Bob Quinn walks back “zero tolerance” policy for Lions


When Bob Quinn was hired as General Manager of the Lions, he said the team would have a “zero tolerance” policy in place regarding acquiring players with histories of domestic violence and gun crimes.

He said neither he nor the team was “going to stand for” employing such players, but it didn’t take long before he went back on that policy. The Lions signed tight ends Orson Charles and Andrew Quarless, both of whom had been arrested on gun charges, before Quinn’s first offseason in his new job was over.

On Thursday, Quinn addressed that change of course. As you’d imagine after breaking his word to sign players who stuck around briefly in bids to be at the bottom of the roster, Quinn has rethought his initial approach to the topic.

“I thought about that, I honestly did,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I think every incident and every situation is different. I said that. It’s in black and white. Looking back, I probably should not have said that because the more you do research on each individual incident, what you read in the newspaper and on the Internet is actually sometimes not accurate.”

Quinn said he won’t shy away from adding other players who might be character risks if they can “help this football team,” which has long been the only absolute in place in front offices around the league.

20 responses to “Bob Quinn walks back “zero tolerance” policy for Lions

  1. As one NFL scout once opined, “If Jeffrey Dahmer could run a 4.4 forty we would have written the cannibalism thing off as an ‘eating disorder.'”

  2. Just another example of people with power and/or money pandering to the public sentiments of the moment.

    People of integrity do not talk about having integrity (a la Roger Goodell).

  3. Absolute rules exist to protect people who don’t want to make tough decisions. Quinn is adopting a much more responsible course. Gather information, then make the best decision that you can in the specific situation.

  4. Whatever. He had an incredible draft his first year as GM, and as far as I’m concerned, this whole situation has been his only mistake. Grill him all you want about this, media, but he’s a first-time GM. He won’t be perfect but he’s been dang close so far!

  5. There isn’t a GM in the league that would be able to keep their job based on the quality of the roster’s character if they have a losing record. Owners want wins, not citizenship awards.

    Winners draw fans. More fans generate more money. It is a business.

  6. Obviously I’m going to be a little biased as I am a Lions fan, but I do agree with the fact that with DV you have to look at it objectively with each situation being stand alone.

    For the record, I am not advocating hitting women.

    However, my wife Is a police officer and DV’s are something she responds too way more often than you would imagine, and they are required to arrest someone based off of an accusation only per protocol.

    For example, she showed up once because a wife called and said her husband was beating her. she shows up, wife is completely wasted drunk acting insane. Husband is stone sober and acting calm and cooperating. His nose is broken and face bruised, and a frying pan has his blood on it. she has one small mark on each one of wrists. His story is that they were in argument and he poured out the booze in the house because she was hammered, and then she flipped out and hit him with a frying pan so he grabbed her wrists and restrained her. Her story is that he was beating her and she hit him with a pan in self defense. Since SHE made the call and the complaint, and he admitted to using physical force on her, the cops were required to arrest him even though the overwhelming physical evidence supported his story and every cop that responded believed him.

    eventually the charges against him were dropped, but it took a month or so but he WAS arrested on suspicion of DV. I get that is somewhat of a unique situation, but it’s an example of why you need to look at each situation on it’s own accord.

  7. I’m probably going to get thumbed-down, but I don’t like zero tolerance policies. They remove any accountability or integrity from the management. I’m certainly not saying the NFL needs to be more lenient with domestic abuse, but zero tolerance is how you get second graders suspended from school for drawing a picture of their parents deer hunting with a rifle.

  8. Gun charges cover a wide range of behaviors. That would include a gun registered in your state that isn’t recognized in New York. I would have a gun for my protection too if I had to work in a big crime infested city.

  9. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says:
    Jan 13, 2017 9:29 AM
    Whatever. He had an incredible draft his first year as GM, and as far as I’m concerned, this whole situation has been his only mistake. Grill him all you want about this, media, but he’s a first-time GM. He won’t be perfect but he’s been dang close so far!


    Yea, I totally agree and 4 straight losses, including an embarrassing and fluke playoff appearance is “incredible” as well.

  10. Yes he didn’t live up to his word but I don’t fault him here if that makes sense. You can’t have a football team in this league that doesn’t have one guy with a criminal record, it’s just fact.

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