Oakland Raiders: We All Fall Short of Perfection and Need Redemption

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 18, 2011

NAPA, CA - AUGUST 01:  Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders works out during the Raiders training camp at their Napa Valley Training Complex on August 1, 2010 in Napa, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The beat goes on. The temptations and challenges continue in the lives of young Oakland Raiders and other NFL players.

For example, Rolando McClain is young and already he has been sued and shot at during offseason. It would be nice to see what good things he has done to let us know that he and others are going to be better and more responsible citizens and Oakland Raiders.

Of course, our expectation is a postive and productive career for this generation of players, yet we know that we all fall short, one way or another.

This article is inspired by Vaden's fine article. His work and that of Mr. X add dimension to the BR site. Since this is a forum, there can be opportunities to discuss proposition P, and the negation of P, not matter how you define P.  

Here is an article (re-visited) which lists some guys and their past challenges:

The Article Re-visited

Why don't we try a little tenderness and report more NFL good news.

Surely, there are NFL players who help elderly persons cross the street.

There are probably others who help homeless persons.

There are, I believe, others who have donated their old clothes and shoes to the needy.

The list could go on and on. 

The coverage of the good news seems overshadowed by the bad news.

I was doing research on May 14, 2009, and discovered this link.

Item after item reported the criminal conduct or allegations against NFL players.

As I read the blogs and articles, I thought: Is the proportion of NFL players who do good things greater than those who fall short?

Then to add to the controversy, I thought of some examples of great men, renowned men and men in the "good book" who fell short, and made mistakes.

For example, David messed up with Bethsheba. 

Samson goofed up with Delilah.

Joseph was approached (big time and went to prison because of a lie) by Potiphar's wife.  (Any Potiphar wives around these days?)

Abraham listened to Sarah's counsel, and later, things got all jacked up!

This list goes on and on, too.

Overall, in these biblical examples, the record shows that the good that these men did outweighed the bad.  Somehow they were restored, redeemed or made their mark in history.  Somewhere and somehow they made restitution or were forgiven.

So as you read the list below giving captions of how others have fallen short (of glory), think and question: Have I fallen short (made mistakes), too?

As we grow older, we begin to realize that we all fall short, one way or another.

That's why I referred to Otis Reddings' song: Try a little tenderness in the media and in our immediate social circle. Try a little tenderness in the Raider Nation and on the BR website.

List of recent incidents:

May 12, 2009
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter is free on bond after his arrest in Abilene.

May 9, 2009
A former NFL player is under arrest, after an overnight traffic stop turns into a high risk takedown in Scarborough, CP24 has learned.

May 7, 2009
NFL football player from Oklahoma arrested

May 3, 2009
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Biren Ealy and tight end Kolomona Kapanui were charged Sunday with obscenity, disturbing the peace and lewd conduct for allegedly being drunk, urinating in public and exposing themselves.

April 28, 2009
Bills safety Donte Whitner has pleaded not guilty to aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an April 13 incident in Cleveland.

April 27, 2009
Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips has been cited for misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a security guard in the face at a downtown hotel early Sunday morning.

April 26, 2009
The Rams picked up a big cornerback with a past DUI arrest

April 24, 2009
Former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith said he is embarrassed by an arrest on drug charges and will fight to overcome addiction.

April 23, 2009
Chargers DT Jamal Williams pleaded guilty to two traffic violations on Thursday.

April 22, 2009
San Diego star defensive tackle Jamal Williams is planning to plead guilty to traffic infractions following an arrest that was originally for the suspicion of drunk driving.

April 16, 2009
Former NFL running back Travis Henry pleaded guilty Thursday to trafficking cocaine in a federal drug case that could land him in prison for 10 years or more.

April 13, 2009
Buffalo Bills defensive back Donte Whitner was tasered and arrested around 3am Saturday in Cleveland

April 8, 2009
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall has continued the AFC North team’s unwanted tradition of trouble.

April 2, 2009

Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth is charged with DUI manslaughter

April 2, 2009
Michael Vick will hang drywall

March 29, 2009
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has resolved two legal entanglements that resulted in his one-game unpaid suspension last season from the league, and a multiple-game paid vacation from the team.

March 25, 2009
Mike Vick is out of jail!!!

March 26, 2009
Commish Roger Goodell previously has said that the ability of Falcons quarterback Mike Vick to return to the league will be driven by the extent to which he shows remorse for his crimes.

March 26, 2009
Lost in the brouhaha that has erupted regarding the shameful incident that unfolded between Dallas police officer Robert Powell and Texans running back Ryan Moats is a report that Powell drew his gun on Moats’ wife.

March 26, 2009
New York Football Giants Receiver Plaxico's Lawyer Tries to Make a Plea Deal

March 26, 2009
Dallas police delayed NFL player as relative died

March 25, 2009
Former Lions receiver Charles Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in 2003, has been put back in jail for violating the terms of his probation.

March 24, 2009
Former Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler has unpaid taxes.

William "Jeff" Komlo, Fugitive Ex-NFL QB, Killed In Car Crash In Greece: Report

March 20, 2009
Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Cornell Green was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Tampa, Fla., after beating the mother of his two children with an aluminum mop handle, according to an Associated Press report published in the Tampa Tribune.

March 20, 2009
The Miami Herald is reporting that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was driving drunk when a car he was driving hit and killed a man last Saturday.

March 17, 2009
Marshawn Lynch met Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who will decide whether the Buffalo Bills running back will be disciplined after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

March 16, 2009
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived receiver Matt Jones on Monday, parting ways with the former first-round draft pick just days after his latest arrest.

March 12, 2009
Albert "Helmet Stomper" Haynesworth is in trouble again as he is indicted on traffic charges

March 12, 2009
Vikes' McKinnie could avoid charges if he complies

March 6, 2009
Prosecutors have dismissed weapons and assault charges against former New England Patriots player Willie Andrews, who was accused of pointing a gun at his fiancee's head during an argument.

March 2, 2009
Denver Broncos star receiver Brandon Marshall faces a possible suspension even though a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a fight with his fiance was dismissed in an Atlanta court Monday. This is where the NFL has gone too far, someone is not guilty, wrongfully arrested and is suspended in the NFL. That's not to excuse his history of legal issues.


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