Asleep At The Wheel

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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.

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  • PhilistineMay 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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    It’s very simple. He can learn from this. Let’s see if he does. He hasn’t proven anything yet, so he’d better learn. The Saints have a pretty fair number of prospects at wide receiver.

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  • sagehawkjhMay 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

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    While he did show incredibly poor judgement, this event luckily ended without anyone getting hurt (or worse). I would be surprised if he was cut, unless they were already leaning that way and this was a final straw kind of thing.

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    • HimselfMay 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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      I would be too. But Payton is said to be…different this off-season. I’m not sure yet in what way that’s going to manifest itself. Either he blows Morgan off, or he does the whole “band of brothers” thing. It will be interesting to see which transpires.

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarMay 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

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        Can Payton reprimand someone for intoxication with a straight face?
        “Come on Joe! Haven’t I taught y’all anything? You can’t mix alcohol, vicodin AND cars! Next time put down the keys and pick up some bongos or something.

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  • FriarBobMay 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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    There is a slight difference between publicly exposing oneself and being found asleep in a parked car. They’re both stupid, mind you. VERY stupid. But there’s still at least some degree of difference.

    And there’s also a difference between a camp body that everybody knew was a camp body and a guy who has enough talent that he might — MIGHT — turn out to be semi-useful… assuming he can stay on the field, of course.

    So IF this is truly a first offense, or at least a first major offense, give him a talking to that would peel super-glue-based paint off a metal wall. And warn him he better shape up or prepare to ship out. But I’d still give him exactly one more chance.

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    • HimselfMay 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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      Was me, I’d put him on Mount Passmore. That’ll motivate him.

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      • FriarBobMay 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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        Depends on whether your goal is to make him create a new NFL franchise or become a superstar.

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  • sacalaitJuly 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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    Let him go to camp and let it blow over. He may release himself.

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