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Lions G.M. has zero tolerance for domestic violence, gun crimes

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New Lions General Manager Bob Quinn says there are two types of off-field issues that would preclude a player from being signed or drafted in Detroit.

“The two things that are zero tolerance are domestic violence and dangerous weapons. Those are the two things I’m not going to stand for, I don’t believe in. That’s how I feel,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press.

Quinn will have final say in Detroit on both the draft and free agency, and he said a player’s character is “a big point of emphasis” for him.

“That’s definitely something that’s going to be taken into account on every draft pick, every free-agent signing that we take,” Quinn said.

The Lions’ front office was stung by criticism of the franchise in 2012, when the team had seven player arrests. Since then they’ve made a concerted effort to change the way they evaluate players, and Quinn’s emphasis on character is surely echoed behind the scenes by Lions owner Martha Ford.

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  1. britishraven says: Jan 11, 2016 7:20 PM

    Greg Hardy is bang out of luck up in Michigan

  2. chc4 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:23 PM

    Good thing robbery isn’t on the banned list. Stafford has been stealing money for years.

  3. brownstown6586 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:23 PM

    Good. We shouldn’t have to celebrate when a guy has zero tolerance for this garbage.

  4. dirtdawg54 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:23 PM

    So he won’t be signing any Bengals or Cowboys.

  5. mackcarrington says: Jan 11, 2016 7:24 PM

    That’s too bad because Greg Hardy looks good in blue.

  6. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Jan 11, 2016 7:24 PM

    This should be mandatory for the entire NFL and all other professional sports.

    Props to the Lions new GM.

  7. shomershabbos says: Jan 11, 2016 7:26 PM

    Great start. The Anti Cowboys

  8. johnlink00 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:29 PM

    Remember, he came from the organization that had Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots – and those whoare branching out to other teams – definitely learned from that terrible mistake.

  9. patsbrat says: Jan 11, 2016 7:32 PM

    Nice. Integrity is the word of the day.

    …are you listening Roger?

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2016 7:35 PM

    Quinn will build the team entirely with offensive linemen from Nebraska.

  11. drewzducks says: Jan 11, 2016 7:41 PM

    May want to move out of Detroit.

  12. stampnhawk says: Jan 11, 2016 7:44 PM

    While honorable in words, let’s see it in practice. I am sure that the Cowboys don’t promote domestic abuse per se. Yet they have a domestic abuser because of his perceived talent level filling a supposed huge need on the field.

    If Stafford gets accused one of these crimes, at what point does he get outright cut? After the criminal investigation, team investigation, league investigation? A conviction? The backup gunner will get cut right away, sure, but a star? And if you could get a star WR for nothing, after your top 4 WRs are hurt,and the WR just waived a gun around two years ago at a part y in the off season, they’re going to pass?

    And, DUI tolerance? Arguably, the most dangerous crime that would affect the general public. Though maybe the current roster has one of those,haven’t checked.

  13. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Jan 11, 2016 7:45 PM

    Let’s see what happens when it’s time to cut a $30m starter.

  14. usa98j30t4 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:47 PM

    Coming from the best organization in football.

    The best decision Detroit has made in years.

    #15yearsofexcellenceandcounting

  15. fordman84 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    And when the team keeps losing, and he loses his job, he will be able to talk about how he didn’t get the best players because of something they did in the past.

    Good for him I guess.

  16. itsfootballfolks says: Jan 11, 2016 8:08 PM

    PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:45 PM
    Let’s see what happens when it’s time to cut a $30m starter.
    ———-
    Hernandez was cut the day he was arrested and charged. Not sure he was a $30 million starter, but he he was making a bucket load and was a starter.

  17. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 11, 2016 8:13 PM

    So how does he plan on building a roster?

    75 percent of the league has had a domestic violence charge?

  18. Ferdinand says: Jan 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    And will he be cutting current players with those charges in their background? That’s the test.

  19. nels1959 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:29 PM

    Cutting Hernandez wasn’t much of a risk. It was obvious early on he was gonna spend the majority of his life in prison. Let’s see how this goes when one of his starters gets accused of beating his baby’s mama before a big game. I didn’t say playoff game because this IS the lions we’re talking about

  20. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 11, 2016 8:41 PM

    Quinn is echoing the standards of the Ford family. I agree. What, no Vontaze Burfict? The jackass single-handedly cost the Cincinnati Bengals the game and advancement in the playoffs.

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 11, 2016 8:48 PM

    So a month after he drafts, the lions number pick gets arrested for weapons and/or domestic violence, and the GM is going to just release their newly acquired first round pick?

    Was he crossing his fingers behind his back when he said it?

  22. jag1959 says: Jan 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    Well, there’s another team off the list for The Pacman FA tour

  23. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2016 9:02 PM

    .
    The cost to the team for one of these distractions is too high. You end up with 53 guys and a whole coaching staff focusing on the antics of one knucklehead.

    Was Dallas’s signing of Greg Hardy worth it in the long run?
    .

  24. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 11, 2016 9:12 PM

    stampnhawk says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:44 PM

    While honorable in words, let’s see it in practice. I am sure that the Cowboys don’t promote domestic abuse per se. Yet they have a domestic abuser because of his perceived talent level filling a supposed huge need on the field.

    If Stafford gets accused one of these crimes, at what point does he get outright cut? After the criminal investigation, team investigation, league investigation? A conviction? The backup gunner will get cut right away, sure, but a star? And if you could get a star WR for nothing, after your top 4 WRs are hurt,and the WR just waived a gun around two years ago at a part y in the off season, they’re going to pass?

    And, DUI tolerance? Arguably, the most dangerous crime that would affect the general public. Though maybe the current roster has one of those,haven’t checked.
    __________________

    Jealous troll alert!

  25. conormacleod says: Jan 11, 2016 9:26 PM

    This guy doesn’t realize what city he is moving to, does he? Fired before he even starts.

  26. tccoats says: Jan 11, 2016 9:30 PM

    whats his stance on murder?

  27. northernpackfan says: Jan 11, 2016 9:33 PM

    Good for him. The other teams in the NFC North would be well advised to follow their lead. We already know that the Packers, Bears, and Vikings won’t cut a player for weapons violations or domestic abuse charges (Quarless was useless this year, and he took up the IR-designated tag, the Bears signed Ray McDonald after he was accused of domestic abuse 2 TIMES!, and while he was the 2015 rushing champion, over the past 6 games AP managed to average just 60 yards/game, and fumbled almost as often as he scored TDs, all the while costing over 10% of the Vikings’ salary cap).

  28. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 11, 2016 9:36 PM

    PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:45 PM

    Let’s see what happens when it’s time to cut a $30m starter.
    _________________

    Any team that signs an at-risk player for $30 million deserves to get stuck with the bill. Quinn is being proactive in saying that the Lions just aren’t going to do it. Not gonna do it.

  29. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 11, 2016 9:45 PM

    “Dangerous weapons”? What other kind of weapon is there?

  30. zampft says: Jan 11, 2016 9:55 PM

    Problem is when it’s an allegation that is yet to go to trial or never does (Greg Hardy, Jameis Winston).

    It can’t be just a slogan, like Goodell seems to think. Building a team (and a league) with good character is only possible if done by brave decision-makers who are good people themselves. Time will tell if Detroit’s are for real.

  31. kevin777w says: Jan 11, 2016 10:38 PM

    I hope he’s going to allow time for an investigation of the facts. False accusations get made everyday.

  32. jerry944 says: Jan 11, 2016 10:47 PM

    Its funny all the cowboys comments when they sit 13 fewest off field issues since 2010..that means 19 teams have had more arrest and off field issues..but i understand the non football watching trolls on websites ..

  33. tonebones says: Jan 11, 2016 10:53 PM

    In other words, this guy wants to win. There are so many great football players who are also great kids. It’s easy if you know what you’re doing. If you’ve been around long enough, you can talk to a kid for five minutes and know what he’s all about. Most guys that get in trouble were well known trouble makers in college. The idea that a coach can control the bad guys is flat out wrong. How well did Belichick control Aaron Hernandez?

  34. JSpicoli says: Jan 11, 2016 11:07 PM

    Hero. Plain and simple.

    And if you disagree you should be called names and lose your job.

  35. headwoundharry says: Jan 11, 2016 11:10 PM

    But cheating is ok. He wisely kept the door open for any Pats cast offs.

  36. grandpoopah says: Jan 11, 2016 11:27 PM

    Good luck with that stance in Detroit!

  37. bobusch1 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:48 PM

    talk about falsely accused, the ones using that term are doing that to someone that just made a statement. Have you seen it be a lie yet??? do you know he had anything to do with the cheating in N. E. ??? It’s funny to me that people come on here, and say things, and then do what they are complaining about and have no clue they are doing it themselves. Give the guy a chance, whats he supposed to do say he is gonna get the best player no matter if he has killed, or beaten someone? Talk about judge and jury making a decision without facts, go back and read what you said. I hope he does a great job and gets this team on a good run for a change

  38. rainbowpowerbottom says: Jan 12, 2016 2:48 AM

    If Quinn can provide a stability in drafting. I will allow him to deflate all balls for my hometown lions. Caldwell still needs to go. His record as head coach is 67-97….I wish there was a pft story devoted to that. Title: how did Jim Caldwell become a head coach? I’m sure he’s really nice and the players like him because all practices have ice cream and pony rides but man,67-97?!?? Really?!?!

  39. topcide says: Jan 12, 2016 10:14 AM

    drewzducks says:
    Jan 11, 2016 7:41 PM
    May want to move out of Detroit.

    ————————————————————–

    I think you mean his Mansion on a lake in Oakland County, which happens to be one of the wealthiest counties in the country.

  40. truckinmack says: Jan 12, 2016 2:10 PM

    Zero tolerance for dangerous weapons…

    used illegally? Or is he not signing anyone who owns a rifle or hand gun?

    Zero tolerance is an idiot phrase that our country has adopted. It means that I don’t have to think or analyze a situation. I just have to use ‘zero tolerance’ as a sword and a shield.

  41. ocdn says: Jan 12, 2016 9:15 PM

    Already like him…….

  42. lesliehoerwinkle says: Jan 14, 2016 1:26 PM

    There are no domestic violence issues with any NFL players. And, there are no concussion issues in the NFL, either.

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