Asleep At The Wheel
8 Posted on May 29th, 2013 by Himself
Driving drunk is a bad thing. Getting caught driving drunk when your team is in the middle of trying to redeem its reputation is a bad thing, too, Joe.
We here at the Social Club vigorously condone both drinking and driving. Especially drinking. But not, of course, together. Especially when you’re so shitfaced you fall asleep in your car.
Everyone has probably heard by now that wide receiver Joseph Morgan was busted in Jefferson Parish for blowing a .218, more than twice the legal limit. The arresting officer reported that subject “was swaying on his feet, smelled of alcohol and had unsteady balance and bloodshot eyes.” And, of course, Louisiana law enforcement personnel are never known to lie, exaggerate, perjure, or otherwise betray their public trust, so we have to figure the trooper was telling the truth (we’re generous that way).
In the grand scheme of things, sleeping drunk in a car isn’t the worst thing a person can do. Morgan could, for instance, have actually been driving at the time. Still, unless he comes up with an explanation involving a transporter beam, it’s hard to figure how else he could have gotten where he was, in the state he was in, without driving there. I only hope he pulled over deliberately before he fell asleep.
In football terms, though, this is very nearly the worst thing a person can do, at least off the field, and at least right now: Morgan has made himself a distraction. He’s demonstrated immaturity, selfishness, lack of focus, lack of willpower, and stupidity. During OTAs. I guess Morgan figured it wasn’t a school night, so it’s okay to party…but in fact, the Saints are in the middle of tooling up for another campaign, and with everything going swimmingly so far Joe Morgan just shamed himself and, by extension, his entire team in front of the nation. (Two reasons I don’t link you to some inevitable “Saints are lowlife thugs!” comment: I really don’t care what Saints haters think, and those should be easy enough to find on your own. You know they’re out there, in droves, or flocks, or whatever is the proper collective term for idiot spoor.)
So what do we do? Do we cut him? Make an example of him, like we did with Biren Ealy and Kolo Kapanui and
Will Smith? Or cut him some slack and wait until everything blows over, like we did with Will Smith?
Well…if Morgan does get cut, we can sign Devery Henderson to replace him.
Personally, I’d be in favor of just letting nature take its course. He’s going to get pounded in court, and maybe taking it like a man will cause him to grow up somewhat. And he’s going to get pounded in camp, too: I’m not at all convinced that Morgan has what it takes to be even a number 3 receiver, especially if either Kenny Stills or Nick Toon steps up. If Morgan wants his life to fall apart, he’s off to a good start; but he’s also in a good position to work out some redemption, if he’s up to it.
It will be interesting to see Payton’s reaction. Either he’s focused and pissed off and anyone who steps out of line goes under the bus (that’s not necessarily a mixed metaphor), or else he’s in circle-the-wagons, all-for-one, one-for-all mode. I could see either one working to help the Saints redeem last year’s dismal campaign; but here’s what’s interesting: that time the Saints cut two players who stepped out of line during the offseason? That was 2009. We all remember what happened later.