What to say when your NFL player is in trouble with the law


Michael Turner mug shot
Michael Turner's DUI arrest last night after his Falcons beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos treated fans to another soothing yet empty team statement that tells nothing. Most NFL franchises have the routine down pat. For those that don't, This Given Sunday shares this template of what to say when the fertilizer hits the ventilator.

The [insert team name here] are aware of the matter involving [insert player name here] that happened last night at [insert late hour, usually after midnight, here].  We are [concerned / distressed / alarmed, whichever works best] that the incident occurred. Since this is a matter of law enforcement, we shall issue no further statements until the conclusion of the investigation. [Whew! Now, we have time to make a panicked call to NFL Security and to NFL PR. to fix another dumb shirt player problem.]   

We'll leave it to Mr. Turner to explain why he was still out at 5:00 AM after a hard day at the office, and why he wasn't sober enough (allegedly) to pass a field sobriety test four hours after the last whistle.

Accusations are not convictions. We echo Jonathan Vilma's sentiment about the commissioner – show me the proof. Until then, expect teams to scratch their heads when bad news hits and then issue innocuous statements like this one

Image source: Michael Turner's mug shot found on thehollywoodgossip.com.

Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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