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Joe Cullen Pleads No Contest

Lions defensive line coach Joe Cullen pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct and guilty to impaired driving yesterday.  Cullen will be sentenced for the two charges on February 13th and could face up to 90 days in jail for the disorderly conduct charge and 93 for the impaired driving charge.  A fine of $500 or $300 could also be assessed for the two charges.

The two charges that landed Cullen in court yesterday came from two separate incidents prior to the start of the season.  Back just a week before the Seattle game, Cullen was caught by police driving nude and a week later driving drunk.  

Cullen was pulled over Aug. 24 in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn and ticketed on suspicion of indecent and obscene conduct after police said he was driving nude. The Lions said alcohol was involved.

On Sept. 1, police stopped his vehicle and determined he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent, according to court records. The legal limit for drivers in Michigan is 0.08 percent.


Cullen has been receiving treatment since the arrests.  He was suspended in the season opener against the Seahawks by Detroit and later by the NFL for the Christmas Eve game against Chicago.