Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NFL Teams Needs To Change Course

When it comes to potential or existing NFL players with character issues, the NFL and its teams need to change course and make a player's character one of the most important issues in deciding to select or retain players.

I believe that NFL teams are taking calculated gambles when character issues of players come to light. I think that many teams look at the dollar signs and short term gains rather than the consequences of signing character issue players.

The consequences of taking chances on problem players especially those with drug or violent criminal pasts can be detrimental to the team, the NFL and the player's victims. Unfortunately this week, we have an example of the dangers of signing or retaining a thug.

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot receiver was charged with first degree murder today and held without bail. We've heard for over a week that he was a person of interest in the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. While Hernandez is presumed Innocent, the guy's is in heap of trouble to say the least.

Hernandez came into the league with a troubled past and while a number of teams took a pass on drafting him the New England Patriots took a chance on him. Hernandez had gun related issues while in college as well drug problems (marijuana). The patriots gamble has failed. They released him just after he was arrested on Wednesday.

Hernandez isn't the only player with checkered pasts to be drafted. Many of those drafted have failed themselves, society and their teams. What should their teams expect when a guy is a criminal?

I don't have any sympathy for the Patriots or any team that ends up with a complete and utter disaster of a player on their team. The Patriots are in a world of hurt right now. They released Wes Welker earlier this year. They thought they had all the pieces they needed. I think they could use him right now.

NFL teams need to scrutinize the players that they are courting. They need to take a serious look at their past and if it's checkered they should think 100 times before signing that player.

The consequences for the league for encouraging a culture of signing thugs might end up being a public relations nightmare and disaster. Crimes that players are being charged with are becoming more and more serious. Serious Crimes being committed range from assault to rape to murder.

If the league wants to avoid having their fan base becoming disgusted with the league and their players they should start to take a serious look at their personnel.

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