In light of all the legal troubles four players found themselves in this offseason, there's been no shortage of Lions stories in the media.
Every Detroit fan has heard the rallying cry to punish the franchise for the misdeeds of several individuals.
In fact, Mike Florio of cbssports.com has led the charge. In this article he rants about the Lions failure to take action against the players in question and surmises that they're simply hiding behind the CBA.
He mentions several instances where NFL teams suspended or terminated players in similar situations. Similar but not the same.
Each one of those incidents occurred during the regular season. Detroit's quartet of criminals did their business during the offseason. Prior to training camp even. Florio and other's demand the Lions take control, but in reality they don't have a lot of control right now.
If these incidents had occurred during the season, these players would have been benched so hard they'd be picking splinters out of their....well you get my point.
Besides, when will the media realize that NFL teams are in the business of winning football games not employing choirboys. DUI's are obviously not good, but teams aren't motivated to "make an example" out of somebody that helps them win games.
In a separate article, Florio suggests that the NFL begin penalizing teams such as the Lions by taking away draft picks. He believes this will encourage teams to shy away from players with "off-field troubles".
If that happened than the NFL Draft would only last 10 minutes. There would be no players to draft and no one to draft them.
This rash of arrests is concerning, but in reality the Lions are no different then every other NFL franchise. They're not going to overreact and they're giving the players the benefit of the doubt to change.
The number and close proximity of the arrests simply created a media frenzy and the Lions are left to face the music.