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June 28, 2013

Thoughts from the sports desk

The NFL continues to make headlines, but not the kind that Roger Goodell likes to see. One of, if not the most, popular sports entities has been the talk around the country for all the wrong reasons.

With this week’s arrest of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez and Cleveland Brown rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott, the NFL has had 28 players arrested since the Super Bowl. That’s right, 28 since February. That is more than one per week.

I understand these are high-profile athletes and that makes their arrest more notable in the news, but 28 in 20 weeks. What are some of these guys thinking?

Hernandez has been the most covered and rightfully so since he is facing murder charges. Walcott is facing attempted murder charges. It blows my mind that these special athletes would throw away everything. Hernandez just signed a 5-year 40 million dollar extension with the Patriots. He has been waived by the Patriots.

He also has a 7-month old baby at home. Obviously, I don’t know all the circumstances around the case and if Hernandez is at fault or not, but that seems like an awful lot to toss away in some sort of disagreement.

Bird returns home

The Indiana Pacers announced the return of Larry “Legend” to the organization. Bird took a year off and has said he feels re-energized. That can only be a good thing for the Pacers, a team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals this season.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114

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