Trouble Starts Early For Porter


That didn’t take long.

The newest member of the Arizona Cardinals, Joey Porter, formerly of the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Saturday morning in Bakersfield, California of all places.

First of all, I knew it would be trouble on the field by signing Porter.  Now, it seems trouble off the field has followed as well.  Is it too late to void the contract?  I don’t care how good the Cards think he is, the fact is the Cardinals over the past three seasons have been trying to change an image.  Now, the image hasn’t been one of players making cameo’s on America’s Most Wanted like the Cincinnati Bengals played a few years back, however the image prior to 2007 was one of a franchise that could never get anything right.  No matter how hard they tried, or seemed to try, bad luck always followed the team.  The last thing this franchise needs now is a black eye with Porter.

It gets better.  Apparently Porter decided to offer up a little resistance to getting out of his vehicle before relenting and getting out.  This is exactly the type of character the Cardinals do not need on their roster.  I hope the Cards take a long look at this situation.  I believe in second chances as much as the next person, so maybe we offer him one, maybe we don’t, but the Cards need to make sure they know what they are getting in Porter and review this situation carefully before offering any kind of support behind Porter on this one.

Scott Allen

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  • Mike Ellingboe

    I think we’re all disappointed by this report, but so much for the idea of innocent until proven guilty. The idea of voiding his contract seems a little premature at this stage, wouldn’t you agree?

  • http://raisingzona.com AZScott

    All I’m saying is the Cards need to take a zero tolerance approach to this stuff. IF he is guilty of resisting arrest and drunk driving, he should be held accountable. Whether that means voiding his contract I don’t know, but I can tell you other local organizations have taken this approach. Look at the Dbacks. Throughout their history they have had a zero tolerance. Just ask Wally Backman.

  • Deb

    Well as am sure you know by now. Joey Porter is free from all charges.This article that you wrote was premature and haters feed off of news like that. We have enough negativity put out there about our Cardinals.

  • http://raisingzona.com AZScott

    It wasn’t premature. It was just me stating my opinion after what factually happened. Yes charges are not going to be filed and all seems to be ok with the Cards. Still think he is a moron for what he did. Hopefully he learns from this and stays out of trouble going fwd. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit skeptical right now though that he’ll be able to do that.