Will Nick Fairley's 2nd Arrest Force the Detroit Lions to Clean Up Their Act?
The Detroit Lions just can't stop making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Earlier this offseason, I wrote that the Detroit Lions would go as far as their petulant nature allowed. From the head coach on down, the Lions need to have a serious look in the mirror about how they operate. I ended that post saying that I honestly believe the Lions have the talent to be Super Bowl contenders, a stance I reiterated in this video I did with Josh Zerkle last week.
Last week, Mike Freeman of CBS Sports wrote something similar, writing in the wake of the Titus Young sucker punch that the Lions desperately need some semblance of control if they are to realize their ample potential.
As if on cue—"Hey, it's been almost a week since someone did something stupid..."—defensive lineman Nick Fairley, he of the April 3 arrest for marijuana possession, was arrested yet again, this time for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, per the Mobile, Ala., FOX affiliate (Fairley's prior arrest was the third marijuana-related offense by the Lions' 2011 draft class since season's end).
I well understand Fairley's desire to elude authorities after this latest transgression. You can bet his employers will be quite unhappy when they hear of his latest escapades.
But what will they do about it?
Too much has happened off the field, and too little has changed in how the Lions handle these types of things to think this time will be any different. Look no further than how the team attempted to sweep the Titus Young incident under the rug.
When reports came out that Young had been barred from the facility for sucker-punching Louis Delmas, it seemed as though the team was finally starting to push back against this group of malcontents. Then, Tim Twentyman, a reporter for the team's website, indicated that, in fact, no such ban had been put in place.
What is truly sad about these unfortunate headlines is that they seem to drown out all the great things guys like Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford have done in the community this offseason.
Perhaps this latest Fairley arrest will be some kind of tipping point, but I'm not holding my breath.
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