Former NFL defensive end Charles Haley owns five Super Bowl rings. But he still can’t get into Canton.
One of his former teammates, Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, has chimed in regarding the omission of Haley from the 2010 class. Specifically, Lott addressed rumors that Haley’s treatment of the media and teammates has contributed to his exclusion from Canton.
“If that has anything to do with the bearing of the stature that has to do with his being associated with making this, what a travesty,” Lott said, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “How dare we judge someone because of who they are and not judge them for what they did and what they accomplished. We are not in the game of judging people for their character. We are in the game of judging people for their accomplishments and his accomplishments are second to none.”
He’s right — the only thing that’s supposed to matter are the things the player does on the field. But we all realize that other factors influence the human beings who make these decisions.
And given some of the accounts of Haley’s behavior, it’s not hard to understand why Haley has to date been blackballed.