Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is apparently a full-on oenophile, and started his own wine label “TwentyFour” while with the Oakland Raiders. The NFL, apparently, doesn’t want him taking too large a profile in selling the fruits of his company’s labor.
The DETROIT FREE PRESS covered its release and tasting at an area steakhouse, but Woodson had to leave all the talking to his cellar master last night.
After he did an interview about his passion for wine recently, and as news of Friday’s event spread, the NFL contacted his representatives this week to remind him of the league’s alcohol policy, specifically that any interviews supporting alcohol would be seen as an endorsement and “may have a detrimental effect on the great number of young fans who follow our game.”
Ah yes, the wonderful “think of the children!” justification. This policy was not in place when Woodson and cellar master Rick Ruiz started; Paul Tagliabue was still in charge then. Roger Goodell’s regime is responsible for this one. Detrimental effects listed in the league’s official policy include:
- athletes selling things the league won’t make money off of
- violating a future policy that requires players not to be seen enjoying an alcoholic beverage
- informing people that there are much better things to drink than Coors Light, despite the ads that will be shown during every commercial break this NFL season.
Because it’s only a Sunday with football when you’re drinking good ol’ Colorado Kool-Aid. Endorsing alcohol and supporting something that could have a detrimental effect on young fans only works when the league gets paid millions to do it.