COMMENTARY | The New York Jets and their new general manager, John Idzik, need to send a clear message to their team and to their fans:
No more stupid mistakes. No more cowboy antics. No more actions that continue to make this franchise the butt of jokes and give off the perception that the New York Jets are a three-ring circus.
And the first order of business is to cut Mike Goodson, the latest player to add a stink to the heaping pile of garbage this team has endured in recent years.
Last week, Goodson -- who signed a three-year deal just two months ago -- was arrested and charged with multiple drug and weapons counts after being found nearly passed out in an SUV in the wee hours of the morning.
He and his cohort were arrested, but only after Goodson was taken to the hospital because police and emergency responders found him so out-of-sorts they determined he needed medical attention.
The Jets aren't talking, instead releasing a simple statement: "We are aware of reports, and we are still gathering information." In other words: Let's see who's gun it is first before we condemn him.
Unfortunately, more often than not, professional athletes get the benefit of the doubt.
They receive preferential treatment, allowed to apologize for egregious mistakes that would cost normal citizens their livelihoods and their place among society. They are given every avenue to make amends, usually through an appearance here, a public service announcement there, a charity event or a donation to soothe the masses. Especially if they knock in a couple runs, score a few touchdowns or help the team win a few extra games.
Mike Goodson had a million reasons -- no, seven million reasons to steer clear of trouble. The stitching on his jersey was barely finished before he found himself in a car with hollow-point bullets and marijuana. Drunk to the point where they took him to the hospital. With a convicted felon. Parked on the side of an interstate.
At 3:15 in the morning.
It shouldn't matter whose car it was, whose gun it was or whose dope it was. The message from the New York Jets front office should be loud and clear: We aren't going to tolerate this any more. Mike Goodson should be a former Jet. As soon as possible.
James Moffat has 10-plus years of journalism expertise, writing for daily print and online publications. Check out his other work on the New York Jets here.
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