Enough Way more than enough, in fact.
A line has to be drawn on how much a franchise will tolerate from players who can’t stay out of trouble, and if the latest charges are true involving Lions cornerback
According to police reports, Berry was arrested early Saturday morning at his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., in an incident in which Berry allegedly brandished a firearm from inside a vehicle.
An officer in the Harrisburg City Police Dept. confirmed the charges to Detroitlions.com on Sunday, saying: “Mr. Berry was taken into custody early Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault on allegations that a firearm was brandished by Mr. Berry.”
Berry’s arrest is the seventh by a Lions player this offseason, and he is one of three two-time offenders. Running back
Frankly, if anyone finds this ongoing string of bad behavior laughable -- and how it has given the Lions the image of an out-of-control franchise with renegades running wild -- then I don’t get the setup or the punchline.
There is nothing funny about any of it. The Lions have their first practice of training camp Friday morning, and the focus should be on how they can make the playoffs for a second straight time. Instead, the talk is about the police blotter as the franchise’s image continues to get battered.
Taking Berry’s latest arrest to its extreme, displaying a weapon in some kind of dispute just two days after 12 people were shot to death at a movie theatre in Colorado is as far out of touch with social sensitivity and responsibility as one can get.
Berry has put himself in a vulnerable position in terms of his position on the Lions’ roster, and if the Lions take the extreme action of parting ways with him, he has no defense. Berry is almost certain to be suspended by the NFL, and there is a strong chance the LIons’ franchise will be penalized because of the growing string of arrests of its players.
Berry’s first arrest was in late June, and came just nine days after the end of the Lions’ three-day minicamp. Coach Jim Schwartz and some veteran players spoke openly about the need for players to stay out of trouble.
Berry apparently didn’t get the message. He was arrested in Harrisbug on a DUI and other charges related to the incident.
After that arrest, I wrote a column that included the following: “As an organization, the Lions need to take the most drastic action allowable under restrictions of the collective bargaining agreement.“If that means cutting ties with Berry, who took first team reps this offseason, so be it.” I stood by it then, and I do now.
There is nothing personal against Aaron Berry, and I understand the sentiment from those who say that it isn’t right to single out Berry when others before him were in trouble. My answer to that: it’s a nice theory, but it doesn’t fly in the real world. In any business, any sport -- and include the military in this -- it’s common for management and leadership to take a stand after violations have piled up.
“The next guy” who gets in trouble is the one who gets punished. In this case, it’s Aaron Berry -- twice.