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We should all care about Nick Fairley’s off field antics

Written By: Terry Foster | May 30, 2012

Filed Under: driving

The man was loud. He was bold and he was defiant. I could tell he was angry and was one of those fans who only cares about his team winning games.

He spoke out on the Valenti and Foster Show on 971 FM about Nick Fairley and his latest arrest.

“I really don’t care,” the man said. “I just don’t care what he does off the field. The only thing I care about is what he does on the field. That’s it. I don’t care.”

When the man spoke I bet there were hundreds of nodding heads across Metro Detroit. They were giving the guy a thumbs up and applauding his stance. In the grand scheme most fans don’t care if their heroes are choir boys or crack heads. All they want them to do is show up on Sunday, strap on the pads and pound the flesh out of opponents.

I don’t blame them.

However, there is a reason why we should care about what Nick Fairley does off the field. He was driving 100 miles per hour impaired according to police in Alabama. That is a mixture that can cause a disaster. Fairley could harm himself and harm others. And he’s obviously not learned his lesson because a few weeks ago neighbors called police about a car speeding through a Mobile, Ala. neighborhood. It was Fairley and he had marijuana on him.

Last time it was weed. This time it was alcohol.

So would you care if Fairley hit a child? Would you care if he lost control of his car and killed a family? Would you care if he were boxer Paul Williams who crashed his motor cycle and is now paralyzed? Would that guy care if Fairley never played again?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should suspend Fairley four games next season. He obviously has not learned his lesson. The Lions obviously did not put him in check last time. My guess is they will this time. Their mistake is they trusted the guy.

But we should all care what Fairley does off the field. He has not earned our trust. If he goes unchecked and we just laugh at these incidents and say “boys will be boys” then the news next time won’t be as pleasant. Someone could die.

What if it were your child or mother or father Fairley hurts? Would you care then?


2 Responses to “We should all care about Nick Fairley’s off field antics”

  1. P ForReal Says:

    the dangers of Fairley’s behavior apply to everyone else on earth. 99% of whom i dont know or care about. i only know about Fairley because he plays football. the neighbor 3 houses down poses as much risk to my family as Fairley. i can only protect my family so much whether its Fairley or anyone else that poses a threat to their safety. the news is full of tragedy, most of which we ignore or move on quickly from. if Fairley hurt or killed someone, we would care more about losing our D tackle than whoever he killed-sad but true. i watch football for entertainment usually to take our minds off of the crap we deal with, so i dont want to watch football and think of each players character too


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