Kareem McKenzie, right tackle for the New York Giants, was arrested Thursday night for driving under the influence in Little Falls Township, N.J.

Lt. Salvatore Calafiore of the Little Falls police department said the 29-year-old was stopped at about 9:30 p.m. after cutting through a gas station on Route 23 and Main Street. McKenzie was found to be extremely impaired. The officer issued him a Breathalyzer test and found he was above the legal limit of .08. McKenzie was reportedly very cooperative while he was being arrested by Police. His car was also impounded.

To many, McKenzie seemed like one of the least likely Giants to find himself in conflict with the law and this is believed to be his first offense of any kind. He has attended practice since the charge and the Giants intend to have him start on Sunday against the Ravens. According to the NFL’s Personal Conduct policy, Mackenzie will be subject to many league-mandated penalties, as well as a substance abuse and treatment program. A second offense, or if the Commissioner deems the violation to have “aggravating circumstances,” usually involves a suspension.

“We are aware of the situation with Kareem,” Coach Tom Coughlin said. “I spoke to him this morning. He is extremely remorseful. The legal process will take its course, and the league will handle this matter. Nobody will be harder on Kareem than Kareem himself.”

He has been part of an offensive line that has started the past 25 regular-season games in unison and is regarded as one of the best units in the league. McKenzie is backed up by Kevin Boothe, who has played only a handful of snaps at tackle this season.

McKenzie, in a statement released by the team, said: “I spoke with Coach Coughlin and (GM) Jerry Reese this morning and expressed my remorse”. I am prepared to deal with the consequences of that situation from both a legal standpoint and as a player in the National Football League.”

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