Don Banks wrote an interesting article the other day, and although someone else has already made a blog and commented on it, I decided I would as well and toss in my 2 cents.
I have read comment after comment on several teams Fannation sites, about people such as Donte Stallworth, Plaxico Burress, Brandon Marshall, Matt Jones, and others, and the comments vary widely. Some say they should get a "second chance", while others believe they're getting what they deserve, or should get more, depending on who you're talking to, and who it is about.
What I am going to say is from things I've read here and there, as do most of anyone who reads and comments here. I am not getting eye witness accounts of what these players have done, but only what's been reported. So, I may be off kilter in some things. If I am, please don't hesitate to correct me. This is only an opinion I've formed, and nothing else, and I will not judge any of these players, fans, or their teams (or lack thereof).
In Donte Stallworth's case, he allegedly was drinking and driving and hit a pedestrian who was jaywalking and the man died. But, did Stallworth "accidently" drink and drive, not knowing it was wrong? Did he have a choice in what he was doing? Was the pedestrian at fault for jaywalking? Looking at the Browns roster, Stallworth is still employed, but for how long? Will his team sit and patiently wait til he does his time, and then wait through his up coming suspension? The great Jim Brown is now suggesting that marijuana was being used by Stallworth, although that's not proof, but speculation. If the Browns end up releasing Stallworth, would he find a new team?
In Plaxico's case, he allegedly carried an unlicensed gun into a nightclub and it discharged, hitting his leg. The gun's license had expired 4 days prior. Did he know that concealed, unlicensed guns were illegal, and especially where people congregated? Surely he had the sense to know that. When he's finished with his suspension and any time served, will he go to another team and continue on as if nothing happened?
Will Matt Jones go to another team after his "problem" he has is finished?
Pac Man did as well, and likely will again soon. How many times did Pac Man get away with his "antics?" Brandon Marshall is stirring things up in Denver, wanting to be traded, and he's had a few "run ins" himself. Will they give in to him too? I don't know. The Broncos are going down a different path with him than they did with Cutler, so that remains to be seen. But, if he does get traded, will another team take him?
Then you have people like T.O. He is a superb athlete, but he's never been in any trouble or arrested. His problem is himself. But, he's not physically hurting anyone. His main problem is he loves himself more than his team. Buffalo will eventually find this out.
The owners of the teams that, together, call themselves the NFL, are wanting to win at all costs, and that includes Jerry Jones. He's not safe, or any different than any other owner. I don't always agree with him.He has done some bonehead moves, maybe more so than any other.
Buffalo, for example, and I've read this, is desperate, and the coach is "trying to save his job". Hiring Owens may or may not be worth it. I wish them well, but I have a suspicion that their QB will be getting an earful before the season's over, and if they aren't winning.
The point is, if it was you or I in the place of these players, and being regular joes, would the court system be as lenient on us, and if we lost our job, would we be able to find another job as swiftly as these players? I really doubt it.