Kareem Jackson’s 2019 season is over because of a September arrest for driving under the influence. He has waived his right to an appeal and the suspension without pay will cost him $352,941 of his $3 million base salary.
Breaking: Broncos S Kareem Jackson is suspended from final 2 games w/out pay for September DUI. He immediately informed team, which for past 3 months monitored NFL/legal processes that concluded today. Jackson waived appeal, an indication he's taken responsibilty. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 17, 2019
The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala reported that Jackson was speeding when he was pulled over.
According to court documents, Kareem Jackson was speeding 25-39 mph over the limit on the 1000 block of Auraria Parkway in Denver. He plead guilty yesterday to a DWAI - driving while ability impaired.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 17, 2019
Here’s the statement from the Broncos organization:
“Kareem Jackson was arrested for driving under the influence on Thursday, Sept. 19. He immediately informed our team of the incident, which we promptly reported to the NFL and thoroughly reviewed as an organization.
“There are high standards for the personal conduct of all members of our organization, and we have expressed our extreme disappointment to Kareem for his poor judgment. Under the NFL Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, he has been suspended for the Broncos’ final two games of the 2019 season.”
I would like to apologize to the Broncos organization, my teammates & fans. I understand the severity in my lapse of judgement and I will certainly not make this mistake again. I know I am fortunate to play in the NFL and am held to a high standard of professionalism and conduct.— Kareem Jackson (@ReemBoi25) December 17, 2019
The move means the Fangio defense will be without one of its star players on the back end to close the year. I would expect Will Parks to take his place in the starting lineup. The 2016 6th round pick was the Broncos’ starting safety to begin the year when Jackson was logging snaps at nickel corner. There remains a possibility Parks remains in the slot while Trey Marshall takes safety snaps.
This is a breaking story and will be updated if and when we find out more.