The laziness of one writer is embarrassing

I think eventually, people will tire of making up points of proof. There's always a reason for something, and in some people's minds, the problem the Bengals are running into, is solely because of Marvin Lewis. But my question is do you blame Marvin, even on the made up stories of players arrested?

Take this Seahawks Huddle article:

Most of us are getting tired of hearing about the Bengals’ trouble with the law. The Bengals keep getting themselves into trouble, everyone from Chris Henry to Reggie McNeal. However, the true problem starts with Marvin Lewis.

After detailing all the arrests, the article concludes that the Lewis' fault is drafting these guys -- which may carry some validity. However, at the time, these guys were drafted to help us win.. No one foresaw Chris Henry's troubles and being arguably the best #3 receiver in the league, no one cared. They raise their hands in beer salutes when he scores one of his 15 career touchdowns. Then he had a string of arrests that had people crying foul.

I understand his frustrations, but instead of taking it out on the media, he needs to use his frustrations to set examples by disciplining the individuals who get arrested.

Chris Henry and Deltha O'Neal have sat out at least one game by a team imposed suspension. Matthias Askew and A.J. Nicholson are gone. The article said that Johnathan Joseph was "arrested twice for possession of marijuana, and domestic violence." The domestic violence is news to me. Therefore, I wonder if the article is trying to make the players appear more damaging to prove a point of blaming Lewis.

Or take this statement:

A.J. Nicholson has been arrested a few times for burglary, grand theft, and most recently, spousal abuse. Nicholson’s girl friend later changed her story, saying that she hit herself in the face with the phone, which is how she received the bruises on her face. The jury did not buy her story and Nicholson is now in jail. (The same day he was in court, the Bengals released him; Coach Lewis called it a coincidence.)

This is where I begin question whether or not the work was done to research... anything. First of all, there was no jury -- the judge was the one that continued the case without hearing the girlfriend's testimony. And Nicholson was arrested for violating his probation; not direct punishment for domestic violence. The case for domestic violence was a preliminary hearing.

Odell Thurman is the most recognizable name out of these. He has been given many chances by the league and may have run out them. He was arrested a few times for driving while intoxicated and received a few suspensions.

Once. Odell Thurman was arrested, once. The problems Thurman is dealing with is with the NFL, not the law. And no, he hasn't been given any chances. He was suspended twice (four games and 12 games).

But wait... there's more!

Matthias Askew, from Michigan State, was arrested for resisting arrest. Askew parked his car illegally, and later refused to move his car. The 6’5", 308-pound defensive lineman chose to physically show the police how he felt. Obviously, this is never a good idea. Askew was tazed and arrested. The situation could have simply been avoided if Askew had moved his car, but he decided to make the situation difficult.

The article fails to provide any balance -- just total slant. Askew was tazed and arrested. That part is correct. What the writer fails to say is that Askew was found not guilty of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstruction of official business. Soon afterwards, Askew filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city, "accusing police officers of excessive force when they used a stun gun to subdue him while making an arrest in July."

From all reports, Chris Henry has been on his way to getting his life back together, so hopefully these latest reports of drug test failure are not true.

They're not true. That's been established already.

This is what I talk about when I say the media -- blog, print, television -- really fail.

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