Ausar Walcott won’t get back to NFL easily

Though it’s probably as much of a formality as when the same ruling was handed down for Aaron Hernandez, Ausar Walcott has another hurdle if he ever wants to play football again.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, teams have been notified that no contract would be approved for Walcott until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reviews him under the personal conduct policy.

The Browns promptly released Walcott after he was arrested for attempted murder. The undrafted rookie linebacker from Virginia had signed after a tryout.

The only way he’s getting back in the league is if he’s found innocent, and that may not be enough. For fringe players, any blemish is often enough for teams to declare them more trouble than they’re worth, and attempted murder is more than just a blemish.

13 responses to “Ausar Walcott won’t get back to NFL easily

  1. By no means condoning his behavior, but “attempted murder” for punching a guy outside of a bar? Seems crazy; must be more to the story than what’s been reported.

  2. Innocence is not determined by he courts, Darin.

    Guilty or not guilty. ‘innocence’ is a different matter. Perhaps pieces about the legal system should be written by those who know this.

  3. I mean, Pacman Jones punched a broad in the head outside of a bar. He’s not being charged with attempted murder.

    Eitehr Walcott hits harder or this story is fishy.

  4. areyoudue – victim is in a medically induced coma as a result of the punch…attempted murder seems right.

    Darin – as I’m sure your boss would point out, defendants are not “found innocent” but rather declared “not guilty.”

  5. This is the downside of fighting in these days and times. The reality is like in ConAir, if you hit someone and they fall and hit their head on the concrete and die or get put in a coma you get charged with a greater crime because your actions caused the person to nearly die – AND if they die later on from anything related to your punch (i.e. a blood clot years later related to the injury you caused) then you could get charged with murder years later when the first charge may have been assault.

    It is a sad case because he mentored to kids that week on his own, so he isn’t truly a bad guy. Plus, who thinks about all the things that can happen from a punch when a fight is brewing. A person typically thinks about quieting the loud mouth, settling the argument, etc., not what happens if I Ivan Drago/Apollo Creed this guy. The sad news is, whether he is a bad guy or not he will likely never get the shot he had the tenuous grip on to start with.

  6. albanyhawker — thanks for the additional info, I wasn’t aware. Still, I’m no lawyer but I thought with attempted murder there had to be an intent to kill. That seems hard to prove in this case but again I don’t think we have all of the facts.

  7. If you guys recall the tenage kid in UTAH that punched a soccer referee who later died, this case is similar. If the guy dies, he is presently in a medically induced coma, it is attempted murder. The guy probably wont have made the team anyways, his career never began to begin with.

  8. If this guy was a 2nd year player who made the pro-bowl last year, he would be on the roster while the NFL prayed for him to be cleared of all charges. The NFL wants that merchandise to fly off the shelves so they can make a million dollars off of it.

    I am starting to get real tired of these reports about players breaking the law and getting zero punishment. If your average slob was accused of the kinds of crimes we see pro athletes walking away from, your average slob would be sitting in jail and get fired from their job if they had one.

    And we wonder why we have such a crime problem in this country. Everyone thinks they can get away with serious crimes because some NFL superstar bought his way out of trouble. Ridiculous.

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