It’s that time of year again. We have grown to expect that during this time of the year, we will be reading about or watching on sports networks of how some NFL star was arrested. They are on vacation right now. I like to think of it as spring break during the summer for men who play one of the toughest sports in the world and get paid handsomely to do so.
Our latest victim is Matt Jones. In a story posted a few moments ago on firstcoastnews.com, Jones was arrested in Arkansas on cocaine charges. According to reports, Jones was found sitting in a Toyota 4runner with Benjamin Cook and Jared Hicks in a known drug area of Arkansas.
Jones had a white powdery substance on a white card with a credit card in the other hand. Jones was handcuffed after an officer pulled his gun on Jones because he did not immediately comply with the officer to step out of the vehicle.
Jones is charged with a felony possession of a controlled substance while both Cook and Hicks are charged with misdemeanors of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Jaguars are gearing up for the new season with the "Believe In Now" ads. They were preparing to challenge the Colts for the division title this season. Jones will be a minor distraction, but not much because since he started in the NFL with the Jaguars, he has not produced as anticipated.
He started as a pretty solid wide receiver, but has since succumbed to mediocrity. If Jones is convicted, the Jaguars should be just fine. Jones will probably not be there this season because Roger Goodell will not take it easy on him (and neither will a judge most likely).
Jones is not the first, and unfortunately, probably not the last NFL player who has been arrested during their vacation before training camp. Cedric Benson has been the most talked about this year. His two DWIs have caused him to have an ignition lock installed on his car, but worse yet, he was released by the Bears after the second DWI.
Maybe the NFL should make the veterans attend the rookie symposium each year as well, so that it can be reiterated year in and year out that life as an NFL player does not mean that you are invisible when it comes to negative situations. Your recognition and status only give you more to lose.
I sincerely hope that Jones will be the last negative story that we have to report before the start of the season, but for some reason, I doubt it.