10/30/14 by Matthew S. Vandriak
In the shadow of the outburst of domestic violence in the NFL, some players still don't get it. Fortunately, there haven't been anymore incidents of domestic violence since right after the season started and the backlash that ensued. But as for avoiding negative off the field headlines...some guys just can't help but continue to bring a negative portrayal of NFL players.
The latest is Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene. Greene was arrested last week and is facing multiple charges after an incident in Franklin, Tennessee. The incident started when Greene parked in a handicapped parking space. A parking enforcement officer noticed this and approached Greene with the intent of citing him. That's when Greene decided to leave. Well not just leave. According to reports, he nearly struck the officers vehicle and then sped off. He was approached again when he got stuck in traffic, and again, he sped off. For his role in this incident, Greene was charged with a parking violation, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended/revoked license.
Here's my question: why? Why would you park in a handicapped space to begin with? Whether you're a professional football player or an every day Joe, you don't park in a handicapped parking space out of respect for the people who actually NEED to use those spaces. But if you are going to do it, you run the risk of getting caught., which Shonn Greene did. At that point, why not just accept the fact you got caught? What does a parking ticket cost in Franklin, maybe $25 bucks? Greene signed a $10 million dollar contract before last season, I think he could afford it. But instead, he takes it to a new level of recklessness and stupidity.
At what point does a professional athlete lose common sense? And Greene was not under the influence of anything at the time of this incident. It's just pure stupidity. And more negative press for the NFL, which doesn't need any more of that right now. Add to this the Cheech and Chong act pulled by Pittsburgh Steelers running back's Le'Veon Bell and Legarrette Blount before the season started. This one kind of got overshadowed by the Ray Rice video, but if you didn't know, these two were pulled over by a police officer outside of Pittsburgh when he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle that Bell was driving. Again, where is the common sense? I mean if you're an NFL player and you want to smoke weed, do it at home! I'm not condoning or condemning marijuana use, but it is illegal in Pennsylvania. Not only that, Bell was DRIVING while smoking weed. That's driving under the influence, which is also illegal. And it's reckless and stupid for anyone to do that, NFL player or not.
Is this what the NFL has become? Where instead of waiting for injury reports and game previews, you're waiting to see who got arrested in the past week? C'mon NFL, you're better than this. Start holding your players accountable for their actions instead of the slap on the wrist penalties that Greene, Bell, and Blount will likely receive.
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