Re: Dolphins' DT Evans arrested
Some excellent PFT analysis (as that is undoubtedly where the OP picked up on this story)
In this case, Evans allegedly resisted arrest with violence, and bit a cop on the hand. Though some might wail that he's entitled to the presumption of innocence, the fact that one or more of the polices who dealt with Evans signed their names to a report documenting his misdeeds provides more than enough evidence, in our view, to justify a finding by the team that Evans has engaged in personal conduct that adversely affects or reflects on the organization.
Then again, so does the fact that linebacker Joey Porter punched Levi Jones in the face at a Vegas casino. But that incident caused no consternation for Cam Cameron.
The difference? Porter was added to the team on Cameron's watch; Evans is a holdover from the Nicktator regime. So perhaps the statement from Cameron should be revised to read, "We will not condone this type of behavior, unless committed by a guy to whom we just chose to pay a crap load of money."
Indeed, here's what the Fins said when Porter was cited for battery, "We will monitor the situation and refrain from making any further comment until we gather more information."
So either the Dolphins have dramatically changed their attitude about things of this nature since March, or they simply opted not to take a hard line with Porter because to do so would have been to acknowledge that they might have erred by signing him to a contract with $20 million in guaranteed payments.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.