The Lions cornerback was reportedly arrested over the weekend for suspicion of DUI, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman. Berry allegedly hit cars in the early morning hours Saturday in his hometown of Harrisburg, Penn., refusing a breathalyzer test before being taken into custody.
It's. Getting. Old.
The Nick Fairley saga put a black eye on the Lions organization, as did the marijuana-related arrests of Mike Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham addressed Fairley's situation, saying that he would closely monitor the young defensive tackle.
Leshoure was suspended for two games. Fairley should probably get closer to three or four.
Do these guys need babysitters?
Do they need to have their hands held at every waking moment?
Does someone need to make their decisions for them?
I admire Cunningham's approach. He seems like a caring individual who wants nothing more than to help his players, namely Fairley. However, he'll have to pull Berry into the meeting room -- maybe even tie his shoes and cut the crust off his PB and J -- and get his head straight before the season starts.
The young Lions' behavior is comical. Each player arrested or charged with drug possession is in their early 20s. Detroit needs to address this problem, and quickly, before more headlines break.
Detroit made its first playoff appearance since 1999 last fall. The Lions are considered a team to contend with in the rough-and-tough NFC-North. It remains to be seen how they'll perform on the field, but a select few have tarnished what others have worked for by misbehaving, defying the law at every turn and failing to act accordingly with team policies and regulations.
Berry, a former Pitt star, has 34 tackles during his three-year career with Detroit. He had a season-high seven tackles in Detroit's 31-17 loss to New Orleans in 2011.
Adam Biggers has followed the NFL for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Lions. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.