It had been coming all along. Few wanted to speak of it, but it is what it is. With the rash of player misconduct that has riddled the Detroit Lions' offseason, eventually, the cradle would fall and someone would become the example the rest of the team would, hopefully, fall in line behind.
After his second arrest, cornerback Aaron Berry was shown the door by Detroit Lions' management at a Monday morning meeting. At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, Berry allegedly waved a firearm at three people during an altercation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His prior arrest stemmed from an alcohol-induced round of "bumper cars," among other charges, as his BMW struck two parked vehicles.
Berry, an undrafted rookie free-agent in 2010, was a projected starter for the 2012 Detroit Lions', though his total stat line in 2011 amounted to 30 tackles. At 5'11" and 180 pounds, the third-year player has been no stranger to controversy since joining the Lions.
After last season's remarkable run, reaching the playoffs for the first time in a decade, Detroit lost to New Orleans, prompting Berry to later tweet that Detroit fans could go back to being "broke and miserable." That statement sent shockwaves through the fan base, prompting many to question his suitability in Honolulu Blue and Silver.
The release of Berry was overdue and warranted. The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a tumultuous offseason, while at the same token attempting to change the entire culture of a city wrought with turmoil and grief. Coach Jim Schwartz and the Lions' front office have made it clear that, if the Lions are to emerge from the depths of football insignificance, the ensuing changes need to be swift, hard and must make a firm statement. Releasing a player projected to be a starter with valuable potential made just such a statement.
Berry, now a free-agent, will seek to land a reserve spot on another National Football League roster. Whether or not he will find such a place, willing to put up with the attitude of a young man who appears to value self over team, remains to be seen.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers , Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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