Once a person achieves a certain level of wealth, they become virtually immune to some common criminal prosecutions. For instance, rich Americans are roughly as likely to use illegal drugs as poor Americans. Yet the poorer a person is, the greater likelihood they will be arrested for petty drug offenses.
Even crimes that are almost exclusively “white-collar” don’t get prosecuted to the full extent of the law – as can be seen by the failure to bring almost anyone to justice despite a lot of “legally hazy” behavior surrounding the crash of our economy in 2008. Conversely, mandatory minimums are ruthlessly imposed for different crimes, usually effecting the poorest of Americans.
There is a great equalizer, however: the DUI. Though the rich can usually lawyer their way to better terms, in most cases a DUI is a DUI. In the NFL, DUIs have been rampant. According to Profootballtalk.com,
Nick Fairley, Kenny Britt, Donald Washington, Marshawn Lynch, Robert Quinn, Aaron Berry, David Diehl, Justin Blackmon, Jerome Felton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Meriweather, Knowshon Moreno and Aldon Smith — have been arrested for drunk driving this year.
Derrick Ward was an 8-year journeyman RB who retired in the off-season. A few days ago, he took to Twitter to call out the ridiculous misbehavior:
“Alright NFL players!!! Its absolutely E-N-O-U-G-H!!! Drinking and Driving? How dumb can u be? Its absolutely stupid and your making the good guys that actually do right in the NFL look bad,” Ward wrote.
“How easy is it to call a cab to get a ride home? So what? Leave your car get it in the am!? Stop being so dumb! Yes that’s right dumb! I’m sitting here retired enjoyed a great career now all I want to do is become a fan and I see numerous arrest for DWI in the past several weeks?
How many has it been this week 4? Absolutely ridiculous your not only putting yourself in danger but your putting other innocent people in danger that don’t deserve your stupidity. Open your eyes and do the right thing. I know what its like to get go out get drunk and debate on weather to drive home or not. Call a taxi! So what if u spend some money to take one or U get a ticket on your car in the am when u go bac 2 get it At least u won’t have to pay bail and then lawyer fees and then miss game checks from being suspended for a few games. Damn this really has me furious and its so avoidable.
Tighten up youngsters of the NFL because guess what it doesn’t mean National Football League it really means Not For Long league. There’s no excuse to drive drunk! NONE! If all else fails WALK! NFL players are world class athletes Walking should be nothing!”
I’m a huge supporter of the drunk pedestrian (obey those traffic lights, drunkards!). Drinking + driving is an incredibly selfish + dangerous act. And I’m not here to wag the finger - I shudder with shameful dread thinking about some of the times I got behind the wheel in my younger days, particularly high school. gross.
So listen, rich meatheads. Just get a fucking cab. Or walk. Or run real fast for 5 seconds, huddle up for 30 seconds, then run again for another 5. Repeat. As Ward said, you’re world class athletes!