I am a big fan of Pro Football Talk and itâ€™s publisher, Mike Florio. Today Florio has a great post on Braylon Edwards in which Florio writes about the hypocrisy of the New York Jets and all of professional sports.
Francesa’s core message is on the money. The Jets could have done much more to Edwards, and the idea that they didn’t out of deference to the union is cover for ensuring that a starting-calibre receiver is on the field.
So when you hear any of the various talking heads on ESPN (we noticed several of them doing it today) explaining that the Jets had no choice but to let Edwards play, it’s simply not true. If the Jets wanted to send a message to Edwards and the rest of the locker room, they could have told Edwards to stay in New York this weekend.
But, as Francesa put it, the Jets care about the Dolphins. And they want to beat the Dolphins. And they think that Edwards will help them beat the Dolphins.
What else should we expect? They traded for Edwards two days after he was arrested for assault. Nearly a year later, they’re merely sleeping in the bed they made.
Itâ€™s not just the Jets, it is all professional sports teams (and I include many NCAA programs in with that). All they care about winning which translates into making money for the owners. Itâ€™s a world where you can beat your girlfriend and drag her up and down some stairs, not only do you not get cut, you get drafted in the first round. You can drive drunk, you can bring multiple guns into the locker room and pull them on a teammate. You can be involved in drug deals, or vehicular homicide. Look at the clean cut University of Florida Gators, 30 arrests since Urban Meyer has come in as coach. When you have that many players arrested, something is wrong but as long as Urban Meyer continues to deliver SEC titles and NCAA championships, will anyone in Florida care?
I am a big Bobby Knight fan. He said one of the most satisfying thing that he did as a coach was win against teams that he knew was cheating because he knew he was playing within the rules. I wish more university presidents, athletic directors, and coaches felt the same wayâ€¦ at every level.