It seems I can’t flip to my NFL Football news anymore without reading some story of the latest criminal exploits of a member of the Detroit Lions.
When I was a kid, the epitome of bad-guy football was the Oakland Raiders. Not only do they feature the infamous “Black Hole” fans, crazed hooligans that occasionally stab fans of rival teams, but their players often had reputations ranging from petty criminal to violent pscyho. Take a moment to review the tales of Jon Ritchie, Greg Biekert, George Atkinson, Jack Tatum, Barret Robbins, Bill Romanowski, and Darrell Russell some time. Jack Tatum delivered the hit that paralyzed Darryl Stingley and was famous for saying “I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.” Bill Romanowski kicked opponents in the head, punched teammates into retirement, and was involved in the BALCO steroids scandal.
But these days, the Silver and Black are falling behind in the mug shot department to the Silver and Blue, and it’s not just marijuana busts the Detroit Lions players are involved in (though there is a lot of that) but this time, real crimes that could hurt innocent people.
Nick Fairley is in trouble again. This time, for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and attempting to elude police.
Fairley was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. today, according to the report. He was charged with DUI and attempting to elude police, but troopers told the station Fairley also was ticketed for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and having an open container.
Along with Fairley’s two arrests, running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana in Berrien County and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested in South Carolina for possession of marijuana.
Receiver Titus Young also has not been allowed at the Lions’ organized team activities since he sucker-punched Louis Delmas at a workout earlier this month.