The NFL’s governing body is investigating an alleged violation of the league’s policy regarding alcohol after a player in a Las Vegas game drank about two shots of calc on the sideline.
An official with the National Labor Relations Board said Monday that a Labor Department employee received a complaint that a Las Vega, Nevada, Rams player was “drinking” the substance.
The complaint said the employee smelled it and noticed “a noticeable odor of calc mixed with alcohol.”
The Labor Department said it has begun investigating, and that it is reviewing the case.
The NFL has been under pressure to change its policies, especially after the NFL Players Association in January withdrew its support of a proposal to remove the league from the U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.
A report from the AFL-CIO in June said the NFL’s policy on alcohol “has a negative impact on the health and well-being of its players and fans.”
“The NFL is also making the following statements in response to the labor complaint: The NFL takes the safety of our players and their families very seriously and has a zero-tolerance policy for substance abuse and alcohol abuse,” the NFL said in a statement to ESPN.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was “monitoring” the Labor Department complaint.
“I want to assure you, we are taking this matter very seriously,” Goodell said.
“We are taking steps to address any concerns and take the necessary steps to remedy any concerns.”
A Labor Department official, who requested anonymity because the matter was not publicly known, told the AP that the Labor official was not authorized to discuss the investigation.
The NFL said the official “had not been aware” of the Labor complaint, and said it was “conducting an internal review of its policies regarding alcohol.”
The Labor official said that the employee “did not detect any calc and that he smelled it on the player and noticed ‘a noticeable odors.'”
The Labor official added that the worker “did detect alcohol and calc, but did not detect them on the athlete.”