Britt's big day doesn't end legal problems

Thumbnail image for K. Britt4.jpgAll it takes is one 225-yard, three touchdown day to get everyone to forgive any of pesky off-field problems.

By the end of Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt’s tour de force, he was embraced by a Nashville Metro police officer as he left the field, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  You can’t make this stuff up.

“If that guy wants to go out on the town clubbing
then let him be,” Titans tight end Bo Scaife said.  “Just get him security next time. They better let him alone. But that boy is a ticking time bomb
on the field and off
.”

Harold Pointer knows it too.  That’s the man who accuses Britt of punching him in the face, requiring stitches.  Pointer’s lawyer William Stover says his client spoke with police over the weekend.

“I think there is enough evidence for a warrant to be issued against Mr. Britt,” Stover said.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher, meanwhile, kept the performance in perspective.

“It was a great performance. I mean, it was an outstanding performance,” Fisher said. “It is two separate issues right now.”

He’s right.  As fans, we don’t really care what a player does off the field as long as he can perform on the field.  Ben Roethlisberger is the latest example of that.  We don’t care if players are “good people”  or “do the right thing” because knowing them in any meaningful way is an illusion.  We know how they play.

Kenny Britt broke out Sunday, lifting the Titans to 5-2, and that’s all that really matters to the people in LP Field on Sunday.  Well, at least until Britt’s off-field problems prevent him from playing.

8 responses to “Britt's big day doesn't end legal problems

  1. This is actually an intelligent article. Can we please stop holding athletes to this higher standard? If a singer or actor, abuses drugs, commits a crime, or says something unfavorable…is he barred from making an album or movie? The NFL is just another branch of the entertainment business. They really need to get off that high horse if they think they’re anything more that that.

  2. I wonder if this would have been written differently if he had smoked any other team but the Eagles? Because, as we all know, the Eagles were the better team, to a man, than the Titans, or the Skins, or the Packers???

  3. cornflorio says:
    October 25, 2010 9:17 AM
    This is actually an intelligent article. Can we please stop holding athletes to this higher standard? If a singer or actor, abuses drugs, commits a crime, or says something unfavorable…is he barred from making an album or movie? The NFL is just another branch of the entertainment business. They really need to get off that high horse if they think they’re anything more that that.
    =======================
    I agree with you- but be careful what you wish for. If you don’t think they should be treated any differently than entertainers when it comes to breaking the law, then you can’t treat them differently than entertainers on other issues. Stop bitching about how much money football players make when Judge Judy is making 25 million a year and Conan got 40 million to get fired.

  4. @realitypolice

    When did I complain about their salaries?? Lol
    I don’t care how much these guys make, it doesn’t affect me at all. What affects me as a viewer is missing out on talent, like Roethlisberger (and I hate the Steelers)… or Britt (and I don’t care much for the Titans) because they’re being punished/suspended for off-field behavior.

    If a guy like Meriweather tries to pull an Ichabod Crane on Todd Heap, then yeah…fine him, bench him, threaten to suspend him. But keeping a guy out because he had too many tequila shooters at the local club and started feeling up college girls is ridiculous. I don’t agree with the behavior, but leave the off-field punishments to the the Criminal Justice System. It’s why it was put in place!

    Roger Goodell has no business employing a department called NFL Security for any other reason then stadium safety

  5. Ben was not convicted of a crime other than stupidity.
    Your comparisons are almost as bad as your writing.

  6. turbodiesel,
    Is that sarcasm? The Titans are much better than the Eagles at every position but QB and even that is arguable because Young wins football games. Better RBs, with Jackson out, better WRs, and on defense it isnt even close. This isnt a Jim Johnson led defense…….

  7. @realitypolice
    Way to jump at people with tangential arguments that completely miss the point. NFL.com was talking about the fact that Britt apparently DID commit a crime, whereas Roethlisberger didn’t. His comment had nothing to do with whether Roethlisberger is a jerk (just like cornflorio’s comment had nothing to do with salaries).

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