Sometimes when players get sidetracked in the NFL and run into personal conduct issues, they eventually take a trip to New York to visit with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Perhaps it would be more cost effective if Goodell visited the Detroit Lions.
Because the Lions are in the police blotter once again. This time, cornerback Aaron Berry has been arrested. Berry was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend in Harrisburg, Pa. He was also charged with two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an according to the Detroit Free Press.
That makes Berry the fourth Lions player to be arrested this offseason. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure were arrested twice. All of the busts have involved driving drunk or marijuana.
Per the report, Berry apologized today through a sports management firm:
“I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization,” Berry said in the statement. “Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend. This is not the example I want to set for young people, and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words, and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me.”
Whatever message the Lions are sending their players, it isn’t getting through. Either that, or the players in the locker room are choosing not to receive the message. The club issued its own response to the news:
“We are extremely disappointed in the reports involving Aaron Berry and the incident in Pennsylvania this past weekend. This is not the standard of behavior we expect from any member of our organization. We have strongly and repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field, which makes this incident with Aaron all the more disappointing. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate.”
The Lions also talked about a standard of behavior when other players were arrested. Until there is a punishment that is so severe it deters this type of behavior, you have to wonder how far the club is from its next arrest.
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