The Detroit Lions’ 2011 draft class has made headlines for all the wrong reasons this offseason.
First, Johnny Culbreath gets arrested for possession of marijuana then Mikel Leshoure gets arrested for possession marijuana, then Nick Fairley gets arrested for possession of marijuana, then Mikel Leshoure gets arrested again, for possession of marijuana, then Titus Young sucker punches Louis Delmas, and finally Nick Fairley gets arrested for a DUI. Got all that? It’s a messy series of events.
One would think that Leshoure would learn from Culbreath that doing the wrong thing eventually catches up with you, and that Fairley would learn from Leshoure that if you continue to do the wrong thing you will continue to answer for your actions, but they didn’t.
At this point fans are beyond mad at the lack of self control these young Lions have displayed. Fans have reached a stage of disappointment, the kind of disappointment a mother displays when she is past the point of screaming and yelling, and simply has nothing left to say to her child who continues to ignore her. At that point, what happens next?
I believe the Lions let their troublesome players answer that question. Will these young lions feel guilty, embarrassed, and angry with themselves, and strive to represent themselves and the organization with respect? Or will they ignore right from wrong and continue to embarrass the organization and put themselves first?
The actions of the players from this point on should answer that question. There have been enough examples of what not to do to implement a zero tolerance policy. I think Jason Hanson has made the last excuse for the players currently on the Lions’ roster.
“it’s just you’re young and it’s the NFL and it’s big time and you’ve got money and it’s just too easy to be stupid.”
Jason Hanson makes a good point. I’m sure it can be very difficult to resist the temptations that present themselves when you’re in that position. However, the excuse of being young and stupid is no longer valid.
Football is ultimately a business, if you don’t do your job you will be replaced.
Hopefully everyone has learned their lesson. These players have made their “rookie mistakes” and there are no more excuses. Its time to grow up or move on.