DUI convictions affect people in a variety of ways. DUIs can affect your financial standing as you will have to pay fines or lawyer fees. A DUI conviction will also undoubtedly affect your emotional health, due to both the immense stress you will face during the court hearings and the consequences of your sentencing, as well as the personal turmoil that comes with facing a DUI charge. Regardless, DUI consequences can be more severe if you are a college athlete. College athletes who are convicted of DUIs can face lengthy suspensions or even dismissal from their sport. The repercussions of dismissal from a college sport can be enormous.
Many college athletes who have been convicted of DUIs face serious consequences. This is due in part to the public nature of college sports. If you bring bad press to your team and go without punishment, it will reflect poorly on your team’s image. Furthermore, by driving under the influence, you will break a sobriety contract that you signed while in season. Clearly, breaking this contract will lead to punishment.
In some cases, college athletes who are caught driving under the influence will be dismissed from their teams. This can have severe consequences. If you are a college athlete with a sports scholarship, this scholarship will be taken away if you are kicked off of your team. Depending on your financial standings, this could lead to your inability to pay for college on your own. As a result, you might have to take out large loans or even drop out of college.
Another major consequence of being dismissed from your college team is the affect that it could have on your future career. If you are no longer playing a sport at the college level, your chances of being scouted and drafted onto a major league team are severely lowered. Lack of publicity through college sports can also lower your chances of playing on a major league sports team. This means that a DUI can potentially end your sports career before it even starts.