This just in from Not Following the Law (NFL): another player gets arrested for an act of aggression.
I will pause just long enough for you to feign shock and surprise.
The Miami Dolphins have released running back Mark Walton after he was arrested repeatedly punching his pregnant girlfriend. Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that releasing Walton was a difficult decision.
Hey Coach, what is the difficulty? Your team is 2-9. Walton was your leading rusher with 201 yards on 53 carries. He added 15 catches for 89 yards. He scored exactly ZERO touchdowns. You can’t even fall back on the convenience of “but he helps us win.” This should have been one of the simpler decisions you have made on behalf of this team all season.
He also had three arrests prior to this latest one.
He is now charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, which is a second-degree felony that could result in up to 15 years in prison in Florida.
Davie police released the 911 call Wednesday. On the recording, you can hear a woman crying and saying:
“My boyfriend beat me up. He just left but I think he’s coming back.”
The caller told the 911 operator she was beaten 10 to 15 minutes before she called adding, “his friend was here.”
Police say he pushed the woman against a wall and punched her several times in the face and head, causing swelling on her left eye.
Walton and the woman also have a 2-year old daughter together.
He was freed on $10,000 bond and instructed to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.
We all know how well it works when people who are accused of violent acts are released prior to trial and told to stay away from their victims.
Broward County Judge Jackie Powell also ordered Walton to get a substance abuse evaluation after he is released from jail.
“Anybody who gets arrested, it’s never a happy experience,” Walton’s attorney Michael Gottlieb said after the hearing. “He’s looking forward to getting out and moving forward with his life.
He feels badly that he’s been arrested. He feels badly that he is having a situation with the mother of his child. Again, Mr. Walton denies striking her so there’s nothing technically for him to be remorseful for.”
Ah, those pesky technicalities.
Here is a technicality you need to be aware of. There have been 24 arrests of NFL players this year. Technically, Walton has 4 of them.
So, Mr. Gottlieb, you want to talk technicalities? For every 6 arrests of NFL player, one of them is technically your client.
“I think anybody who gets released at a time like this is going to be disappointed,” Gottlieb added. “Obviously the Dolphins have a code of conduct and they believe that this violated it and we respect that.”
The Dolphin’s chimed in on the discussion.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. We felt like we had to make the move to release. That’s what it is,” he said.
“But it’s an unfortunate situation and you never want to see anything like that happen. Tough. I think as an organization, [general manager] Chris [Grier], [vice president of football administration] Brandon [Shore], character is something we spend a lot of time on,” said Flores.
“In this case, it didn’t work out with Mark. But it’s case by case. I think that’s the thought process for us as a staff and organization.”
“We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton. We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said in a statement Tuesday.
Walton’s other arrests in 2019 were for the following:
Walton was facing a felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon he owned, and misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession, reckless driving, and resisting a police officer without violence following a March 12 incident in Miami. He was able to get those charges reduced in court.
Walton was also charged with misdemeanor battery for a fight that involved him taking a phone from a neighbor at his Brickell condo in February and faced a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge for a January arrest. Both of those charges were dismissed.
“I want to apologize to the Miami Dolphins, the fans, my friends and family and I take full responsibility for my action,” Walton said in a statement after his suspension. “I want to thank the Dolphins for giving me this opportunity and will make the most of this chance as a person and player when I return.”
He has not yet commented on this most recent incident.
Walton was suspended on November 4th and allowed to attend meetings at the Miami Dolphins practice facility during his suspension. He would have been eligible to return in Week 14 when the Dolphins visit the New York Jets on December 8th.
Before any of you think that I merely bashing on the NFL, there are some really good dudes out there too.
Earlier today, Pat Droney wrote the following to compare and contrast good and bad.
In a vice-presidential debate in 1988, Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Senator Dan Quayle had a “moment.” Quayle compared himself to former president John F. Kennedy. In response, Bentsen famously said, “I knew Jack Kennedy…Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine…Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Fast forward today. Bentsen, were he alive, might address a former NFL quarterback the same way.
“Mr. Kaepernick, I know JJ Watt…JJ Watt is a friend of mine…you Mr. Kaepernick are no JJ Watt.”
Kaepernick, whose claim to fame is leading the San Francisco 49ers to defeat in Super Bowl XXIX versus the Baltimore Ravens, and being the face of the NFL “kneel down” movement during the national anthem, hasn’t played an NFL game in nearly three years. However somehow he believes the NFL owes him a position as quarterback.
Meantime, JJ Watt of the Houston Texans, who is on injured reserve for the rest of the year, quietly establishes himself as a patriot. Let’s compare.
JJ Watt is an outstanding NFL player, having been chosen to the Pro-Bowl numerous times. He is also widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts. Last week, Watt announced a collaboration with Reebok, introducing a black and camo JJ III Valor training shoe.
The shoe pays tribute to Watts’ grandfather James, who served honorably in the Korean War.
Watts announced that part of the proceeds of the shoe, $5/pair, would be donated to the Honor Flight Network.
The Honor Flight Network, according to their website is:
“A non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.”
HFN transport war veterans to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials, with priority given to more “senior” veterans such as WWII vets and veterans who are terminally ill.
Watts announced the new shoe in a Twitter post. Watts stated:
“I’m so proud and excited to partner with the Honor Flight. I truly appreciate, from the bottom of my heart, everything that you’ve done and it’s an honor for me to be able to gift these shoes as a tiny symbol of thanks for the sacrifices you’ve made for our country.”
JJ III Valor Edition
Inspired by Grandpa Watt
All of my proceeds go to the Honor Flight which takes war veterans on a trip to D.C. to visit the monuments and brings them back home to a proper Welcome Home.
Available tonight at midnight.https://t.co/FfXs88iNQQ
Thank you ???? pic.twitter.com/YAAjinRTod
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 11, 2019
Earlier this year, Watts and Reebok collaborated on the “Valor II”, which offered a 30% discount for military members and their families.
Watts also donated 100% of his personal proceeds from the shoe sales to the Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Foundation. This foundation supports Special Forces and their families, as well as family members of fallen first responders.
In 2016, Watts and Reebok worked together on the JJI “Military Edition”, made to honor veterans and which was inspired by Watts’ appreciation for servicemen and women. Watts said, in part:
“I chase a ball around for a living. These men and women lay their lives on the line to secure and protect our freedom. They are real American heroes.”
Let us now compare JJ Watt to the diva Colin Kaepernick.
During the 2016 pre-season, Kaepernick decided to start calling attention to himself by refusing to stand for the national anthem. Perhaps the fact that he had lost his starting job in 2015 made him to decide to make himself relevant by first sitting, then kneeling for the national anthem.
When asked why he was protesting the national anthem, Kaepernick answered:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. TO me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave, and getting away with murder.”
The last statement was a not so subtle shot at law enforcement.
Kaepernick jumped in both feet first on the “hands up, don’t shoot” fantasy that was being perpetrated after the Michael Brown police-related shooting in Ferguson, MO.
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Kaepnerick’s statement drew the wrath of police officers and law enforcement supporters, and it became especially bad after pictures were released showing Kaepernick wearing socks with pictures of pigs dressed as police officers. Of course, he justified this class act.
“I wore these socks, in the past, because rogue cops are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust.”
Apparently, Kaepernick fancies himself as some type of “social justice warrior.”
Just last week, Kaepernick, ever the diva, was given an opportunity by the NFL to resurrect his failed career.
In fact, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was acting as a defacto advocate for Kaepernick, encouraging NFL teams to consider him.
This was part of the NFL sellout to “stars” like Jay Z last year with their new social justice initiatives, while ignoring the domestic violence problem in the NFL.
Given the amount of starting and backup NFL quarterbacks who have gone down to injury this season, and with nobody giving Kaepernick the time of day, it is obvious that NFL owners are not interested in having a self-important diva on their teams.
According to the Washington Post, the NFL, in trying to help Kaepernick out, last week invited all 32 NFL teams to Atlanta to view a workout by Kaepernick, which was unprecedented in the NFL. 25 out of 32 teams sent representatives to Atlanta to view the workout.
Just under a half-hour before the workout was supposed to start, Kaepernick canceled the workout and decided to move the event to a location 60 miles away.
As expected, a majority of the NFL teams decided not to drive 60 miles to see a quarterback who hasn’t played in three years. An estimated seven or eight teams followed him there.
In fact, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told a Dallas radio station that the Cowboys wouldn’t be participating, stating the workout “wasn’t about football.” And Jones appears to have been correct.
Kaepernick showed up to the workout wearing a “Kunta Kinte” t-shirt. This was an obvious reference to a character from the 1970’s era book and mini-series by Alex Hailey named “Roots.”
Kinte was a slave in the South prior to and during the Civil War. Obviously, Kaepernick was trying to send a message by wearing this shirt, making himself akin to a “slave” to NFL owners.
Initially, the workout facilitated by the NFL was supposed to be held in private, with no outside media being allowed into the event. It was going to be taped by NFL Films, which would provide copies to any team that requested it.
However, Kaepernick and his handlers wanted a “transparent” process and wanted their own video of the event. An agreement was worked out and Kaepernick was allowed to have a videographer film the workout.
Kaepernick worked out in black shorts and a Nike black tank top. The possibility that this was a publicity stunt for his affiliation with Nike cannot be overlooked.
Last year, Nike produced an advertising program with Kaepernick that was widely panned by critics. The ad, with a picture of Kaepernick had text that read:
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Apparently, Nike doesn’t sacrifice too much for its workers in Asia. According to Newsweek, workers for Nike and other companies work ten hours per day, six days a week and that temperatures inside the factories go as high as the high 90 degree range.
Neither Nike or the other companies pay what would be considered a living wage, estimated at just under $400 a month.
The contrast between Watt and Kaepernick cannot be understated.
One is an unabashed supporter of the military and first responders, and puts his money where his mouth is.
The other is an unabashed supporter of people like Michael Brown, a criminal. JJ Watt is an American hero. Colin Kaepernick is just a self-important prima donna.
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