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?