Stephon Gilmore will have to wait. The article I had planned to write about the star corner from South Carolina who has become a potential target for the Detroit Lions has been pushed aside for now.
Why? Because the Lions can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
Within just two weeks of each other, two soon-to-be second year Lions were arrested for possession of marijuana.
The players, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and running back Mikel Leshoure, have both been released from jail, but Leshoure now faces a felony possession charge.
For Leshoure, it is his second possession charge in a month, and this time around, was actually eating the marijuana when the officer came to the car.
I’ll be honest. I couldn’t care less what these guys are doing in their free time as long as they produce on the field, but they haven’t. Leshoure blew out his knee preseason last year and missed all 16 games. Fairley got hurt prior to the season as well, and recorded only 15 tackles and one sack in 2011.
Furthermore, the league will certainly look into these events in depth, and could decide to suspend the players. While Fairley most likely won’t be suspended, it is definitely possible for Leshoure to get suspended seeing how it is his second offense this offseason.
This all comes down to discipline. You don’t stomp on people, you don’t put dirty hits on people, and you certainly don’t drive around town with a bag of weed (and I don’t recommend eating it if you do happen to have one).
The Lions, unfortunately, have done all of these things in the past year, and their lack of discipline is becoming unnerving. Jim Schwartz needs to get these matters under control and get his players playing up to their potential as soon as training camp starts.
Lions fans will hope that these issues will soon be forgotten, but will also await any repercussions that may be handed down from the league.
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