Yes, people are tired of diva wide receivers. Yes, I believe that the amount of legal troubles NFL players have recently been involved in is
As many of you are probably aware by now, the Dolphins have released Chad
Ochocino Johnson for (I can only assume) his domestic battery charge filed 24 hours earlier. While many will applaud this action as holding a player accountable for his actions, it personally bothers me a lot. When I get bothered, I vent. When I vent, BGNers have to deal with one more entry in the recent fanpost section. I swear I will tie this into the Eagles, and NOT as one of those "OMG SIGN CHAD JOHNSON" forays.
Now, am I saying Chad Johnson is innocent? No. But I am saying that he is not necessarily guilty, and we should let him have his day in court before royally messing up his life. I hope that the NFL world takes notice of what Miami is doing, and makes sure not to fall into the same trap they have. If the Eagles had followed Miami's method of handling "locker room distractions," for example, Dion Lewis would be cut for...what?
Which brings me to the Eagles tie-in. When thinking about Johnson's situation, I realized something about the Eagles FO: they handle legal troubles correctly. They let the legal system play out, as they should, before making their decision. I have already talked about Lewis briefly, but let me also bring up the incident with Vick's birthday party two years ago. Vick had just finished his first season as an NFL starter after prison, and I'm sure many were wondering how he would respond to his renewed fame. I'm sure the FO was nervous about the possible implications of this fame, yet didn't blink when the shooting occurred. Andy talked to Vick, the FO waited for the attorney's statement, and they determined that Vick was not connected with the shooting whatsoever. It would have been very easy to instinctively punish Vick, but the FO did their due diligence and were fair to the man. Similarly, not many would have batted an eye if a backup RB had been punished (or cut) for an incident which, upon first glance, looked pretty bad. But once again, the FO let everything come into the open before making any decisions.
I believe in the legal system. I believe that it should be the standard to which men are judged; if the legal system deems guilty or innocent, then I believe the public should support that decision. While these are certainly stressful times for team management officials due to questionable behavior by athletes, I completely disagree with the Dolphins' handling of Johnson. On the other hand, I applaud the Eagles FO for acting in a consistent, logical manner with their athletes. Perhaps little things such as these that go unnoticed are why so many athletes are drawn to Philadelphia to continue their football careers.