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Bruce Arians: Daryl Washington is walking a “very thin line”

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Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is due in court in early July for the next proceedings related to assault charges brought against him following a May arrest for allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the throat and throwing her to the floor.

Should that case reach a conclusion before the start of the 2013 season, Washington could face discipline from the league under the Personal Conduct Policy and that might extend his early season absence beyond the four-game suspension Washington will serve for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s the kind of baggage that makes it hard to feel too secure about what Washington will bring to the team in 2013, something coach Bruce Arians acknowledged during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian.

“Well, it’s all up to him. He’s had double incidents and, as an organization, that throws a red flag up,” Arians said. “But I think Daryl is a very bright young man who understands the mistakes he’s made and he’s walking a very thin line in the league right now. Super talented, but you have to adhere to the rules.”

The makeup of the Cardinals linebacking corps speaks to their uneasiness about Washington’s status. The Cardinals drafted Kevin Minter in the second round in April after learning of Washington’s suspension and then signed Karlos Dansby in May after Washington’s arrest, giving them two more options at inside linebacker. Those moves came after the additions of free agents Lorenzo Alexander and Jasper Brinkley before any of the bad news about Washington came to light and give the Cardinals enough depth to survive an absence of any length.

That’s not the ideal situation because, as Arians said, Washington’s got an extra level of talent working in his favor. You have to plan for a rainy day, though, and it’s definitely cloudy over Washington.

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2 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Daryl Washington is walking a “very thin line””
  1. jm91rs says: Jun 19, 2013 8:49 AM

    Wouldn’t you just love to see a coach permanently bench a player and tell him “You beat up a woman. You are scum. Even if I can’t cut you, you will not play for my team”. I have to think a lot of players would respect a coach that took a hard stance for common morals.

  2. lukehb says: Jun 19, 2013 9:28 AM

    @jm91rs I agree, but at the same time, isn’t everyone innocent until proven guilty?

    I don’t know the specifics, but neither do you… Neither does any one of us who are speculating about this at this point. For all we know, the charges have no basis at all, they are completely fabricated by the woman. Initial reports spoke of clear signs of being choked, yet later official reports only speak of “road-rash type of scrapes, bruising and cuts to her right arm, right hip and right leg.” These could be caused by any trip or fall, or if Washington was involved, do not clearly indicate deliberate assault.

    I’m not saying he didn’t do it, or defending him if he did—I abhor all violence against women—but until we know the details, it is too early for either the team, or any of us, to make a final judgement.

    For BA to bench D-Wash at this point, while his is still protesting his innocence in this, and before the courts have made their decision wouldn’t be fair at all to either man.

    I firmly believe that if found guilty, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, and that the team should also sever ties with him unless he agrees to a strict regiment of reform, rehabilitation and support.

    But we must not forget that right now, we are talking about a man who is legally innocent of these charges.

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