstrated that by assessing a $100,000 fine and 30-day suspension to Lions president Tom Lewand following his DUI arrest in June. Maybe Quarles wouldn't face a penalty as stiff given his lower status in the Bucs' front office, but this isn't likely to be swept under the rug, either.

And it doesn't help that the Bucs have had to constantly defend themselves against allegations that they lack discipline after last season's series of arrests. Given that backdrop, expect general manager Mark Dominik to take Quarles' arrest very seriously.

Right now, the Bucs aren't taking a particular stand. But they're aware of the matter and are reviewing it, according to a team spokesman.

[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 10:51am]

    

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