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Jeff Reed busted, again

It’s been a bad year for Steelers kicker Jeff Reed.

Sure, he won another Super Bowl ring.  But Reed has had two brushes with the law since early February.

First, he was charged with beating up a paper-towel dispenser at a convenience store.  Now, he has been cited for public intoxication.

The folks at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are quick to point out that it’s only a “citation,” which suggests that it’s like a parking ticket.

Still, it’s an incident that could get him in trouble with the league — and that might get him eventually in trouble with the Steelers.  Typically, the organization makes examples out of the slappies who get in trouble with the law, and it makes excuses for the good players who find themselves in legal hot water.

Reed falls into a vague in-between category.  He’s an established player at a fungible position.  They might keep him for now, but if he blows another big kick, it might be time for a Gong Show tryout aimed at finding a possible replacement.

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28 Responses to “Jeff Reed busted, again”
  1. Charlotte_Steel_Curtain says: Oct 19, 2009 8:31 AM

    In the eyes of Reed, beating Cleveland for the 12th time in a row is cause for celebration.

  2. Cleveland Sucks aka Philly Sewer Rat says: Oct 19, 2009 8:37 AM

    Let the man enjoy his booze Florio. Last time I checked he hasn’t killed anyone like Leornard Little or Donte Stallworth. Plus he doesn’t run his mouth like Vanderjagt.

  3. PerryMason says: Oct 19, 2009 8:46 AM

    Congratulations Mr. Florio. you just became the first sports writer in history to use the word “fungible”
    Keep up the good work.

  4. SteelCurtnDee says: Oct 19, 2009 8:50 AM

    Meh, big deal. Reed definitely likes the party lifestyle, and personally who cares.
    If I was an NFL kicker I’d probably be the same way. He makes a great salary, plays on a championship team, and doesn’t really need to practice as much as the rest of the team… I know he had an off game against chicago but the guy’s been absolute money for years now. As long as he keeps making those kicks (BTW kicked 2 right down the pipes yesterday) I don’t care.

  5. superfan99 says: Oct 19, 2009 8:51 AM

    Jeff Reed shouldn’t be suspended, he should check into rehab.

  6. postthemost says: Oct 19, 2009 9:12 AM

    I saw it happen, he was actually peeing on a car in front of the bar. His 3 friends bailed on him when the cops put him in cuffs on the ground and he started mouthing off. I like how he can pee on a car in front of Pittsburgh cops and he gets a BS charge. Even the police are wimps when it comes to cleaning up the trash of the city.

  7. copes cabana says: Oct 19, 2009 9:14 AM

    He must have really been making a scene for the Pittsburgh police to site him. They are generally pretty lax about the drunkeness on Sunday as long as you are not a. driving b. fighting c. causing a huge scene. Pittsburgh Police are really good officers and pretty respected in that town from what I have scene.

  8. Wick says: Oct 19, 2009 9:17 AM

    Regarding: “Typically, the organization makes examples out of the slappies who get in trouble with the law, and it makes excuses for the good players who find themselves in legal hot water.”
    I fail to see the Steelers materially any different than any other professional sports organization.
    Secondly, that’s simply how the world works. The greater the value/benefit someone can provide – the greater the cost accepted to retain that value/benefit. This can also come in the form salary, bonuses, greater latitude on dress codes, … any number of things.
    Let’s not be singling out one organization as if you’ve struck onto a particular insight — when it’s simple common sense; it’s the way of the world.
    Jimmy Johnson, when leading the Dallas Cowboys of the early nineties to a pair of Super Bowl Titles, was criticized by a member of the media for not treating all of his players equally. Johnson, famously and quite wisely replied (paraphrasing here): “Of course it’s a sliding scale you idiot. WTF is wrong with you?”

  9. Biff Henderson says: Oct 19, 2009 9:29 AM

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2458/3604928082_1495111da9_b.jpg

  10. eam147 says: Oct 19, 2009 9:33 AM

    There are places in Pittsburgh that will help him with his problems…What if he is driving while intoxicated?

  11. SamWycheForPrez says: Oct 19, 2009 9:37 AM

    Maybe Odell Thurman can get Jeff Reed a job when he gets cut.

  12. The Rural Juror says: Oct 19, 2009 9:38 AM

    People only get arrested for public drunkeness because they are drunk and acting like an idiot.
    Guitly or not guilty? The big question is- was he wearing a wife-beater or not?

  13. SteelTown_6 says: Oct 19, 2009 9:39 AM

    “# postthemost says: October 19, 2009 9:12 AM
    I like how he can pee on a car in front of Pittsburgh cops and he gets a BS charge.”
    Tell the whole story dude.
    The car belonged to a Browns fan.
    The cops took turns pissing on it too.

  14. notlisteninganymore says: Oct 19, 2009 9:50 AM

    @ Biff Henderson
    Did you design that version of the terrbile towel? If so, learn how to spell you moron.

  15. Krow says: Oct 19, 2009 9:53 AM

    Not the kind of player that the Steeler organization tends to tolerate… I’m guessing that the clock is ticking.

  16. birdmancometh says: Oct 19, 2009 10:34 AM

    “Origional?” The school systems are failing. I mean really? Origional?
    I know some of those words are wrong by design, but that one clearly isn’t. Stop scraping racoons off the street and get back in school.

  17. swepsgirl18 says: Oct 19, 2009 10:35 AM

    I am APPAUD that you idiots are concerned overJeff Reed peeing on a car and look what Dante Wesley did and there is NOTHING. You should focus your energy into that issue. He was a blanant JERK. He intenionally “sucker puched’ the receiver BEFORE the shadow of the ball appeared in his hands. And you guys think it’s a shame for Jeff to piss in public. Shame on you for caring about the stupid things in the NFL instead of the asinine things players do ON THE FIELD! it’s a shame you guys are that caught up in other men’s piss than how players treat other players on the field. Luckly the guy only came away with a concusion. Guess this isn’t as severe a piss on a Pa road. Once again you men seem to think about what comes out of another man’s penis that what happens on the playing field.

  18. cfuska says: Oct 19, 2009 10:50 AM

    Another intelligent comment by TheRealJuror.

  19. southFLAsteel says: Oct 19, 2009 11:08 AM

    he’s in the last year of his contract anyway. he was a fool for not signing that extention the steelers offered him before the season started. good-bye skippy, hello piotr czech.
    .

  20. Fan_Of_ Four says: Oct 19, 2009 11:11 AM

    SteelCurtnDee said: As long as he keeps making those kicks (BTW kicked 2 right down the pipes yesterday) I don’t care.
    This is why these guys get in trouble thinking they are above the law. As long as I score I can get away with anything, even if I mass murder innocent dogs.

  21. cfuska says: Oct 19, 2009 11:38 AM

    Fan_Of_ Four says:
    As long as I score I can get away with anything, even if I mass murder innocent dogs.
    ——————————————————–
    I’m sorry, I didn’t know Vick got away with that. Hmm, he must have been in jail for two years for something else.

  22. copes cabana says: Oct 19, 2009 11:58 AM

    Fan of Four,
    Peeing on a car is not something you do because you think you are above the law. It’s something you do when you are a drunk moron. It is also only a citation for anyone that does it. Yes, sadly I know many people who have recieved the public urination charge (and should have received it a few times a game myself when the portajohn had a long line). God designed men to be able to pee outside. It would be blasphemous to not do it. On someones car, that’s another story. But, stupid is as stupid does. He shouldn’t have done it, but it is not as big of a deal as disrepecting the police officers, and he may get in more trouble with the team for that than the pee.

  23. finsbooyah says: Oct 19, 2009 12:15 PM

    “There are places in Pittsburgh that will help him with his problems…What if he is driving while intoxicated?”
    Uhhh well, he wasn’t, sooo it’s a moot point.

  24. The Rural Juror says: Oct 19, 2009 1:09 PM

    THis just goes to show you that you can have two super bowl rings and still be a loser…

  25. moral-authority says: Oct 19, 2009 4:19 PM

    Die hard Steeler fan here. Reed needs to get his act together. Period. This tyoe of behavior has NEVER been tolerated in Pittsburg & certainly won’t be by the kicker!!!! Obviously he has a drinking problem & perhaps a borderline anger problem as well. The Brass won’t be embarrassed.

  26. Steelers4Life says: Oct 19, 2009 4:53 PM

    postthemost says: October 19, 2009 9:12 AM
    I saw it happen, he was actually peeing on a car in front of the bar. His 3 friends bailed on him when the cops put him in cuffs on the ground and he started mouthing off. I like how he can pee on a car in front of Pittsburgh cops and he gets a BS charge. Even the police are wimps when it comes to cleaning up the trash of the city.
    ___________________________________________
    If you had seen it happen, then you would know it wasn’t Reed who was urinating on the SUV, it was Spaeth. Reed stepped out of the vehicle and started arguing with the cops and getting confrontational instead of just sitting in the car and allowing the cops to give Spaeth a citation for public urination.
    Per TribLIVE Sports:
    “Pittsburgh police arrested Steelers kicker Jeff Reed last night after he tried to come to the aid of a teammate being cited for urinating in public, Sgt. Tina Davidson said.
    Police responded to an unrelated incident at McFadden’s, a North Shore bar and restaurant across a parking lot from Heinz Field, around 9 p.m., Davidson said. While there, officers spotted a man urinating outside a white sport utility vehicle and began to give the man — identified as Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth — a ticket when Reed exited the vehicle, Davidson said.
    “The officers told him several times to get back in the vehicle, but he did not listen,” Davidson said. “Mr. Reed then squared up with an officer by bringing his fists up.”
    Officers tackled Reed and cuffed him at the scene, Davidson said.
    “He smelled of a strong odor of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated,” Davidson said.
    Reed, 30, was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest, both misdemeanor counts, as well as disorderly conduct and public intoxication. No court dates have been set.
    Reed was released to a family member at the scene.
    “He was technically arrested; he just didn’t go to the Allegheny County Jail,” Davidson said.
    Spaeth, 25, was cited for urinating in public and released, Davidson said.”
    Not that I condone either parties behavior, just wanted to set the story straight. The league has said they are going to investigate the charges and I also expect Tomlin to hold Reed out for a game or two like he did with Holmes last year.

  27. spyboots says: Oct 19, 2009 9:09 PM

    Actually, Reed’s parents were with him, and his father was driving the SUV. Spaeth wasn’t urnating ON the SUV, just outside of the SUV.

  28. Disinterested says: Oct 21, 2009 3:31 PM

    The position is not fungible (unless you can say a punter can double up as a kicker which is pretty infrequent) but the player is for the most part- It’s difficult to distinguish one kicker from another!

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