That's the easiest way to sum up my feelings with the latest off-field incident involving Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt was reportedly charged with a DWI at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This incident occurred during the early a.m. hours of July 20, 2012. Britt was supposedly driving with a female solider at the army base.
The 23-year-old wide receiver has been involved (at least allegedly) in a car chase, bar fight, outstanding traffic warrants, driving without a license, and resisting arrest. In June 2011, Britt used his Twitter account to threaten retirement and criticize NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the lockout.
The NFL's personal-conduct policy gives Commissioner Goodell the power to suspend Britt for multiple games. Britt was fortunate to have avoided suspensions for those past crimes. This latest infraction could mean that Britt misses the first four games of the 2012-13 NFL season.
The ironic part about any suspension is that it could be a blessing-in-disguise. Britt is currently recovering from surgeries on both of his knees. This includes two surgeries on a knee where he tore his ACL and MCL during a regular-season contest on September 25, 2011. The Titans can't rush him back if he's suspended.
Yet again, "Availability" is a concern. It wouldn't matter if Britt were the most-talented athlete in sports history. Britt can't play if he can't stay healthy. Britt can't play if his mug shots become more recognizable then his picture on his ESPN and Yahoo! player cards.
I'm just baffled whenever I see these young athletes throw away their talents from such foolish behavior. Everybody makes mistakes. That's especially true for young people. Unfortunately, this has become nothing more than carelessness. I thought these days were behind him. Just a few days ago, I overheard someone talking about how Britt's rash of injuries was nowhere near as annoying as his rash of legal problems.
Now fans can have the worst of both worlds. From here on out, the Titans need to hold Britt to a zero-tolerance policy. These incidents must stop. Now.
Britt is a free agent after the 2013-14 season. Let's assume that Britt is completely healthy and stays out of trouble for that entire season (plus offseason). Can the Titans make a long-term financial commitment to him after one year of good behavior? Can they trust that a contract year wasn't the only reason he was well-behaved?
Trading Britt isn't really an option. The availability concerns would kill his trade value. The Titans would need to find a team who didn't care too much about character concerns. The Philadelphia Eagles have an ex-felon at quarterback. Speaking of Philadelphia, maybe the Philadelphia Flyers would take Kenny Britt instead of Shea Weber? They can keep the four first-round picks if they'd like.
No? Well, it was worth a shot.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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