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Nate Burleson will lay down some law to arrested Lions

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The three members of last year’s Lions draft class that have been arrested on marijuana charges since the end of the regular season should clear some space on their calendar.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson wants to have a discussion with the trio — defensive tackle Nick Fairley, running back Mikel Leshoure and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath — about running afoul of the law this year. Burleson thinks the Lions have come too far to let off-field things retard their progress and plans to share those thoughts with the players in private conversations.

“I’m a little bit different, I don’t want to put people on blast in front of the team,” Burleson said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press. “Sometimes you’re going to need to do that. Or a certain guy, certain situations, they need to feel that embarrassment of everybody looking down on them. But some of these guys that we saw on the board, these are good young men and I know that they’re passionate about being professional athletes, it’s just that they make mistakes.”

There were red flags about the possibility of those mistakes before the Lions added the players to the organization, but they chose to ignore them. They’ve gotten burnt by that this offseason, but if Burleson and other veterans can get everyone in line the fallout should have minimal impact on the year to come.

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33 Responses to “Nate Burleson will lay down some law to arrested Lions”
  1. purpleguy says: Apr 13, 2012 10:25 AM

    Nate Burleson laying down the law? Shouldn’t that come from a player that’s actually, umm, good and respected?

  2. ajoyce1977 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:27 AM

    So Nate Burleson will have a private conversation with the three young men about their arrests. But first, I need to tell the media that I will be having this private conversation. Not so private anymore is it.

  3. Christopher L. Johnson says: Apr 13, 2012 10:35 AM

    At least he’s doing something. Guys showing some leadership

  4. gmen1987 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:50 AM

    The players who could do something like this would be Calvin Johnson or Matt Stafford. Impact players words are more respected among fellow players than the 2nd or 3rd WR.

  5. anthonioustheprettygood says: Apr 13, 2012 10:53 AM

    hey purpleguy, shouldn’t you be in school right now? or does the 4th grade have today off?

  6. gunpowderjones says: Apr 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    “So Nate Burleson will have a private conversation with the three young men about their arrests. But first, I need to tell the media that I will be having this private conversation. Not so private anymore is it.”

    Pretty much. Thought the same thing.

  7. shaunypoo says: Apr 13, 2012 10:56 AM

    He’d have more credibility if he didn’t name himself “Recepticon”.

  8. blacknole08 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:56 AM

    *Golf Clap*

    Someone’s gotta do it.

  9. cometkazie says: Apr 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    Is getting caught with weed by a local LEO the same in the NFL’s eyes as failing a drug test?

  10. puckdafackers says: Apr 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    its going to be funny when teams start giving contract bonuses for not getting arrested!!!

  11. f0rem4n says: Apr 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    The Lion’s fever is at an all time high. Burleson should get together with other so called team leaders to make this a join effort. The chronic lack of personal responsibility on this team could lead to a premature burn out.

    This season will be a telling one for this generation of Lions. The teams buds with potential, and greener pasture may await!

    Go Lions!

  12. skittlesareyum says: Apr 13, 2012 11:16 AM

    ajoyce1977 says:
    Apr 13, 2012 10:27 AM
    So Nate Burleson will have a private conversation with the three young men about their arrests. But first, I need to tell the media that I will be having this private conversation. Not so private anymore is it.

    Unless he releases the transcripts or something yes, it’s still private.

  13. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:16 AM

    It was to my understanding that the purpose of a private conversation was so nobody else knows about it. so if you release information especially to the media that you will be having a private talk with three people, who you mentioned by name, about a subject matter you already announced, how is it still private? Idiot

  14. freemanmvp says: Apr 13, 2012 11:24 AM

    Way to draft talent over character …….. you got what you asked for Detriot.

  15. purplekoolaid1 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:28 AM

    Nate, you don’t want to put the guys on blast in front of the whole team but you put them on blast in front of the whole country? Great logic.

  16. detroitcityryda says: Apr 13, 2012 11:38 AM

    Do people comment only to be funny or does anyone have anything that matters to say . Its like a competition for who will have a better punch line . You guys should do comedy

  17. pa1856 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:56 AM

    purpleguy is a disgrace to Vikings, and Vikings fans… Burleson was a good wide receiver for the Vikings and put up over a thousand yards. I think your posting for the day is done.

  18. anthonioustheprettygood says: Apr 13, 2012 11:58 AM

    hey geniuses…. he said he’s going to have a private conversation. He is not having the conversation in public. how do you not get that?

  19. cronybomb says: Apr 13, 2012 12:38 PM

    Baltimore drafts talent over character every year and they seem to be doing just fine.

  20. lks311 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    Please everyone, quit saying three players. It was two and the flyer you took on a guy from South Carolina State in the 7th Round…I didn’t even know there was a SC State.

    7th Round guys rarely make rosters, so, don’t count.

  21. Revolution22 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    OK, but someone in the media sure as hell made it public…

  22. blacc24 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:00 PM

    Bout time a vet stepped up

  23. granadafan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    “these are good young men and I know that they’re passionate about being professional athletes, it’s just that they make mistakes.”
    ===========================================

    No, it’s more of a case that these “young men” just don’t get it. They were caught in the past, warned, and yet STILL continued to smoke weed. I’m not going to get into the debate about whether weed should be legal or not because it’s still against the law and the rules of the league. If you’re going to flaunt the rules, then you deserve any punishment.

    Good for Burleson to call these guys out. They need someone on the team and not coaches to make a big deal, because breaking rules and getting suspended actually hurts the team.

  24. mediasloppy says: Apr 13, 2012 1:41 PM

    Good. Maybe more vets will step up and lay down the law. Detroit is finally getting back into contention.

  25. JohnnyTwoTimes says says: Apr 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree that he’s doing a good thing and like that he’s doing it privately……but he’s technically already blasting them by telling us he’s doing it private. If he did it in private from start until finish, we wouldn’t know about it.

  26. cronybomb says: Apr 13, 2012 2:06 PM

    He means a private conversation which doesn’t take place in front of the whole team, and the article clearly says that. Morons.

  27. nflfollower says: Apr 13, 2012 2:10 PM

    Freemanmvp—–and what did you guys ask for? A “youngry”, badly overrated team that would tank games and be an embarrassment? If so, you got what u asked for as well. Football games aren’t won with 53 choir boys, so get over it. And stop picking up guys like Blount and Takin if you want to speak from some kind of moral high ground. I will stop now, this is just too easy.

  28. rr3669 says: Apr 13, 2012 2:24 PM

    I cannot believe these guys were too stupid to get medical cards. They play in a state where you can legally have it, might be against NFL policy but hey… Smarten up Lions!

  29. souldogdave says: Apr 13, 2012 4:39 PM

    So, he doesn’t want to criticize them in front of the team, but he does it in the press?

  30. pb420 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    Kudos to Burleson, and I hope more veterans take his lead on their own respective teams. To all the haters, he has definitely proven his worth as a compliment to Johnson, and has been relevant in the league. Not a Lions fan here, but I have respect for the potential of a very talented young squad. I feel that lately, the media has written them off as wasted troublemakers, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, they could definitely be more responsible with activities off the field. I would take the guys that smoke a little weed over murderers and rapists, and we should learn to differentiate between a misdemeanor and a felony.

  31. cidman2001 says: Apr 14, 2012 11:12 PM

    “purpleguy is a disgrace to Vikings, and Vikings fans… Burleson was a good wide receiver for the Vikings and put up over a thousand yards.”

    A disgrace is a little harsh, but you’re right. Burleson isn’t a top tier receiver, but he is a solid veteran who would make a great 2nd or 3rd WR on any team in the league. He’s earned the right to command respect from other players. Will he ever make the HoF? Probably not. I’ve been a Vikings fan for 40 years now. I thought it was a bad move to let him go, but Seattle was willing to pay him more than he was worth. Oddly enough, it was just like the more recent Sidney Rice to Seattle deal. Both guys were solid players that priced themselves out of a job only to flounder elsewhere. It;s good to see Burlesen settle in and embrace a role as a leader and a 2nd WR.

    I should hate all the teams in the black and blue division by nature, but I love the underdog (obviously) and hate to see loyal fans suffer. I wish Burleson, the Lions and their fans the best of luck. They’ve all earned it the hard way. It’s good to see them standing proud after so much misery.
    I remember the joy I felt as a fan of the game when the Bucs and Saints won their Super Bowls. Maybe it will be the Lions turn soon……….after the Vikings win one first of course. ;)

  32. magnusantonius says: Apr 15, 2012 10:26 AM

    Hey ajoyce1977. Just because you know they’re having a meeting doesn’t mean it’s public. “PRIVATE” means it will be between the four of them and we won’t know what was said. Meetings that you don’t know about are called “SECRET”, that’s when you don’t know it happened or what was said. YOU-ARE-AN-IDIOT ajoyce1977!!

  33. butkus54 says: Apr 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    Well said and appreciated cidman2001 …

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