According to a report, last week at a restaurant in suburban Pittsburgh, Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson punched his girlfriend during a dispute. Wilson was quickly arrested and was later released on $10,000 bail. Since the incident, Wilson’s girlfriend, Lindsey Paulat, has said that he did not punch her at anytime, but simply pushed the side of her head, which was misconstrued by those around the couple. That is the story that is circulating around these two over the past week. Whether he punched her or pushed her head in anger is not for me to say, I wasn’t there. What I can say is that there is never an excuse for a man to his hands on a woman in anger. It was the actions of Wilson that is despicable, no matter how he may have done it.
This is just another embarrassing moment in the current NFL. No matter if you think Roger Goodell has done a good job “cleaning-up” the league, the problems continue and they are bad for everyone involved; the teams, the league, the players, and the fans. It’s getting harder and harder to root for some of these teams and players when they act like over-exposed, pampered, above-the-law jerks, who don’t have to answer to anyone because they have athletic talent. I love sports…I’ll repeat myself…I LOVE SPORTS! I love watching them, playing them on Play station, talking about them, thinking about them, and daydreaming that I had worked harder on my wrist shot as a kid…which on another topic, would have put me on a better career path. I am just getting tired of hearing these stories about athletes behaving like asses!
Now, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan and due to that I HATE the Steelers, and my first thought when I heard this story was “go figure, what do you expect from a filthy Steeler?”. However, as news broke of Wilson’s release from the team I actually had a split second of respect for the Black and Gold. But as I dug a little more, it seems very hypocritical that the Steelers took such a “stand” against Wilson, a back-up, but star linebacker, James Harrison was arrested for the same thing, and he is still on the team.
You can’t say that you are taking a stand against bad behavior for some, but for others you turn a blind eye. Yes, Harrison will be punished by the league in some capacity, but you is he still planning on heading to off-season training in a few weeks, and Wilson is looking for a job? Both actions are completely inexcusable, but this hierarchy of stars who can get away with anything, and second tier guys who are used as the sacrificial lambs just to make it seem like those in charge are trying to make a difference.
Harrison’s actions were defended by Rooney, who even said “What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it”…WHAT? He slapped his girlfriend after breaking down her door. How is that worth it? Wilson punched/pushed his girl at a restaurant, and was released. And I know that I am picking on one of the more classless organizations in sports, but this double-standard is completely ridiculous.
There are a million and one people in this country who would do anything to get to the level that these guys have. I was a young man who wasn’t fast enough to me an elite football player, but if given another chance I would bust my butt just as hard to get to another level. These men have ability that is such a rare gift, and they translate it into having all the money in the world, but zero class. And the only way that anything will change is if the guys who are going to the Pro-Bowl and the guys who have their uniforms hanging in every sporting good store in the U.S. are finally held accountable.
The fans will keep watching the game, even if they never see James Harrison, Cedric Wilson, Pacman Jones, Bryant McKinney, and the entire Cincinatti Bengals defense ever again. These men are spectacular talents, but I’d rather watch someone with half the talent, but twice the heart.