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:
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.
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:
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.
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!
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."
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.