Unbelievable! For the sixth time this year, a member of the Detroit Lions' roster has hit the police blotter. The most recent blotter member is Aaron Berry; the cornerback was arrested early Saturday morning in Harrisburg, PA on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Barry was also charged with two counts of causing damage to an unattended vehicle or property and two counts of failure to stop and give information to law enforcement. It was reported that he struck two vehicles, got out of his car and left the scene on foot.
Barry has joined his fellow teammates on the famous list of athletes posted on a police blotter for either excessive drinking (and driving) or smoking some "herbal substance".
Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession.
Running Back Mikel Leshoure has been arrested for marijuana possession....TWICE!!!
Offensive Lineman Johnny Culbreath has been arrested for marijuana possession.
ALL THREE ARE MEMBERS OF THE LIONS' 2011 DRAFT CLASS.
This is sad because it seems like the Lions of last season played with reckless abandon (sometimes not controlled) and with that type of play, made their mark in the NFL as an up-and-coming team that made it to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Head coach Jim Schwartz let go of the reigns and allowed the Lions to run wild to prove a point to other teams in the league that you can't push Detroit anymore; with that act comes consequences because when you let a team loose like that on the field, you run a chance of some players not knowing when to turn off that switch. The Lions' organization needs to close the gate to the asylum because with every "off the field incident" like this catches the attention of the commissioner Roger Goodell, and we all know that he will go to any lengths to protect that shield (just ask the New Orleans Saints).
I know it might be early, but right now I got to compare them to the NBA's infamous Portland Jail Blazers of the early 2000s. That was a team full of thugs and wannabe thugs who just didn't care about how they were acting and portrayed to the public and the Trailblazers fanbase. You had players stealing from one another, threatening press staffers and cursing out fans who just wanted take a picture. I'm not going to put the whole team down in a bad light because you did have some players who really cared about how they were viewed in the public's eye and did reach out to the Portland community, but at that time all of the news that was coming out of the Rose Garden was negative because of the few who were acting childish and just straight ignorant.
I still consider Detroit Lions a team on the rise with quality players like Calvin Johnson, Brandon and Matt Stafford, but when problems keep occurring off the field dealing with drugs and alcohol, people won't be looking at the Lions and thier fanbase in a positive light, but as the few absent-minded wannabe thugs that are on the team.
I'm just saying....