This was supposed to be a new era of the Cincinnati Bengals. This was part of a new way. After finally, dumping Chris Henry after another arrest, the Bengals were going out of their way to tell us that they were staying away from problem players.
For a while, I believed them. They used their first two draft picks on Keith Rivers and Jerome Simpson ... two guys who are known to be positive influences on and off the field. Man, they are really turning over a new leaf!
That new leaf was blown away in the fifth round, when they decided to draft Fresno State defensive tackle Jason Shirley. Shirley has quite the reputation:
Suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team in late August, suspended from school in October following an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, reinstated in mid November but dismissed from team after getting cited for suspicion of driving with a suspended license and expired registration and appeared in only three games during senior season so character is clearly a concern.
What that doesn't tell you is his DUI came because he drove his car into an apartment building.
What the hell is this? Haven't you learned anything about your recent past? Sure, driving with a suspended license doesn't seem like a major deal ... but the fact that he was reinstated after past transgressions and still screwed up says a ton. Now you are adding him to a team that can't seem to figure out how to keep their players out of the police blotter.