Santonio's Steeler career ends the same way it started

NFL_holmes3_250.jpgIn the never-ending NFL news cycle, it’s easy to forget things that happened four weeks ago, much less four months or four years.  For Santonio Holmes, his four-year career in Pittsburgh has ended under the same circumstances that it began.

In May 2006, roughly a month after being selected in the first round of the draft, Holmes was busted in South Beach for disorderly conduct.  Said a league source in response to the news, “Santonio was one of the talented assholes in the draft.  This arrest is not a revelation, nor is it out of character.  This guy is Plaxico, plus.”

The next month — only a week after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drove his face into a Chrysler — Holmes was arrested for allegedly choking, throwing to the ground, and slamming into a door the mother of one of his children.  The move prompted former NFL executive Ken Herock, who had been hired to help Holmes prepare for pre-draft interviews, to explain that Holmes was “ready to explode.”

“I had an impression of the kid, where he was from, such a tough area,
but soon as he told me he had three kids I knew it was going to be a
problem,” Herock told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at the time.  “He was dirt poor, all of a sudden he’s got a
little money, you get a little rambunctious. . . .  But I would have never thought it would happen now. I thought he
might explode in year two or three.  Add it up — no money, poor family
background, three kids already — something’s going to happen.”

The domestic violence allegations prompted the director of the Pittsburgh Women’s Center and Shelter to suggest that the Steelers refrain from signing Holmes to a big-money contract

The situation quickly stabilized.  Holmes got in no additional trouble, but he was solid and not spectacular in his first two NFL campaigns.  Though many league observers believe that a wideout will break out by his third year in the league, the only significant news he made during the 2008 regular season came from a citation for marijuana possession, followed promptly by a one-game paid suspension imposed by the team.

Of course, then came the postseason, the moment that Holmes finally came of age. 

A frozen-field 67-yard punt return for a touchdown allowed the Steelers to knot at 7-7 their division-round game against the Chargers, at a time when the Pittsburgh offense had yet to get rolling.  A week later, a 65-yard catch-and-run from Holmes helped take down the Ravens.  Then, in the Super Bowl, Holmes made that play for the ages in the corner of the end zone, cradling the ball, barely getting a second foot down, and somehow avoiding a 15-yard penalty for paying homage to LeBron James by throwing the ball into the air.

Holmes, who told me after the game that he “wasn’t even thinking about” the rule prohibiting the ball from being used as a prop, later was fined — an implicit admission by the league that the Cardinals’ last crack at victory should have commenced with a Pittsburgh kickoff from the Steelers’ own 15.

Holmes’ heroics almost were more than enough to obscure a stunning admission made in the days prior to the Super Bowl regarding his upbringing.  Holmes said that, as a youth, he sold drugs.  “My friends were always doing it and I felt comfortable doing it at the
time
,” Holmes said at the time.  “As the years grew older, I just felt like that
wasn’t what I wanted to do.   I wanted to play football.  I don’t want to
end up like a lot of my friends, in jail, standing on the corner, not
going to school.”

In 2009, Holmes played the best football of his life, with 1,249 receiving yards on 79 catches.  The performance seemed to point him in the direction of his openly-acknowledged quest for Canton.  The 2010 offseason, however, has been his worst.  On the same weekend that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself accused of sexual assault in Georgia, Holmes was accused of throwing a drink in the face of a woman at an Orlando nightclub.  Though she initially opted not to press charges, the woman later sued Santonio, and she has resurrected her criminal complaint.

To make matters worse, Holmes invited a Twitter user who criticized the player to “kill urself.”  Then, Holmes indicated an intention to “wake n bake,” slang for smoking pot upon getting out of bed in the morning.

His admission becomes even more idiotic in light of our Saturday report that Holmes is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy.  At some point over the weekend, the Steelers decided they’ve had enough — and they handed Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.

So ends the career of Holmes in Pittsburgh.  Though it included one of the brightest moments in NFL history, no Super Bowl MVP has ever experienced a more dramatic fall from grace.

In the end, recent history tells us that it doesn’t pay to make a memorable catch in the Super Bowl.  For David Tyree of the Giants and for Holmes, the end of the road came only one year later.  Unlike Tyree, who was run out of New York, Holmes is getting a fresh start in the Big Apple.  We hope that he has learned from his mistakes, that he decides he loves football more than he loves weed (allegedly), and that he continues to prove that he’s capable of making a legitimate run at the Hall of Fame.

77 responses to “Santonio's Steeler career ends the same way it started

  1. And Ray Lewis was too controversial to do the ‘I’M GOING TO DISNEYLAND’ commercial..

  2. You can look forward to a brutal training camp this year, Steelers. Tomlin is going to destroy you boys. You can just feel the steam that has been rising from his ears all year long. LOL!!!
    Gonna be a b!tch of a time at St. Vincent’s. You boys really sure you want to be Steelers?? Pack plenty of aspirin!!

  3. David Tyree wasn’t “run out of New York.” He was the 6th or 7th Wide Receiver on the depth chart and a one-time Pro Bowl Special Teamer that didn’t warrant a roster spot anymore. He wasn’t a very talented Wide Receiver and the Giants drafted a couple of rookies that year as well. Saying he was run out of town” is a disingenuous statement that you’re using to fluff up the overall negative tone of an article about Holmes. If you’re going to be negative about a former NY Giants WR being “run out of town,” then please refer to the proper WR: Plaxico Burress.

  4. Don’t forget the guy who made a catch right after Tyree’s that actually won the game.

  5. Stupid move by the Steelers. Not getting rid of him, but only getting a 5th round pick for a Super Bowl MVP receiver still in his prime. I mean, he is damaged goods, but still. Worth more then a late 5th round pick in the draft.

  6. And Florio ends the day just as he started the day. A hack writer whose jealousy of all things NY Jets gets the best of him.

  7. Who ghostwrote this post? Was it DeMaurice Smith? It’s full of rhetoric and inaccuracies.

  8. the second Santonio joins the jets you automatically try to destroy him. Way to be a journalist florio.

  9. Steelers also get more touches for Mike Wallace, who has a higher upside than Holmes, and is less of a character risk. For a few hundred thousand a year. I’m sure that factored heavily into the trade.
    Plus Limas Sweed is a lot better than he is being given credit for at the moment. With Ward, Holmes, Wallace, Randle El, Battle, etc. around they would end up getting NOTHING for Sweed a second round pick who was considered a first round talent at the draft. Matter of fact, I think Sweed was rated at around the same draft spot (#25 overall) as Holmes was taken a couple of years prior.
    When you think about the fact that Holmes is probably fouling off pitches with an 0-2 count on him, as far as his NFL career is concerned, the trade does not seem one sided.

  10. Florio, I read your site every day and you are pretty much a muckraker who makes mountains out of molehills (like Danny Devito in LA Confidential) but this article is really solid.

  11. The popcorn is poppin, and the beer is cold, lets all sit back and watch Karma bite the steelers as hard as it can HAHA HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA
    HA!!

  12. Stone, I agree. But Florio is a lawyer. He likes to use hyperbole. He also likes to say “wow” for effect. The fact is, he’s at his best when he applies his knowledge of the law to what’s going on BEHIND the scenes of the NFL. Once he starts talking about what’s happening on the field, his lack of knowledge of the game itself becomes painfully obvious.

  13. So you bring this up now?
    Its so obvious its sickening. You go on this big rant about how horrible Santonio is after hes traded from Pittsburg. If Holmes was still a Steeler you would be avoiding all this and making excuse for him and talking about how good he was this past year instead of saying how bad he was 3 years before that.
    If the Steelers cut somebody or trade them you automatically kiss there ass by tearing that guy apart. You are so bias and its sickening.
    Writers or Analysts that cover entire leagues should never be able to write stories about there favorite teams because its so one sided and you Florio are 1 of the worst when it comes to the Steelers.

  14. Now ur playin in the big league Santonio, its called the AFC East. I can’t wait for Vontae Davis to put this pot-smoking, wife-beater on his ass. (gud catch in the superbowl i’ll give him that)

  15. wow goodall comish new sheriff clean up the leauge hows that workin out ha ha he’s a joke it’s gettin worse or just same with more reporting of the bad side either way comish needs the just shut up award ha ha ha

  16. How long before ESPN buys PFT and you’re on First Take with Skip Bayless? This site used to be decent but you’ve completely sold out.

  17. a 5th rounder for this guy??
    And meanwhile, that idiot Jerry Angeblow of the Bears gave up a high 2nd rounder for Gaines Adams (RIP). Man, it stings every time I even think of that.

  18. i’m sorry to go against the trend of ripping guys apart who kind of deserve it, but i am of the opinion the steelers are making a mistake. Ward is a great football player and a solid receiver, but he has never been a consistent big play threat and wallace showed some serious promise last year, but whose to say that he will be able to step up to the #2 spot and still deliver. while he has been in trouble holmes has also grown in the last couple of seasons as a player. the charges against him in orlando are all but dropped and a little weed use is hardly what i would call a major problem. if the steelers really feel they are better off without him thats their business but a 5th round pick seems like little in return. i am more digusted by the growing number of sexual assault charges being brought against big ben then i am anything holmes has done in the last couple of years(notice i said “last couple of years” i dont condone beating your babies momma)
    good luck steelers fans rooting for a team that will struggle to reach .500 this year

  19. You would think Santonio Holmes had murdered someone by the appallingly negative tone of this article. Your article is breathtaking in it’s nasty parroting of various league sources’ BS pop psychology, the omission of the fact that Holmes as been found innocent in a court of law, and the statement that a single, impoverished man with three kids (when a large percentage of NFL players have similar backgrounds) would predict he was a troubled player? Really?
    Santonio Holmes is guilty of being an idiot, but he is a excellent clutch football player, who can run the most seamless routes on a football field.
    His career has not ended, his relationship has ended with the Steelers, that’s it.

  20. If it is true that Holmes is gone for a lousy 5th round pick then I am dumbfounded.
    There is no logic to the trade.
    He was a first round pick, he has played like one on the field. There has to be a team that was willing to give a 3rd !!!!!!…. ok…even a 4th.
    But if the Steelers dump him for a 5th it tells me they have no patience to squeeze for a good bargain and that is just bad business.
    Absolute foolishness…….ps….GLAD TO SEE YOU GO YOU STREET PUNK !!!!
    steelerlou canadas biggest steeler fan.

  21. Oh no!!! Another Steelers post.
    Now we will have to hear Deb go on a diatribe regarding her obsession with Big Ben.
    Deb, please do all of us a favor and take off the blinders. I know you so desperatly want to be one of the women Ben rapistberger takes into a bathroom and has his way with you, then bounces your noggin against the wall a few times to remind you of what a skank is.
    Some women have morals, and arent willing to “give it up” just to be seen with an overpaid rapist.
    get some counseling Deb, hope it helps getting your priorities in line

  22. People act as though the Steelers having thuggish and delinquent players is something new.
    … But not to those of us who’ve been paying attention.

  23. @ ItalianArmyguy
    If these guys feared Mike Tomlin then they would have been behaving to begin with. Tomlin may look like a tough dude but it is clear that his players, or at least a few of them, do not have one ounce of respect for him.

  24. Tone in New York. He’ll hate it there…..boring; nothing to do.
    Heh heh…..the Jets have just opened a can of worms here. I bet he never catches 50 more balls and ends up on trial for somethings…..

  25. Can the egos of Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes fit in the same locker room??? This will be fun to watch!

  26. Holmes give me a call I can get you a great deal on the green stuff better then what you got in Pitt

  27. I think this was a good move. The steelers were going to miss him for 4 games this season. This was the final year on his contract anyhow. If nothing was done, they would have lost him w/o compensation next year anyway. Now with this 5 rd pick, the steelers have 11 picks in the draft and can do whatever they darn well please.
    Steelers are intolerant of knuckleheads and this shows. I think that trading for a 5th rd pick sends a message that no player is bigger than the organization itself.
    Its Mike Wallace time!!

  28. As the Jets Owner wins the ‘Danny Snyder imitation’ award for this offseason. Thugs and old names in a desperate effort to win a SB.
    Are they signing PacMan next?

  29. I am glad the Steelers got rid of him. But come on…
    they should have gotten at least a second round pick for him.

  30. “We hope that he has learned from his mistakes, that he decides he loves football more than he loves weed”
    My gawsh, don’t be so naive. Guys like this never learn. The idea that a single penitent thought has crossed his mind in the past 10 years is laughable.
    Right now, he’s probably elated thinking that he’s going to a team that will respect his “style” after being so “disrespected” by Pittsburgh.

  31. Running the Jets this year will be like running a house hold full of first born daughters. They have wayyyy too many divas on that team to keep them all happy. Will be fun to watch them melt down by week 6

  32. I’m not a steelers fan, so you can take this for what it’s worth.
    Mike Wallace is a very talented young receiver. But much of his success came as defenses covered Ward and Holmes as the primary targets. Wallace is more of a prototypical 1 than Ward (as far as the ability to stretch the field). Is Mike Wallace a better number 1 than other WR’s in the conference that he’ll shred defenses like he did last year? The difference in the WR corp for Pitt now is Randle El v. Holmes, which is a downgrade.
    If the Steelers kept Holmes for the 2010 season, and let him go in free agency, they’d get better than a fifth round comp pick in 2011.
    Knee-jerk reaction, bad trade, imo.

  33. Sux they only got a 5th rounder but I’m interested to see if this in anyway lights a fire under Sweed.

  34. “Then, in the Super Bowl, Holmes made that play for the ages in the corner of the end zone, cradling the ball, barely getting a second foot down, and somehow avoiding a 15-yard penalty for paying homage to LeBron James by throwing the ball into the air.”
    Bitter, party of one?

  35. A 5th round pick?
    First the Steelers do the raping, now they get raped!
    PPPPFFFFGGGGGHHHHHHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. As usual, the Steelers character and leadership supercede the drive to get the best deal they can for an extremely talented players. Typical Steelers. Doing the right thing. No crims hanging there very long. Character, discipline, morality. That is why they have 6 rings.

  37. “We hope that he has learned from his mistakes . . ”
    From the man who bestowed on him the moniker of Santurdio?

  38. New York Jets under Rex Ryan are becoming the new Raiders signing every turd thrown away by any other team.

  39. Not really sure why the writer is ripping this guy so much. This guy had a 1200 plus yardage season with 7 TD’s last year. As a dolphins fan it pains me to see this guy go to the hated Jets for a FIFTH round pick. He would have instantly become our number one receiver. Not sure why we weren’t in talks to add this guy.
    This is an overly critical article on a pretty good football player.

  40. Offhand, I think the trade is a good one and while Peter King may call this “a shot across the bow”–presumably Ben’s–one must wonder how the Steelers will possibly keep Roethlisberger and not appear to be hypocrites. We’re talking three straight years of diversions, and certainly the last two are most disconcerting. There’s so much that goes on with teams that we’ll never know, of course, but it would seem to me that in the case of both of these guys, there is some feeling that the team has gone as far as it can go.
    I also have to wonder about the Jets. Why? Why would you want this side show? I’m sure Coach Ryan is a genius who can bring any team together but this seems ridiculous.
    (And really, who would want Ben now?)
    Wallace will be a great receiver. I’ll be interested to see if Sweed is back in the plans now, too.

  41. All the Jets really need from Holmes is 2 or 3 touchdowns and the trade is a good one. They gave up a 5th round pick for first round talent with second round problems. I don’t know what that works out to, exactly, but I know it isn’t a 5th round pick.
    Nice move Jests.

  42. Holmes was shipped because he is a black player for a racist fanbase. Roethlisburger gets more slacke because he’s white and is the face of the franchise. The Rooney rule exists because the Rooney’s knew the Steelers fanbase would never allow them to hire a black coach, no matter how qualified, unless they were “forced” by league rules to interview a black coach.

  43. DrakeDB says:
    April 12, 2010 7:41 AM
    Holmes isn’t Ben’s favorite target, defenseless drunk girls are.
    Beautiful!

  44. This should end well. New York is a perfect place for
    “Plaxico Plus”. What could go wrong?

  45. He is in the last year of his contract and can go elsewhere next year….plus with suspension he must sit 1/4 of the season…..that’s why only a fifth rd pick. Mike Wallace is the new Santonio Holmes anyway.

  46. # Jaydub says: April 12, 2010 5:49 AM
    “Whoops!
    Guess he wasn’t guilty either, right Squealer fans?”
    As if would matter to YOU either way.
    Like I told you yesterday:
    If this girl and her attorney held a press conference this afternoon and she confessed in front of a national audience that she made the whole thing up and this was simply an extortion attempt, you would say;
    “Duh.. I wonder how much the rapist paid her to say that.”
    Yes, you’re that witless and predictable.
    Besides, it fits your “agenda”.
    Then you went on a self-righteous tirade about having a daughter and what you would have done if she had been the “victim’.
    That is until someone else cornered you and asked that if you had a son instead, and found HIM in this position, whether or not you’d defend him or just declare him a rapist too.
    You cowered, turned tail and ran away on both posts.
    Still waiting big mouth…

  47. I agree with Ochocinco. It does seem the rest of league is trying to hand the Jets a Super Bowl. In all honesty though, I don’t think Sanchez will ever win a Super Bowl. I think he’ll be a great QB but not elite, and I also think he’ll never win a championship. I have little faith in former USC QB’s, though very talented, they always seem to become sub par in big games. So Santonio Holmes or not, the Jets won’t get a Lombardi. But why is this article bashing Holmes? SMH.

  48. “And Ray Lewis was too controversial to do the ‘I’M GOING TO DISNEYLAND’ commercial.. ”
    Ray Lewis killed 16 people two weeks before that Super Bowl

  49. To add in if David Tyree was “run out of town” why did the Giants keep on Injured Reserve the next year? He wasn’t going to crack the wide receivers but the Giants gave him a chance anyways. Heck they gave him a chance when he was on the team in he first place. If you had bothered to learn anything Floor-Boy you would have known the Giants drafted him for special teams work.

  50. The reason I don’t like the trade is this…. We could have just not played him and someone would have still wanted to take him when his contract expired. We would have probably gotten a 4th rounder, possibly a 3rd, as compensation. Now the Jets have that option. They really didn’t give up anything. Bench him. Let him watch. That would be better punishment.

  51. So is the point of this article that the NFL should not hire fathers from poor neighborhoods?

  52. monger says: April 12, 2010 9:01 AM
    “Holmes was shipped because he is a black player for a racist fanbase. ”
    The race card.
    That didn’t take long.
    mr dude’s “First Law of Leftist Debate”
    The more you present a leftist with factual evidence
    that is counter to his preconceived world view and the
    more difficult it becomes for him to refute it without
    losing face, the chance of him calling you a racist, bigot or homophobe approaches infinity.

  53. Florios’Lawyer says:
    April 12, 2010 9:35 AM
    “The race card.”
    Financial reality in a racist town.
    You want facts?
    How well are the Pirates supported? They didn’t even sell out the playoff games the last time they made the playoffs. Too many non-whites in baseball.
    How well are the lily white Penguins supported?
    Sellout after sellout.
    When’s the last time the Pittsburgh NBA franchise was a contender for the title? Oh, that’s right, the black players in the NBA don’t wear helmets that cover their faces when they play which means the fans can see that the players are predominantly black. No chance for an NBA team in that racist town.
    When was the last time a non-white player was the face of the Steelers?
    When was the last time a non-white player was the face of the Penguins?
    Just the facts.

  54. I guess the Jets-Steeler game will be scheduled after Oct 24, so Holmes will be back and a few games under his belt.

  55. monger says:
    “Holmes was shipped because he is a black player for a racist fanbase. Roethlisburger gets more slacke because he’s white and is the face of the franchise. The Rooney rule exists because the Rooney’s knew the Steelers fanbase would never allow them to hire a black coach, no matter how qualified, unless they were “forced” by league rules to interview a black coach.”
    LOL! How does a “fanbase” control a team’s ownership’s decisions? Please don’t be a troll, I really want to hear this explanation. How come the whole team isn’t white?

  56. Santonio Holms is going to self destruct.
    You can take the kid out of the Ghetto, but you can’t take the Ghetto out of the kid.
    3 kids?
    Start the clock.. he’s playing on borrowed time.

  57. So how many months before Santonio has a Glock in the waistband of his sweat pants???

  58. You guys make me roll my eyes after reading your comments. Do you ever go back or at least think about what you’ve written in previous posts? Apparently not. Wishy washy–all of you.
    First the Steelers were criminals for keeping Holmes as a receiver since he’s been in trouble so much.
    Now they are racists for dumping a black player who has been in trouble.
    Make up your minds.

  59. Cheap. Where was Denver? Oh wait. They already have troible@ that position.

  60. Hey Monger,
    Guess you never heard of Lynn Swann, John Stahlworth, Mean Joe Green, Franco Harris, LCGreenwood, Dwight White, Greg Lloyd, Hines Ward, Joey Porter just to name a few who were faces of the Steelers. Then there are Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla just to name a few who were faces of the Pirates. Oh I forgot…that were white guys with black shoe polish. BTW it was Art Rooney who forced the rule that a black must be interviewed in the selection of an NFL head coach. You’ve got to be kidding or you are a racist who likes to accuse everyone else of being a racist.

  61. “When was the last time a non-white player was the face of the Steelers?”
    Ever hear of Jerome Bettis, Lynn Swan, or that Italian guy… what was his name? Oh yeah, Franco Harris.
    “When was the last time a non-white player was the face of the Penguins?”
    Aside from *maybe* Grant Fuhr, when was the last time a non-white player was the face of ANY NHL team?
    Go Beavs!

  62. monger said:
    How well are the Pirates supported? They didn’t even sell out the playoff games the last time they made the playoffs. Too many non-whites in baseball.
    Obviously you don’t know anything of which you speak because the issue with the Pirates is that ownership is comprised of a bunch of tightwads who don’t know that the key to assembling a winning franchise is investing in young talent.
    monger also said:
    How well are the lily white Penguins supported?
    Sellout after sellout.
    Yeah, for the past few years. The Penguins have had their struggles in this city. We almost lost them a few years ago, if you recall… As for “lily white” – look around the NHL dude. Pittsburgh is no exception.
    monger continued to say:
    When’s the last time the Pittsburgh NBA franchise was a contender for the title? Oh, that’s right, the black players in the NBA don’t wear helmets that cover their faces when they play which means the fans can see that the players are predominantly black. No chance for an NBA team in that racist town.
    No validity to your “points” here whatsoever. We cheer on our college team with the best of them. They don’t wear helmets or masks either. Nice try though — saying something is true doesn’t make it so.
    monger tried to finish out strong with the following (but failed):
    When was the last time a non-white player was the face of the Steelers?
    Ummm… Heinz Ward? Jerome Bettis? Kordell Stewart? Franco Harris? Lynn Swann? Should I continue or have I thoroughly disproved your so called “facts”?
    We Pittsburghers have our issues — and like everywhere in America, our racists too — but to call us a racist town?? You’re making yourself look like an ignorant fool.

  63. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says:
    April 12, 2010 8:12 AM
    If the Steelers kept Holmes for the 2010 season, and let him go in free agency, they’d get better than a fifth round comp pick in 2011.
    Knee-jerk reaction, bad trade, imo.
    _____________________________
    Exactly. They basically cut him. A young good WR should be able to fetch more in a trade than they got even though he is coming up on a contract year. Crap, I was shocked as a Pats fan that anyone gave up a first rounder for an aging and injury prone (albeit still good) Seymour in the last year of HIS contract.

  64. Child_Please! says:
    April 12, 2010 5:05 AM
    …………………………………………..
    thats got to be one of the most ignorant posts I have read & yet another cheap low life shot against one of the better posters here…
    you have every right to disregard presumption on innocence & give your opinion outside of a courtroom but the lynch mob is no more helpful to me in understanding the LEGAL issues than the “we have 6 rings” defenders
    not once have I seen her defending Ben because he plays for Pittsburgh…or defending his conduct
    just good summary of the 2 cases…& unless you are part of the Georgia investigation you know absolutly nothing about the facts in that case
    anyway hope you feel good about yourself denigrating a poster in such in a sleazy way…

  65. @Child_Please! …
    So this is how you’re getting your kicks today? Harassing a rape survivor about how she’d enjoy being raped? Calling a woman a skank because she took the time to review the facts of the case–just as she’s done with Tom Cable, Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis, and players from other teams than her own?
    You don’t know anything about me, you pitiful ignorant little creature trying to pretend you’re a big man. And you sure don’t know anything about class.

  66. @hineswardcriesafterfumbling …
    Agree with your take. I don’t have a problem with letting Santonio go, but have a big problem with only getting a 5th-round pick for him.
    @Chapnasty2 …
    You’ve jumped to a silly conclusion. Every team has it’s share of ne’er-do-wells. Santonio is a dingaling who was stupid enough to post his violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy on Twitter. He’d have done that no matter who was coaching.
    If Ben is an innocent man, then all he did was go pub-crawling. That’s pretty common among NFL players. And I’d bet money, when they go back to their college towns, they go back to their college bars and clubs to drink. You don’t hear about it because nothing happens. Ben called Tomlin before sunup that morning after talking to the police and has been in daily contact with him since. He obviously has a lot of respect for the coach. I know you’re a settled married man who thinks Ben should have been home with a wife that night, but not everyone matures at the same rate.

  67. Whoa, whoa, let me get this straight… a black wideout who is a cancer to his team, beats women, and constantly gets arrested?
    What’s this world coming too?

  68. Wow, he sold drugs, geez, wow, I mean, why didn’t he just take advantage of the abundance of opportunities available to inner city kids!? How could he sell drugs? Oh my….
    YOU’RE IGNORANT!
    People like you are perfectly alright making a living reporting on football, but choose to ignore the cold reality that many NFL players come from nearly impossible, unfair scenarios. What does America have in store for young people like Santonio that don’t succeed in athletics or music? A jail cell of course!
    People like you are like, “why can’t he be a good horse and just run up and down the field for us?” “why does he have to do drugs?”
    Open your eyes!
    Recognize the systematic inequalities and don’t act so surprise when someone has fallen.
    Why didn’t The Steelers try to help this young man? They knew he was getting high, they had to. Of course, as long as he’s running up and down the field there’s no problem. The last thing they’d want to do is help the young man, noooo.
    Where Santonio comes from, weed hardly seems like a crime.
    Jets got a huge bargain, suspension and all.
    Pittsburgh can ride their high horse to a .500 record.

  69. @The Upsetter …
    I agree with a lot of what you’ve said. I agree people who’ve never experienced an upbringing like Holmes had are foolish to expect kids who sign football contracts to suddenly morph into Beaver Cleaver. I agree that smoking pot isn’t the worst thing in the world. In fact, I don’t even think the NFL should test for it.
    But … Holmes had other issues than pot-smoking. He’s also had assault arrests since being with the Steelers. If you’d research, you’d find the Steelers have worked with him and tried to help him get straightened out. His contract is up at the end of next year and he was already complaining about wanting more money and a bigger market. Then he got into a domestic altercation. And to top it off, he bragged openly via Twitter about violating the league’s substance abuse policy–something he’d already gotten into trouble about before. And he did all that while a negative spotlight was bearing down on the team.
    He brought this decision on himself.
    Yes, the Jets got a bargain. But he will miss 25 percent of the season. And if he makes one more stupid mistake–which is likely considering his track record–he’ll automatically be suspended for a year. I hope he straightens out and does well for the Jets. But under the circumstances, we made the right decision in letting him go.

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