March 22, 2010
In May of 2009, Miami Dolphins DT Randy Starks was arrested on a felony charge for aggravated assault on an officer. In February of 2010, CB Will Allen was arrested on DIU charges. In the same month, DT Tony McDaniel was arrested on domestic violence charges. And this weekend we find that RB Ronnie Brown has joined this shameful company by being arrested outside of Atlanta, GA, on DIU charges.
But this isn't only a Miami Dolphins issue. The Miami Heat have had their share of brushes with the authorities after G Carlos Arroyo (resisted arrest during a traffic stop) and F Dorell Wright (charged with DIU) were arrested in February and March of 2010, respectively.
What we are left with is an unsettling trend.
For the Dolphins, this symbolizes a philosophical schism between what they preach to their players and their players actions. It only harms the integrity of the Dolphins organization and brings into question the control over their players. Now that it has affected their star running back, we will see if the team decides to address this issue at an organizational level or continue to deal with it individually. For the sake of the franchise, the former should be the proper choice.
Like fashion, this is a trend that will likely fade away. But this is not a matter to be fashionably late on. It's time for this to go out of style. Now.