Thursday, August 10, 2006

Maurice Clarett Situation a Disgrace

So Maurice Clarett got arrested for carrying four loaded concealed firearms, attempted to kick policemen, and had to be maced before he could be taken to jail?


Clarett's debacle is merely another chapter in the Book of Normal for today's pro athletes, who, when they're not busy murdering their girlfriends like Rae Carruth, divide their time among marijuana, domestic abuse, and, of course, loaded firearms. Sure, the only running Clarett will be doing from now on will be in jail, but the way most other NFL runningbacks act, there's only one place where they should be allowed to run: In Jail.

Of course, because of all the precious money the NFL owners would stand to lose by jailing every runningback in the league, don't expect it to happen any time soon. Clarett will be out of jail in no time, and I'm sure teams will be lining up to hand him seven-figure paychecks, signed literally with pens but figuratively with blood. Maybe his signing bonus could be some more guns? Or maybe they could just take the next step and wrap these runningbacks up in blankets and coddle them even more. What a joke.

The fact that Clarett's actions are considered acceptable in this day and age is a disgrace. If Red Grange could see this, he'd be rolling over in his grave, if he'd made enough money in his lifetime to afford a grave big enough to roll over in. I'm sure that won't be a problem for Clarett, though, or any of these NFL runningbacks for that matter. I just hope I'm not on the field when the shots go off. But I'm sure the NFL will turn its back to that too.

What a disgrace.

Old School Columnist is a regular contributor to TDS. He has written over fifty novels including "When The Game Was a Game" and "My Youth: Baseball's Golden Age", both of which are available on

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