Skip to content

Lions release Aaron Berry after second offseason arrest

Jim Schwartz,  Aaron Berry AP

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Detroit Lions released cornerback Aaron Berry this morning, finally making a statement about their offseason gone wrong.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press said after discussions today, the team made the decision to release the troubled cornerback.

Berry was arrested this weekend on three charges of simple assault, which marked the seventh arrest this offseason (including Berry’s second, after an earlier drunk driving charge) for the Lions.

They issued the perfunctory “extremely disappointed” statement yesterday, and backed it up with actions today.

Permalink 59 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Detroit Lions, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
59 Responses to “Lions release Aaron Berry after second offseason arrest”
  1. mmmegatron says: Jul 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    Good! Finally they have set a precedent. As much as they know they need him this could not go on for any longer. Time to move on and prepare for the season.

  2. demanrighthere says: Jul 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    Que all the lions haters… Me being a lions feel indifferent about this because I think he needs to learn a lesson but I am afraid someone else will pick him up and then what lesson was learned?

  3. rml1989 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:20 AM

    As a die hard Lions fan this was the right decision. Aaron Berry might catch on with another team but will at best a nickel or dime back. Maybe the NY Jets pick him up after all he is good buddies with Revis and they workout together in the off season. It’s obvious that the workouts with Revis didn’t translate to the field cause Berry was horrible last season.

  4. cnyphinfan says: Jul 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    hey the lions finally found someone they could afford to make a ‘statement’ with…………..until an NFL team cuts a good to great player because of off field issues – and the rest of the NFL blackballs said player until they get their act together………these types of things will never be more than an excuse to make a roster decision that would probably be made anyway later in the summer…………

  5. kiopta1 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    Good on you Lions. see you from my suite in Sept.

  6. gcbean says: Jul 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    Good move Lions! It’s about time you guys started taking out the trash!

  7. tshirttom says: Jul 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    Well Aaron you can’t say you didn’t deserve it. Now the Lions are in a deeper backfield hole and need to look at all possibilities to shore up the secondary. I appauld the Lions for taking this step despite the consequences.
    Hopefully the other players will take heed.

  8. sadskinsfan89 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    Such a shame that this kid just ruined his career with all this. Guys just dont get it. I would give alot of things just to play a snap on a nfl field

  9. erikkramer1gamewonder says: Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    Thank God.

    Right move, not only to send a message, but also from a football sense. The guy clearly has clearly demonstrated a lack of judgement, which is needed to play a few positions in football, including defensive back. Also, the lack of judgement thing brings to mind the regular season game against the Saints and the bevy of after-the-whistle penalties.

    I’ll be so happy when the offseason is over.

  10. andrewluckdontgiveawhat says: Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    I really hope the Lions have depth behind Berry. As a Colts fan, I hope you understand the agony you will endure if Jacob Lacey is allowed to start in any capacity.

  11. joshspangler says: Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    Hopefully he can turn his life around, but I’m glad to see a team make a point here. It’s bigger than football, and I think that’s easily forgotten in this league.

    Wish him luck on trying to shape up and be a better person, but I don’t want him on my roster either.

  12. onermedboxer says: Jul 23, 2012 11:28 AM

    Good for them, finally taking some accountability with these knuckleheads

  13. brokentreehousemusic says: Jul 23, 2012 11:28 AM

    Good move by them to send a message to their team and listen to their fans. He’s society’s problem now. I hope Berry gets the help he needs to redirect the course of his early life.

  14. flanker8823 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    Good!!

  15. playin2x says: Jul 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    I wonder how many arrests fairly, leshoure need before being cut .. Either way good move in finally taking a stand hopefully they try to influence change in the players’ lives

  16. wryly1 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    We don’t know what Aaron Berry’s undelying problems is, but the Lions probably do. Wouldn’t be surprising to learn there is an alcohol or substance abuser problem that isn’t even being addressed – let alone overcome in time to him to be ready to play this year.

  17. flyman2 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Good riddance.

  18. thekiller678 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Good move by the Lions. Take a stand to stop these ridiculous arrests and send a message to the players.

  19. wingnut739 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Kudos to Mayhew. DUI’s and drugs are one thing, brandishing a weapon at people when your life isn’t being threatened is another. I hope this kid learns a lesson

  20. ninefingers9 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:32 AM

    Who is the team that will pick him up? Gotta either be the Jets or Cowboys!

  21. metalhead65 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    that is a good first step.now goodell needs to ban him for at least a year so no other team can sign him right away. and if he does not you know somebody will in a week if not sooner.

  22. rowhe says: Jul 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    As a lions fan, it is honestly easier to deal with losing than dealing with all of the arrests.

  23. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:37 AM

    I hope pulling a gun on those people was worth the millions of dollars it cost you and your family. I’ll bet you feel really cool now… what a dolt.

  24. tigers182 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    He was the only anticipated starter who was in trouble this offseason and it was at the biggest position of need, so it’s not like he was a no one to teach others a lesson.

  25. erikkramer1gamewonder says: Jul 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    “I wonder how many arrests fairly, leshoure need before being cut”

    There’s a big difference between getting smoking pot and waving a gun at someone.

  26. mjkelly77 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    It had to be done. Plain and simple. In the aftermath of the Colorado Theater shooting, guns need to be viewed in a more serious way. To flash them around, pointing them at people is ridiculously immature and irresponsible.

  27. raiderinva says: Jul 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    So if this young man was to attend the substance abuse program, is he still eligible since he is not on a team?

    Who will be the owner/coach that signs him?Aaron Berry is not nearly the risk that Adam “Pacman” Jones was, and Jerry was all over that.

  28. keeley2 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    The next step: The NFL comes down hard on the young hoodlum and suspends him for a lengthy number of games – hopefully long enough to dissuade other teams from picking him up.

  29. bat42boy says: Jul 23, 2012 11:49 AM

    It’s about time that the teams should stop coddling these players and fire (not release) them. Hurrah for the Lions in doing the right thing. NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL teams should all follow suit.

  30. mjkelly77 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    sadskinsfan89 says:Jul 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    Such a shame that this kid just ruined his career with all this. Guys just dont get it. I would give alot of things just to play a snap on a nfl field
    ________________

    The greater shame will be when another team picks him up, totally ignoring what has just happened. And he will get picked up.

  31. scratchnpost1234 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    hey the lions finally found someone they could afford to make a ‘statement’ with…………..until an NFL team cuts a good to great player because of off field issues – and the rest of the NFL blackballs said player until they get their act together………these types of things will never be more than an excuse to make a roster decision that would probably be made anyway later in the summer……
    You mean like you guys trading Brandon Marshall?The Lions did what they needed to do, and I haven’t seen ANY other team do that this offseason?

  32. scratchnpost1234 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:01 PM

    Playin2x if the Lions were to cut a 2nd and 1st round pick for Dui’s I promise you another team would pick them up. No team is gonna cut a 1st and 2nd round draft pick having hardly seen them on the field over the offenses these two committed. Now if they didn’t “Get it” this offseason then the team has to do what it has to do.

  33. ocdn says: Jul 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Good Job Lions.

  34. lks311 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:08 PM

    Made a bigger name being an idiot than anything he EVER did on the Field.

  35. jetstizzi85 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    Time for the Commish to step in and teach this guy a lesson

  36. Mr. C says: Jul 23, 2012 12:13 PM

    I wonder if they will be giving Dallas a call about Mike Jenkins? The price just went up!

  37. geo91 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:17 PM

    He wasn’t even good anyway

  38. psj3809 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:26 PM

    Well top marks to the Lions. So often if a player gets into trouble and is a starter they never get cut and get a slap on the wrist from their own team. If a backup gets into trouble they seem to be gone instantly.

    Well done Lions, hope this guy doesnt get picked up, it’ll then serve as a lesson to the rest of the players, get into trouble and its the CFL for you !

  39. jimmysee says: Jul 23, 2012 12:31 PM

    demanrighthere says:
    Jul 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    Que all the lions haters… Me being a lions feel indifferent about this because I think he needs to learn a lesson but I am afraid someone else will pick him up and then what lesson was learned?

    ————————————————

    The “lesson learned” is if you want to be a Detroit Lion and play on a team that is working very hard to establish a winning tradition — you have to show self-discipline in all aspects of your life.

    The lesson learned is there is no tolerance for this kind of conduct on the Lions.

  40. mmazzzzzz says: Jul 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    The punk left them no choice.

  41. camjon32 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    Glad to see the Lions make this move.

    Now if only they could move Avril for a DB…Eagles seem to have an extra starting caliber DB…

  42. ttommytom says: Jul 23, 2012 1:02 PM

    Zero tolerance is on it’s way to the NFL for all crimes.

    I think driving drunk or drug impaired is as bad as waving a gun around.

    But the drunk people are generally relatively decent people. Gun wavers have issues. Therein lies the difference, even if both situations have horrible consequences and are completely irresponsible and deadly.

    Point being, it is A LOT easier releasing the man with the gun.

  43. ramal1dw says: Jul 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    Time to call up Dallas and offer a 3rd and 4th rounder next year for Mike Jenkins…

  44. voiceofrealism says: Jul 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    I agree that the lions did the right thing. But as far as a detterrent, this may do nothing. Bigger name players will still think that Berry was a nobody and it wouldn’t happen to them.

  45. whateverhommie says: Jul 23, 2012 1:13 PM

    thekiller678 says: Jul 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Good move by the Lions. Take a stand to stop these ridiculous arrests and send a message to the players.
    ==================================

    In all honesty, the Lions should have taken a stand before THIS transgression. It shouldn’t take 7 arrests (3 players with two arrests this offseason including Aaron Berry) for an organization to do SOMEthing.

    It’s almost a mixed message the team is sending. We will talk you to death if you’re an extremely valuable player or have only one or two arrests…but only up until after three players accumulate two arrests each.

    I wonder if Suh got two arrests, would he get cut?

  46. electionconfidential says: Jul 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    The Lions needed to do SOMETHING. I think this will get the attention of the other players. Berry might get up picked up by another team that isn’t frightened by a combination of drinking and gun-waving, but his capacity with that team will be reduced.

    Lower pay and only a one year contract. If I were a GM I think I’d try to avoid the guy…

  47. mylionsroaring says: Jul 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    It’s sad it came to this. The Lions Brass did everything they felt they needed to do in order to relay their message (it didn’t work) Hopefully this will!!!!!

  48. mad55555 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    jimmysee says:Jul 23, 2012 12:31 PM

    The “lesson learned” is if you want to be a Detroit Lion and play on a team that is working very hard to establish a winning tradition — you have to show self-discipline in all aspects of your life.

    The lesson learned is there is no tolerance for this kind of conduct on the Lions.
    _______________________________

    LOL, Not only do the Lions tolerate this behavior, THey will keep you on the team depending on how good you are. They are still as sad and pathetic as when they did not have a winning record. Thanks for the comedy relief.

  49. jgedgar70 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    rml1989 says:
    Jul 23, 2012 11:20 AM
    As a die hard Lions fan this was the right decision. Aaron Berry might catch on with another team but will at best a nickel or dime back.
    _____

    Do you remember the game last year where Carolina was blowing your doors off for the first third of the game? I’m sure you remember your boys scoring half a million points in the second half.

    Did you see our secondary? I will take a convict like Aaron Berry over Captain Munnerlyn every day of the week.

  50. phinfan says: Jul 23, 2012 2:59 PM

    There will be plenty of Rookies that can’t make squads somewhere or vets that lose to a rookie. This is the best time to do this… no loss

  51. tilaisback says: Jul 23, 2012 3:04 PM

    Had this guy been a normal Joe like you are me, we’d be in prison by now.

  52. boltfansmith says: Jul 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    Shouldn’t all NFL contracts have a “knuckle head clause?”.

  53. londonbengal says: Jul 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    Its plain wrong IMO that guys like Berry; (and countless others); can act like jerks, get cut; and then just move right along to their next multi million $ deal with another club; as if nothing happened.

    Bans for guys like Berry ought to be NFL wide. Time for Roger to bring the hammer down and kick them out of the league.

    Hard lessons need to be taught and learned. I for one am fed up about reading about guys like Berry.

  54. chi01town says: Jul 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    This HURTS Detroit as well as Berry cause they already got a weak secondary an now its weaker an the Lions is STILL looking at 5 other players that will be suspended this season … Playoffs.. Thats a joke

  55. mjkelly77 says: Jul 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    The Lions showed some real guts in releasing a guy who plays in one of their weakest positions personnel-wise. Flashing a gun and pointing it at people is immature and irresponsible, especially in the wake of the Colorado Theater shooting. It may be painful but it had to be done. Good on you, Lions.

  56. chargersdiehard says: Jul 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    Why Berry and not Suh also? I’d be impressed if they actually disciplined somebody who played well.

  57. broncostevenp says: Jul 23, 2012 4:12 PM

    Will end up in prison within a year or two.

  58. 22much4ken says: Jul 23, 2012 7:01 PM

    Jerry jones will sign him

  59. ninozlatino says: Jul 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    Good move. More teams should do it more often.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!