Donte Whitner was released from prison after being arrested and Tasered on Friday. Whitner was involved in what police have called a “near riot” at a Cleveland club while celebrating Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.’s birthday.
From Tim Graham’s blog:
A statement from the Cleveland Police Department alleged a brawl erupted outside the club at about 3 a.m. As off-duty officers tried to restore order, Whitner aggressively forced his way into an area where he was told not to go. Officers temporarily restrained him before he broke free and squared off to fight.
“Whitner began swinging his arms in a violent manner and, when restrained by officers, he broke free and took a fighting stance,” the Cleveland Police statement read. “An officer then deployed his Taser on Whitner, debilitating him enough that officers were able to place him in handcuffs.”
This isn’t the first time Whitner, 23, has been in trouble with the law. In 2006, he was arrested for non-criminal harassment of his live-in girlfriend in suburban Buffalo.
“We are aware of the report,” Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said in a statement on the team’s Web site. “At the present time we are attempting to gather all of the facts and will defer comment until that process is completed.
It’s been a great off-season so far for the Bills with Marshawn Lynch and Ko Simpson also running into trouble with the law. Can’t wait for these guys to actually start playing.
Same goes for this guy:
Jason Peters hasn’t gotten into any legal trouble (thank God) and the biggest news concerning him is that there isn’t any real news to be had.
He still hasn’t shown up for any workouts and it’s unlikely that he will until he either gets a new deal or is traded.
Sounds like the Bills are looking to trade the franchise tackle.
Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News lists some possible trade partners if the Bills go that route, including Philadelphia, Arizona and Oakland.
One thing is for sure though, if Jason Peters isn’t the Bills starting left tackle in 2009, as inflated as his reputation may be, the guy who is starting at left tackle certainly won’t be as good. And that’s why it’s best for the Bills to pay Peters top money.
If they’re serious about being contenders this year, then they need key positions to be filled by players who can do the job well. If they do trade him it will be for picks that will be used on players who probably won’t be ready for two or three years.
And drafting a left tackle might even cost more.
I wrote this after Peters was somehow selected to the Pro Bowl:
If I’m Russ Brandon and a team is looking to trade for Peters, who will probably make the Pro Bowl for the rest of his career based on reputation alone, then I’m certainly taking the call and listening. Take the picks or bodies (or both) and rebuild this team.
A franchise with as many problems as the Bills needs as few distractions as possible and just focus on the football?–?a losing team with divas on it? Who even wants to even cheer for that?
That of course, was before the Bills signed T.O., the poster boy of divas. In comparison, the Peters situation isn’t that bad. He’s just a player who wants to be paid what he feels he’s worth and is willing to not play in order to get that paycheck.
The team still does have a lot of holes (defensive end, tight end, safety, linebacker), but holding on to Peters now means one less hole to fill.
And his off-season troubles are nothing compared to the ones of Whitner, Lynch and Simpson.
If I’m Russ Brandon today, I’d still listen to the calls from teams looking to trade for Peters, this time with the understanding that I’ve got a hot commodity on my hands that can help my team now.
The Bills aren’t going to win the Super Bowl this year. But solidifying a core of solid players at key positions, including left tackle, for next season might be able to get them into the playoffs. Sign Peters and have him ready for opening kick off. It’s a start.
Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy the holiday!