Thought by many, including myself, to be one of the steals in the late rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, John Boyett, safety out of Oregon, is no longer a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Boyett was arrested Monday for public intoxication along with resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct. A little less than twenty-four hours later, the team cut ties with the safety who had been placed on the non-football injury list due to knee problems. This seems to me to be a move by the front office to show players that they will be tolerating none of this kind of nonsense this season and beyond.
We, as fans, are always hearing about whats-his-name getting arrested for who-knows-what. As Colts fans, I feel that we were usually able to pride ourselves in not hearing our players’ names creep up in these kinds of reports. I believe Mr. Irsay and his staff pride themselves on this virtue as well. This offseason, however, the Colts have not been as quiet as we have been accustomed to. We saw the likes of safety Joe Lefeged and wide receiver Lavon Brazill, both young, promising players with their names on the blotter as well. With incidents like Aaron Hernandez, Ray Lewis, and the numerous problems of Pac-Man Jones and Titus Young, the national media doesn’t spend much time on such unknown players as these. The Colts’ front office, media, and fans obviously hear more than their fair share of these stories however, and this behavior is undesirable and, as the brass has shown, will not be tolerated.
Boyett was reported to have told officers that “You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.” Hiding behind the horseshoe and its status is quite a low blow to send to the organization that took a chance on a kid with injury problems in the sixth round. This was without a doubt a contributing factor in the Colts’ release of the safety, in an attempt to avoid tarnishing what the blue and white stands for. Young Colts’ players and others around the league should take note from this incident: joining a professional sports organization does not make you invincible or give you a shield made of Vibranium (yes, that was a Captain America reference). Although we may have been looking forward to seeing Boyett hit the field in the future, it is refreshing to see a team cut ties right away in an attempt to nip these kinds of issues in the butt early on. Kudos Mr. Irsay, kudos.