Albert Breer on why Jack Jones is still on the Patriots
Albert Breer of The MMQB joined Zolak & Bertrand on Thursday. Breer shared his thoughts on the Jack Jones plea deal, after the Patriots cornerback had gun charges against him dropped following an incident at Logan Airport in June. Here were Bert’s main takeaways from the fallout:
Where was the ownership statement?
“I can say this for a fact, like there are lots of programs, NFL and college that have three or four no tolerance rules for players. Don’t put your hand on a woman. You’re not to bring a gun into this facility. You are not to get in trouble with guns. And it’s zero tolerance. You’re gone. So a lot of these guys have had these rules drilled into their head since they were eighteen years old. And I would think that this would have to be one of those places based on what they’ve been through there. You would think that this would be one of those places where it is zero tolerance with guns. I would think like ownership would want to come out and say something here and say like, ‘we don’t have tolerance for this sort of thing and we’re working through this with Jack Jones and there will be consequences internally.’
Things would be different if Jack Jones didn’t have a checkered history
“And here’s the other part of it, and I don’t think we can ignore this. If this was a player who had a clean record and nothing had ever happened with him and he got caught with some guns at the airport. I don’t think we’d be talking about this this way. Like we call the guys stupid. You’re dumb for doing that, right? But if the guy had a clean record and like the guy had generally been a good guy, I think we’d all be pretty understanding.”
Talent trumps trouble
“Here’s the here’s the other problem with this. If this is the 60th guy in the roster in June. He is cut. I think that’s an inarguable point. He is cut. His NFL career is probably over because nobody else is touching him at that point either. By cutting that guy, you’d actually be doing more damage to that guy than you would be doing to Jack Jones, because Jack Jones, his talent dictates that he would probably get a shot somewhere else. So there’s a sliding scale here still. And I think that that’s something that this only highlights. There’s a sliding scale and your talent affords you opportunity. Your talent affords you second chances.”