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Jonathon Amaya: Battery Charges Will Be Fatal Blow to Safety's Career

METAIRE, LA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Jonathon Amaya of the New Orleans Saints poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 20, 2016

Jonathon Amaya is not good enough to have his NFL career withstand the recent serious charges he is facing.

Yes, that is a giant double standard, but that is the nature of business.

The charges Amaya faces are disturbing. Brian Hamacher of NBC 6 in South Florida broke the news:

#BREAKING #Dolphins DB Jonathon Amaya arrested for battery after argument with cab driver in Miami Beach: Police: bit.ly/9z9Knh

— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) November 26, 2012

The NBC 6 website added more from details gathered from the police report.

As they drove, Amaya became "aggressive" and Vunge drove back to the spot where he'd picked Amaya up, gave the cash back to him and told him to get out of the cab, the report said.

Vunge told police Amaya "leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck and started choking him," the report said.

Now, let me be clear that these are charges. Amaya has not been found guilty of anything here, but just the allegations will be enough for him to find a permanent ticket out of the NFL for Amaya, and this is simply because he was a borderline NFL player to begin with. 

After going undrafted in 2010, Amaya latched on with the Dolphins as a special teams player. He was traded to the Saints the following year, and then resigned with the Dolphins this past year.

In his three seasons, he has been relegated to special teams play and has totaled just 35 tackles. 

This is not an indisposable player, and now he has this serious allegation, pending court case and possible suspension and/or jail time hovering over him. 

If Amaya was say, Tom Brady, his future in the NFL wouldn't be in question. Shoot, if he was even a trusted backup, he'd still find a roster spot, but he's not.

He is a replaceable player that will be replaced. 

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