It's been a rough offseason for the Detroit Lions.
The latest incident on a roster that seems suddenly incapable of staying out of legal trouble revolves around cornerback Aaron Berry, who has been dismissed from the team after a Saturday arrest.
UPDATE: Monday, July 23 at 12:35 p.m. EDT
Berry's latest arrest and dismissal from the team has apparently troubled several veterans in the locker room, fed up with the team's deteriorating reputation this offseason.
From Eric Kay of CBS Sports:
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that "Lions brass consulted some veteran players in Lions locker room" about the decision to dump Berry. Lions players are, apparently, quite fed up with the way the team looks to the public.
"This s--- has to stop," one Lions player told CBSSports.com. "We're becoming the laughing stock of not only the NFL but all of sports."
Perhaps this latest incident will lead to accountability in the locker room and the veteran leaders on the Lions taking some of the perpetrators under wing. Everyone needs mentors—that seems especially true for some of the young Lions.
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Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has the details of Berry's arrest:
Cornerback Aaron Berry was arrested for the second time in a month early Saturday morning and charged with three misdemeanor counts of simple assault by physical menace after allegedly pointing a gun at three people, Harrisburg (Pa.) City Police said.
Berry’s arrest is the seventh run-in with the law in seven months by a Lions player in what’s been a disturbing off-season.
On Monday, the team reportedly decided to cut ties with the defensive back:
Source tells me Lions have decided to release CB Aaron Berry after his latest arrest and discussions today— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 23, 2012
In June, Berry was arrested for driving under the influence. And this second arrest in two months was a clear indication to the organization that it was time to move on.
In two seasons with the Lions after being signed as an undrafted free agent, Berry recorded 34 tackles and one interception in 12 games played.
Add Berry to the list of arrests this offseason for the Lions. Along with his two incidents, Nick Fairley has been arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession, Mikel Leshoure has been arrested twice for marijuana possession and Johnny Culbreath was also arrested once for—you guessed it—marijuana possession.
This offseason has already left some fans in doubt about whether or not the team deserves their support. It certainly doesn't help that Ndamukong Suh made noise for all the wrong reasons after stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith while he was on the ground during a November game this past year.
The Lions could use a bit of good publicity. Perhaps when the season starts, Calvin Johnson snagging beautiful passes from Matthew Stafford will do the trick.
For now, however, Aaron Berry's dismissal from the team is another troubling incident for the Lions this offseason.
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