Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

What Is Nick Fairley Doing?


Well, this is an offseason that Lion fans want to forget about.  The team is on the edge of being a serious contender, but I’m scared that this offseason could greatly affect the team in 2012.  However, I know that people do make mistakes and they should be given second chances (maybe third for some players), but after reading that Nick Fairley is pleading not guilty, it makes me question his character.

If you don’t know the details of this specific incident, here they are from the same article:

A state trooper patrolling in the westbound lane of Interstate 10 near Tillman’s Corner reported that he was passed from behind by a black 2010 Cadillac Escalade driven by Fairley traveling at about 100 mph, according to Alabama State Troopers.

Fairley at first refused to yield to emergency lights and siren, troopers said, and he stopped near the U.S. 90 overpass.

Traffic citations for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container also were issued, officials said.

So with all of that evidence, why on Earth is he pleading not guilty?  Maybe he gets some kind of “special treatment” or has the possibly of lower penalties.

I believe the best thing Nick Fairley can do in this incident is to simply admit his wrongdoings.  If Fairley pleaded guilty, he could put it behind him.  Instead, he is going to drag this thing out with all of the evidence against him (I know, I know, “innocent until proven guilty”).

There are some positives with Fairley recently as he attended a rookie symposium recently.  At the symposium, which he couldn’t attend last year due to the lockout, he likely (and hopefully) learned about responsibilities of being a player in the NFL.

In last year’s NFL Draft, you can remember the character concerns about Fairley which ultimately dropped him down to the Lions.  So far, as much as I hate to say it, he has lived up to the concerns.

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  • Mike

    Pleading not guilty doesn’t mean he his lawyer thinks he’s innocent of all charges… He probably thinks one of a couple of the charges won’t stick. You’re making it seem like he’s throwing his hands up in innocents… Not the case at all.

    I’m guessing he gets the feeling charge dropped.

  • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

    If a defendant enters a plea of “guilty”, he basically waives his right to a trial. Courts will sometimes not accept guilty pleas from a defendant.