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Friday, May 1, 2015

Sapong suspended indefinitely after DUI/reckless driving arrest

The Philadelphia Union will be without forward CJ Sapong indefinitely after he was arrested early Friday morning and charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence, requiring that he be assessed by MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH), per a club release.

Per the rules of that program, Sapong must be cleared by doctors and a league investigation before playing in any games with the club.

“We were alerted to the situation this morning and have been in contact with the league office, law enforcement and C.J.’s family,” Union technical director Chris Albright said in a team statement. “Moving forward, we will continue to work together with the League in following the appropriate procedures. We will have further comment once more information is available.”

The SABH is a long-held program within MLS, though one that’s seldom invoked. It was used in the case of Edson Buddle in 2005 in Columbus, Shalrie Joseph in New England in 2010, Josh Williams in Columbus in 2011 and Philly-area natives Jeff Parke and Jon Conway in New York in 2009.

Parke, Conway and Williams were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. In those cases, the penalties were set at 10 games and a 10 percent docking of salary at the announcement of entering the program. Sapong’s appears to be more in line with Joseph’s and Buddle’s given the open-ended nature of the announcement.

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Blogger Cinderella K said...

CJ Sapong should have known that a DUI case can really affect his work and now he is charged with reckless driving and driving under influence, requiring that he be assessed by MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. He need to hire a good, knowledgeable and a reputed lawyer. Let me know if you need any help as my friend is a DUI lawyer and can help you in selecting a good attorney to fight your case.

May 26, 2015 at 6:44 AM 
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Blogger Eliseo Weinstein said...

The thing that really hurts is thinking about all the years prior to the arrest. These guys spend countless hours training and living that life, they have their parents and friends all invested in the long-haul. Then when they finally make it, all those years and countless hours of hard work are literally flushed away because of this driving incident.

September 21, 2016 at 10:43 PM 

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