Well, I'd be careful in what I said about Clarett, since his "eyewitness" has now said he's not certain it was Clarett he saw. Any experienced
criminal lawyer can tell you, as can MANY books on the subject, that eyewitness testimony re violent crimes is not worth near as much as people think.
Other than that, Clarett was just a punk with a me-first, don't-care-about-the-team, give-me-the-bucks attitude, as far as I know. There are a lot
of them, though he was an especially egregious example, and a delicious bustout.
You've already heard my thoughts about Phillips, who will probably wind up shot to death, lawfully, by a woman he attacks some day, though I would add
he was a MESS in the N.F.L. The Niners signed him, lost lots of season ticket holders (but promptly gained new ones), and wound up getting rid of him
in a hurry. I can't give team names and dates off the top of my head, but he was signed by 2, 3 or 4 total N.F.L. teams, was always a bust-out, and
since then has been someone just waiting to get arrested for murder or to get killed by a citizen acting in lawful defense of his/her own life or the
life/lives of other people.
(I note an ESPN.com story from late August which reports two wholly unrelated alleged episodes that pretty much tell you what Phillips is: (1) He
attacked his girlfriend twice, and on one of those occasions, choked her to the point of unconsciousness; and (2) after getting into verbal spats with
3 teens during a football game, ran his CAR into them.
The good news is, these things happened in California. The article says he was charged with "domestic abuse," which is not what choking your g.f.
into unconsciousness would be called here, and "attempted murder," which apparently is three counts. NOW, it sure sounds to me like, after simmering
and seething through a football game, the decision to drive a car into three dudes would be deliberate and premeditated, and if a jury decides he
committed that action, they'll almost surely agree. MOREOVER, in California, DA's can present past evidence of domestic violence--which we know old
Lawrence has--to show a "propensity" to beat up g.f.'s. He could get several years for the attack on his g.f., which in my opinion should also have
been charged as an attempted murder.
But the three attempted premeditated murders? Know what he can get for that in California? How about life with the possibility of parole? And
that's 3 consecutive terms. He would eligible for parole CONSIDERATION after 21 calendar years, but almost nobody doing life gets out in California
(parole board is almost 100% ex-cops), and with THIS guy's record and attitude....
So, if that case can be sustained and prosecuted, and if adequate pressure is kept on the D.A., ol' Lawrence may be toast. And if he takes that "I'm
an incredible bad ass" attitude into prison, he may kick one or two guys' asses, but he'll get himself killed.
As for Tyson and Owens, I despise them, too, but if I were going to start my own thread on "Notorious Sporting World Scumbags," there would be plenty
of white guys in there. Mark Gastineau leaps to mind. Or Bill Romanowski. Or a lot of baseball players, past and present. I would not make it a
"Bash a Black Guy Every Week or Two" column. (Which is NOT to say I think you meant to suggest such a thing. I don't.)
I don't know, man. I write for a living, and since finding errors and acts of misconduct is what I do, writing polemics comes naturally to me. It
also helps that I'm surly, resentful and iconoclastic by nature, lol :bounce:
I am so busy, and while writing the stuff I do here is spontaneous and easy, researching a real good trashing of someone takes serious time and
Internet research. But since I
get to decide which a.h.'s to trash, well, that's pretty alluring.
And starting out with Mark Gastineau seems especially appealing, because he was a totally selfish player, constantly sold out on the run to pass
blitz, got a lot of media not so much for his skills as for his T.O.-esque repulsiveness, and then had his ludicrous foray into heavyweight "boxing."
He's been gone a long time, but so had Phillips, other than on police blotters.
Obviously you would like me to do this, Gibbs. Thank you for that. How do Toejam and the other panjandrums of this site feel about this idea?