When it comes to stupid comments, I guess nowadays in the National Football League it’s not just classified to the players, but to coaches as well. Such was the case on Wednesday, when Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis made a ridiculous statement on ESPN Radio that Bengal players are being pulled over because of profiling at work. Yes, Lewis, who is not running a football team on most days but a home for troubled players, stated that wide out Chris Henry was pulled over for not signaling a turn because of profiling.
Upon it leaking to the masses, the Bengals quickly went into damage control, and Lewis, who is supposed to be the leader of his team, back tracked his statements. “At no point did I say or mean to imply that these issues had anything to do with race,” Lewis stated. “When I spoke of our players being perhaps more subject to scrutiny than others, I was referring to their standing as public figures.” Uh, in other words, what I think Lewis meant was while in most places players get special treatment from the police, but in the case of the the Bengals, they are punished for being pro players? At least that’s what I am thinking he meant.
First off, Lewis sticking up for Henry at this point is just stupid. Henry is a thug, who can’t stay out of trouble, and you can paint that picture anyway you want, but the wide receiver has earned every arrest and issue that has come his way. The best thing for the Bengals to do with Henry is to distance themselves from him while he serves his eight game suspension for getting arrested four times. The team can start to revamp its image right away by saying “so long” to Henry, giving notice that these types of players will no longer be embraced by Cincinnati.
Instead of doing that, the team has taken a step backwards with such a foolish thing like its leader in Lewis coming out and making such a statement. Marvin is a good man, and a good football coach. The Bengals have made many strides on the field over the tenure of Lewis, off the field has been another story. Now Lewis must come out and represent the franchise in such a way where statements like he made to ESPN cannot be made and cannot be allowed.