David Diehl in NYPD custody on suspicion of drunken driving
David Diehl, a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Giants, was taken into custody on Sunday night on suspicion of DWI, according to the New York Police Department. He was being held at the 114th Precinct in Queens awaiting arraignment. Formal charges are expected overnight.
According to police, Diehl smashed his BMW into several parked cars on 35th Street in Astoria and was taken into custody shortly afterward. No one was injured in the incident and Diehl was reportedly driving alone.
Diehl, 31, is the longest-tenured Giant and a 10-year veteran who has started and played in 140 regular season games for the Giants. He is the first Giants player to be arrested for DWI since Kareem McKenzie in 2008. Ironically, Diehl is expected to be the player who replaces McKenzie at right tackle this season for the Giants.
Earlier in the day, Diehl had posted several tweets cheering on the Croatian men’s soccer team that beat Ireland, 3-1, at the European Championship. Diehl is proud of his Croatian heritage and has a Croatia Coat of Arms tattoo on his left arm. When the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008 and again earlier this year, he wore a Croatian scarf in postgame celebrations.
Diehl also tweeted that he'd been at a charity golf outing in Westchester on Sunday morning.
Diehl's agent, Peter Schaffer, issued a brief statement to Newsday calling Diehl “the classiest New York Giant ever.” The Giants did not issue any statements on the incident on Sunday night.