Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham spent his bye week getting arrested for forgetting to remove a loaded gun from his backpack before trying to get through airport security. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz spent a portion of his Thursday press conference sharing his feelings on the matter, in blunt fashion.
Said Schwartz regarding Bradham, “You do dumbass things, pretty soon you’ll be labeled a dumbass.”
It’s a refreshing twist on the perfunctory team-issued “we are aware of the situation and will have no further comment pending the resolution of the legal process” nonsense, and it’s something that more coaches need to be willing to say.
But here’s the thing. Something like that never would be said about a star player on the Eagles or any other team. Still, it’s good to see that someone is willing to say something candid, and accurate, about the careless manner in which implements of deadly force routinely are handled.
If, after all, you’re not sufficiently cautious with a loaded gun that you fail to remember where your loaded gun is, maybe you shouldn’t have one. And maybe you are a dumbass.