If the NFL were a child’s playground, you would lock them all inside and throw away the key. The parents of some of these men need a long look at themselves as the scandals over the past few years continue to skyrocket through the roof.
Fortunately the likes of Ray McDonald and Ray Rice are sitting out on the free agency list. NFL franchises might not be making these cuts out of the goodness of their heart, but when the fans and sponsors speak then it’s about time they start listening.
From illegal weapons possession to battery, domestic violence or assault, footballers have a horrible habit of following through on terrible choices in their down time. Before long the league will have to change the carrot to the stick and banish these bad boys from representing their organization.
In comparison to all of these dramas dragging the sport through the mud, Deflategate was something of a welcomed distraction this year. It told the world that Roger Goddell wasn’t the only one lacking the appropriate sized balls to get the job done.
Naming and shaming the worst of the worst becomes a case of weeding out the good guys from the regulars. Supporters across the league have looked on in horror as opposition players from other clubs are caught out, only to think they’re immune from it ever happening to them.
If these 15 players don’t shape up, they should be shipped out. No more chances, no more excuses. These are the serial problem childs of the NFL right now.
15 Marshawn Lynch
14 Chris Owens
13 Pat McAfee
12 Kenny Britt
11 Ben Roethlisberger
10 Richie Incognito Jr.
9 Michael Vick
8 Aldon Smith
7 Adam Jones
6 Aqib Talib
5 Dez Bryant
4 Louis Murphy
3 Adrian Peterson
2 Greg Hardy
1 Johnny Manziel
Where do we begin with old Johnny boy? The kid’s not really that bright as he showed during the Browns loss to the 49ers this month, hitting himself in the head with a tablet for punishment. The beleaguered Cleveland franchise has been widely panned for throwing all their eggs into the spoiled 23-year old brat’s basket, overlooking a series of misdemeanors in College. The result? Disorderly conduct, oversleeping, tweeting dumb stuff and drink driving. Johnny Manziel is the poster boy for problem childs in the sport and the sooner the Browns get rid of him, the sooner they can begin the journey of creating a winning football team.
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