Start Taking It Personal

9 Dec

Josh Brent

Josh Brent at the Irving Police Department. (AP)

 

Two weeks, two tragedies.  As the public is beginning to move forward from the Jovan Belcher story, here comes the tragic death of Jerry Brown, defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys.  He was in a car accident with alleged drunken driver Josh Brent, his college and professional teammate.  Dallas travelled to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals and found out on the plane.  It is a sobering reminder, excuse the pun, that players are not beyond the scope very public problem and often reflects a microcosm of society.  However, when will personal responsibility take over in these kinds of situations.  Please keep in mind, often times in NFL Cities, the NFL Players Association provides a car service for the players at little or no cost to them.  Judging by the statistics, a lot of players are not choosing to use this service, in fact between 2000-2008 out of the 385 arrest of NFL Gridders, 112 were for DUI.  When will personal responsibility take over some players.  I can somewhat understand that players may not want to leave their high-end vehicles in some remote place, however if a player is locked up for killing someone then the chances of enjoying that ride are slim to none.  So now you can add Josh Brent to names such as Leonard Little and Donte’ Stallworth and sadly you can add the name Jerry Brown to countless others that have died as a result of carelessness of drunken driving.  So while the NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell is suspending players for illegal hits, maybe he should suspend players for the next person they might hit.

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