Though Hernandez and Carruth are the extremes, the NFL might appear to have a systemic law and order issue given the rash of arrests that have taken place in the ongoing offseason.
That includes Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in Northern New Jersey the day before Hernandez was arrested. Walcott was cut the next day and it’s doubtful he will receive another chance in the league.
“There is what, about 1,800 players and 29 arrested,” Chase said. “There are a lot of good guys out there with just a few bad apples. The media overhypes it. The media is a funny business.”
Whether proven guilty or not, the NFL is hoping the Hernandez case will act as a cautionary tale for current and aspiring players.
“The change has to occur when athletes are younger,” the NFL scout said. “Athletes must be held accountable from an early age so the sense of entitlement isn’t there when they are older.
“Choosing smart leads to a reward. Making poor choices leads to hurt and pain. When you make poor choices, there is always something or someone whose job is to make life miserable when you make poor choices.”