Rams defensive end Robert Quinn charged with DWI
ST.LOUIS—In today’s NFL Blotter Report, it has come to national light that St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was arrested on July 10th for DWI.
Quinn was charged after he was involved in a single car accident on an exit ramp on I-270 in Florissant, Mo.
According to the NFL, Quinn was also charged with failure to exercise a high degree of care and with having no insurance. The accident took place at 5:38 a.m.
Although Quinn has never previously been arrested or has not had a history with substance abuse issues, if this is true as charged, he knew better.
In a statement, the Rams towed the usual line. “The Rams and the NFL office are aware of the situation regarding Robert Quinn. We take such matters very seriously, and we will act accordingly once the legal process plays out.”
The former number one pick out of the University of North Carolina won’t be forced to deal with the process until Oct. 11 when a preliminary hearing is scheduled.
I really don’t understand how this many guys are screwing up as they see other guys screw up. You would think that somebody would say ‘damn let me call a cab. I’m not trying to end up like so and so.”
I like many people thought training camp will solve some of these problems but I am starting to doubt that it’s just a matter of idle time.
A certain percentage of today’s athlete simply refuses to get it and faces their own unique set of challenges.
The cops that used to take care of and cover up this kind of thing for ball players in the past are now looking to sell them out to the media for a few thousand dollars.
Embarrassing headlines are now a multimedia empire.
The culture that surrounds putting these young men on a pedestal is no longer a complete package.
At the bar/club, these guys are given enough free alcohol to drown a bear but the curb service treatment that used to see them home safely has all but been eliminated.
Club culture is bigger than ever and with it comes the added benefit of scandal.
I’m not trying to say that these men are entitled to being treated like babies when the rest of us are expected to make responsible decisions.
They just need to understand that their situation is envy-inspiring in some ways and not-so-admirable in others.
However hard that it maybe to turn one’s ego on and off so that the smart decision is always made, it must be made and that is what has to be driven home.