Geez, I just thought of another story, this one is kind of funny (I guess) but wasn't at the time.
I got into a fist fight... with my own teammate... during an actual game... in front of a bunch of college coaches there recruiting.
When I say a fist fight, I mean the other guy punched me so hard in the face my eye swelled shut and he BROKE his hand on my face. We were both on the bench as we had just been substituted out of the game. We got in an argument because he thought I was shooting too much (he was probably right ), I got up to go to the end of the bench, but as I got up, I shoved him in the face. Not a punch, but I did shove him in the face. I went and got a water bottle, and when I turned around he punched me square in the face, breaking his hand in the process.
Meanwhile, the game is still going on. I tackle him and we start rolling around on the ground punching each other, the refs stop the game, but have no idea what to do. I guess there isn't much precedent for teammates fighting while on the bench. We eventually got ejected, although it didn't really matter because my eye was swollen shut and his hand was broken.
And you know what. I love the dude who hit me. He was a good guy. And I think I am a pretty good guy too. Neither one of us were "thugs" or "stupid". We were both just really intense and got caught up in the moment.
Enough of all this talk about your ball game. I'm going to need to see it on the court ASAP. Let's meet up at the Y and play. No punches....
Again....this really isn't about the type of "crimes" he's committed, it's about his inability to make the right decisions or keep himself away from people/situations where stupid poo like this can occur. I don't think many people are really mad about him punching someone in a pickup game - they're more mad that they're even having to have to worry about this poo at the beginning of July and a few days after he was drafted.
So I got the call today to come in for a final interview. It's next Wednesday so I have time to get cleaned up(haircut,shave,nice shirts). It was a really casual call. He told me I was one of the final choices and he'd like me to come in to observe a broadcasting session. It's not a stress test I would strictly be observing and attached to his hip the whole day. By the way the person I've been speaking with is the Chief Editor and we really seem to have a connection. But anyway after the broadcast is over he wants me to meet the News Director and have a sit down with the 3 of us. Really excited and nervous!
For me this is a lot like the Josh Gordon recent incident. It's not the action that's so terrible. Altercations during pickup games are pretty common. Getting DUIs on holidays happens (still stupid though). It's the fact that these guys aren't capable of understanding what's at stake and how to carry themselves to avoid being in these kind of situations. They honestly just don't get it.
It's not the action of getting a .09 DUI that's so unforgivable (which is still very bad). It's the fact that this guy basically had one more chance and still blows it. The best player in the league isn't worth dealing with someone like that.
In NC smoking weed and DUIs are both illegal. If the case you're making for him involves "so what everyone does it" then you're thinking is as irrational as Gordon's.