Earlier today, a report emerged regarding the weekend arrest of 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald for suspicion of DUI.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that McDonald attracted the attention of police by driving 94 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.
McDonald practiced on Monday, and he apologized to his teammates. “My intent is just to come out here and work hard and try to win ball
games this year,” McDonald said, per Barrows. “And I don’t want this to be a distraction
for the fans, my family, my teammates. That’s pretty much it.”
Well, Ray, we don’t want oil to be flowing uncontrollably into the Gulf of Mexico, either. The difference is that we didn’t create the problem. In your situation, the potential distraction flows from your own conduct, and claiming that you don’t want it to be a distraction doesn’t exactly fall into the category of “manning up.”
Are we being a little harsh? Yes. But every time someone gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking, the driver risks a Donte’ Stallworth-style outcome. Since NFL players fall within the scope of our media jurisdiction, we’ll keep calling them out for putting innocent lives at risk, until they stop doing it.