I’m relatively new to The Score, but I’ve already carved out quite a niche for myself as the guy who writes about NFL players running afoul of the law. I have to admit, it’s steady work, so I have no real complaints. But if Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry happened to point a gun at me in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday night, I’m sure I’d have a complaint or two.
I guess I should rephrase that last sentence; it should be “former” Lions cornerback Aaron Berry, because after Saturday’s alleged brandishing of a weapon, Berry has been given his walking papers. This should come as no surprise, as this was Berry’s second arrest of the offseason. On June 23, Berry was arrested on suspicion of DUI and failure to stop after he crashed his BMW into a couple of parked cars in downtown Harrisburg.
Here’s the official reason for the move (as if one was necessary), and a statement from team president Tom Lewand.
The Lions have terminated the contract of Lions cornerback Aaron Berry after he was arrested for a second time in a month over the weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Berry was released due to “personal conduct which adversely affects the club.”
“We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.
This has been a rather felonious offseason for the Lions, with defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure each getting arrested twice. Fairley’s chosen moronic behavior was a DUI and possession of marijuana, while Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana. Offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
Three guys were arrested twice. That’s downright embarrassing, and Berry’s release is a step in the right direction. Teams need to get tougher on repeat offenders, and it seems that other guys in the Lions’ dressing room agree. Mike Freeman from CBS Sports just tweeted this…
It’s probably convenient when a player who’s a repeat offender is more expendable, as Berry wasn’t good enough on the field for the Lions to tolerate his off-field crap, whereas Fairley and Leshoure (who was suspended by the league for twp games) get to skate because they are worth the headache, or at least more worth it than Berry. That said, pulling a gun on someone is much worse (at least to me) than possession of marijuana, so if Berry’s found guilty, he is far more deserving of getting shit-canned than Fairley or Leshoure.
Any way you slice it, the offseason can’t end quickly enough for the Detroit Lions.