When I hear that a person of note has done something bizarre, my first thought is always the same:
"That money is driving him crazy."
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs makes a strong case for my theory.
Early Monday morning, Briggs totaled his brand new Lamborghini Murcielago (value: $350,000) on a Chicago highway and left the scene of the accident.
This was the first in a series of questionable decisions.
Briggs, panicking, called a tow truck...then reported the car stolen...then called the cops back 10 minutes later to fess up that he was the one who wrecked his street rocket.
And there's more.
Illinois State Police have no record of Briggs reporting a stolen vehicle. They did receive a 4 a.m. call from Briggs, though they initially indicated that they hadn't received a call from Briggs until some time between 8 and 9 a.m.
Briggs gave no indication during either call that his vehicle had been stolen.
It's my conclusion that Briggs was probably drinking when he crashed the vehicle and made his series of calls. I'm sure that not showing up at the police station until later that morning bought him some valuable time on a sobriety test.
I'll preface this by saying that I in no way condone drinking and driving. But if Briggs was drinking, I can (very reluctantly) see HIS reasons for acting the way he did:
1. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is on the warpath. I don't think anyone in the league wants his name coming across the Commish's desk right now.
2. Briggs just came to terms on a one-year deal with the Bears, signing as their franchise player. I'd imagine he was afraid of being cut.
(Note: Franchise players can be released—the Philadelphia Eagles released Jeremiah Trotter after designating him as their franchise player after the 2002 season.)
In any event, Briggs failed to avoid the spotlight on this one, and the cloud of suspicion around him isn't going away anytime soon. He wasn't tested for alcohol or drugs—but don't think for a second that he dodged a bullet, as he faces a court hearing October 4th on Class A misdemeanor charges.
Probably more importantly, he faces the impending wrath of Roger Goodell.