It’s better to be a criminal than a bad teammate in the NFL

In the NFL it seems like you can be redeemed from just about anything. You can fail drug tests, have multiple arrests, get suspended for violent hits multiple times, there aren’t a whole lot of deal-breakers. Criminal histories are referred to as “off-the-field issues”. One thing that is a deal-breaker for certain, though, is being called a bad teammate.

Take for instance, the Miami Dolphins locker room situation. To some degree, especially from inside the current Miami Dolphin locker room, Jonathan Martin now wears the crown of being a bad teammate. No matter what he was put through, or what is acceptable for him to have to deal with, he broke the ranks of the brotherhood and went public with locker room behavior. While he’s probably going to be accepted by other teams across the league, he’s probably best to not to return to Miami. Richie Incognito, on the other hand, has been labeled as a psychopath and a racist for the most part and is probably only welcomed back into the Dolphins locker room, which, no matter what side you’re on looks pretty friggin dysfunctional at this point. But each of these guys, for one reason or another, has been labeled a bad teammate and probably won’t have the same career going forward.

Think of the biggest “locker room cancer” you can think of. Terrell Owens, right? Owens was never arrested during his NFL career, although he did have an incident where he overdosed on hydrocodone in 2006 but later said it was an allergic reaction. He also had an arrest warrant for failure to pay child support in 2011, but was never arrested for that. Owens has records that read like a HOF’er as he holds the record for consecutive seasons with at least 6 or more touchdowns, along with Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice. He holds single season receiving records with just about every team he played for but he’s been on the outside looking in on the NFL for the past two years because he has a history of being a bad teammate. That and he’s on the wrong side of 35, obviously. How many teams would be willing to take a flyer on Owens if he had the same stats but instead of touchdown celebrations and sideline temper tantrums he had just as many arrests or convictions? I’d guess at least one.

Now look at the NFL’s latest arrested player, Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. Bowe was arrested for speeding and possession of a controlled substance this week. He was released on bond and awaits a court appearance in December. The controlled substance, per police, was marijuana. Bowe is scheduled to start in Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver because the team can’t discipline him per the CBA. The team could bench him if they wanted but here is what Andy Reid had to say about Bowe.

“Dwayne’s been a team player since I’ve been here. He doesn’t want to bring any problems.” – Andy Reid

So driving around speeding with weed in the car isn’t bringing problems? Ok. I guess if he did that but wasn’t a team player it would be a different story.

Good thing that San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is a good teammate too. He was arrested in September for a DUI on a Friday morning, just hours before 49ers practice. He wrapped his car around a tree and blew twice the legal limit. Also there was weed in his car as well. Not only that, but Smith just recently pleaded “Not Guilty” to weapons charges stemming from an incident at a house party he had in July of 2012. Aldon also has a previous DUI arrest since joining the 49ers. He was arrested in January of 2012. Smith left the team following his most recent arrest and entered into a rehab facility but before he did that, he started a game for the 49ers. You know, team player and all.49ers defensive co-captain Patrick Willis was pleased to have Smith rejoin the team last week.

“Since he came in, he’s been very productive for our defense, a play-maker for our defense and to get him back is a good thing.” – Patrick Willis

Seems odd that players don’t equate a teammate who missed practice time and games due to their “off-the-field incidents” with being a bad teammate. If they are a high contributor to the team, that sure as hell causes the team to suffer with that players absence. You can be a drunk driver, drug abuser, and a host of other things but if you’re a bad teammate you have no place in the NFL. Who’s in a better position right now? Dwayne Bowe or Jonathan Martin?

Topics: Aldon Smith, Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Martin, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Richie Incognito, San Francisco 49ers

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  • DidusayJenn

    Definitely making some good points here!

  • chiefridgy

    Good point. Weed wasn’t Bowe’s and his name will be cleared.

  • Deadmeat

    So if I accuse you of something illegal, you should be fired until you can prove yourself innocent? As far as I know, he hasn’t been convicted yet.

  • Brian Martasin

    TO is on the outside looking in because he’s washed up, not because he was a bad team mate.

    Also, it’s a stretch to compare DBowe’s alleged malfeasance of speeding with a little harmless pot in the car to what Aldon Smith did.

  • Ephrom Marks

    Hell I speed everyday … Maybe they should fire me?????

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING

    time for the NFL to have their business licenses revoked in half the country….it’s legal in 2 states they do business and medically legal in half the country….time for a policy change

    20 years behind us Kansas and the NFL…scary and sad, if bowe is a criminal then most people i know in norcal are too….come join us brother

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • Immortal Illumined

    if weed and speeding are a crime, then im a super oultaw, lol, welcome to nazi land, where freedoms don’t really exist

  • Kansas City Rob

    Can this Bowe story be put to bed for now please? Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Even if guilty, speeding and a small amount of weed, wow lock him up and throw away the key. Ridiculous if history is correct a whopping 1 game suspension. The only distraction to the team are media and lame self-righteous fans who have nothing else to talk about.

  • DXW

    I would say that it’s time for you guys to come into the 21st century and legalize this harmless plant and put pressure on the NFL to change it’s testing policy since a majority of NFL players smoke pot for pain relief, but that’s pointless. First, you guys need to focus on coming into the 19th century by dropping creationism and begin teaching evolution to your kids… Once you do that, then maybe you’ll be mentally ready to tackle the pot issue.

    • Kansas City Rob

      Yup gotta agree. One day we will look back on marijuana laws like the prohibition era,

    • kcpauly

      what the hell does religious belief have a rats ass to do with this?

      • kcpauly

        But I do agree with you on the weed thing totally over blown BS, you can smoke cigs, that are proven to kill cuz, gov’t makes money from them, you can drink alcohol which impairs as much if not more so than weed, cuz the gov’t makes money off it, but you can’t smoke weed cuz they can’t control people growing/getting their own, so they lose out on that money so it can’t be done, what a joke…I for one really don’t care for the gov’t or any one else for that matter telling me what I can and can’t do with my life
        Go Chiefs!!!!!

        • kcpauly

          oh yeah and don’t forget about all the poisons, the drug companies and even food manufacturers feed us daily for profit, but again the gov’t makes money from them so it’s all good, this country going down the tubes in a hurry, riding a HUGE inneffective gov’t right to the bottom too.
          Go Chiefs!!!!

    • DTVTechGuy

      Marijuana is mostly harmless. I agree with that sentiment.

      It does have documented side effects. You should really educate yourself on the entire topic and not just your ” favorite ” parts.

      Insulting other people by implying a lack of mental capacity for those who choose to believe in God shows a lack of maturity and basic understanding of what freedom is.

      Dictating to other people what they should believe, accept, or teach is exactly how people like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and countless other people history has labeled evil and without soul behaved.

      Shame on you for sitting in judgement of other human beings.

      You’re nobody.

      Mind Your Own Business.

      • DXW

        Of course it has side effects. It dulls pain, it increases appetite, improves mood, etc… That’s the point. My point is that unlike the prescribed pills that kill thousands of patients a year, no one, not ever, has died from smoking pot. Careful here, son. I know more than you.

        As far as creationism over evolution in schools….

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA … You’re an idiot.

        • DTVTechGuy

          I didn’t say anything about creationism over evolution. My opinion is irrelevant.

          I said your nobody to judge or decide for other people.

          And I’m the idiot?

          At least I read AND comprehend what is being said before I respond.

          You know what you need to realize? Because I honestly think you’re missing something REAL important.

          Your opinion doesn’t matter. Nothing you say matters. You’re not important. You don’t have an impact on other people’s lives.You’re irrelevant.

          • DXW

            Yep

        • DTVTechGuy

          I feel sad you actually spent the time to write all of those little ha’s out.

          The more time that goes by, the more I feel you should probably talk to someone. There’s hotlines out there. A community outreach program of some type.

          You really need a friend.

          • DXW

            Ha… Cut and paste, brother. It’s one of those fancy computer tricks the kids are using today on their magic internet boxes.

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