This image still rests in the minds of heartbroken Baltimore Ravens fans, but Jacoby Jones and several other teammates of his made headlines today for all of the wrong reasons.
In case you haven’t heard, the Jones and several other Ravens teammates were found on the front TMZ’s sports section — a place no athlete wants to ever find themselves. The event? Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie‘s birthday bash in Washington D.C. following the Ravens’ 30-9 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 3.
Look, I understand that professional athletes are human beings as well. I understand that these guys need to have a life outside of football, and Bryant McKinnie should be able to enjoy his birthday how wants to. This is inexcusable though.
This is why players like Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones — who was just was cited for disorderly conduct early Monday morning for his eighth arrest since joining the NFL — keep getting in trouble with the law and find themselves with the wrong crowds all the time.
McKinnie of all people shouldn’t be celebrating anything. Sure, he was partially responsible for the Ravens’ Super Bowl run in 2012, but he was looking to milk as much money out of any team that would sign him this offseason. The Ravens just so happened to have the right price to help him pay off his loans that he took from the NFL.
In case you haven’t heard, he owes roughly $4.3 million to the league according to NFL.com.
McKinnie was also involved in the “Love Boat” scandal back in Minnesota. That situation somewhat mirrors this one as it seems like McKinnie and his teammates involved weren’t acting responsibly and found themselves in a bad situation that was self-inflicted once again. It doesn’t seem like these guys ever learn.
Sure, no one was arrested. Nothing major has really stemmed from this story just yet, but off all people to be celebrating, it shouldn’t be McKinnie and Jones. After all, McKinnie has looked lackluster thus far in the first three games of the regular season, and it makes you wonder just why no one wanted to break the bank for the 34-year-old.
Plus, Jones should be focused on rehabbing his partially torn MCL, especially given the contract (two years, $6.5 million) he signed with the Ravens to be a part-time receiver and glorified return specialist.
I know Jones was watching as his teammate and fellow wide receiver and return specialist Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards to the house. Doss has put forth two consecutive solid efforts on the special teams front, and it seems like getting cut was a blessing in disguise for him.
Jacoby shouldn’t get too comfortable with his standing on this Ravens roster, despite what he gave to the team during their 2012 Super Bowl run. Getting hurt at a night club in D.C. isn’t a good start.
The bottom line? These players are investments to their organizations. Sure, they can live an elaborate social life and spend their time and money however they want. But, when there’s still a lot of football to be played this season and a trap game upcoming Sept. 29 against the Buffalo Bills, the team should shift its focus on how they are going to dominate the Bills offensively and improve on their 236-yard output at home against the Texans.