Same Old Cowboys' Misbehavior? Yeah, And 'Same Ol' Us,' Too

Mike Fisher
July 11, 2018 - 7:29 am
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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN)  - As of Monday, the legal entanglement of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Marquez White naturally caused an audience that is either trying to use gallows humor or is suffering from exhaustion to cry, "Same ol' Cowboys.''

But a day later, there was a legal entanglement for an infinitely bigger star, and maybe almost infinitely bigger trouble, as standout running back LeSean McCoy is being accused of horrific acts of domestic violence against a girlfriend.

And a few days ago, it was star quarterback Jameis Winston who absorved a three-game suspension from the NFL for his violation of league behavioral policies.

Different cases, of course. Different levels of crimes, or alleged crimes. But all three of them fitting snuggly into at least one category: Emotion, and anger, funneled in a dangerous way.

What is wrong with us?

And it's not about a certain football team. The "Criminal Cowboys'' meme has been around longer than the word "meme.'' But Winston plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And McCoy used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles but now plays for the Buffalo Bills. And there are almost countless other cases of other players with other teams in other cities.

No team is immune. And even if the accusations turn out to be untrue -- in White's case, his argument that he was well within his right to brandish a legally-owned weapon due to feeling threatened in a "road rage'' situation might very well be backed up by the courts -- a question lingers.

What are we so angry about?

I say "we'' because this isn't really just about football players; you know this is you watch the first 10 minutes of the TV news and not just the last two minutes devoted to the "fun and games'' department.

Take McCoy's case: Allegations of several potential crimes are being hurled at the veteran running back by a close friend of McCoy's girlfriend. There are horrific photographs to accompany the charges, which include not only a violent attack against the woman, but also against McCoy's son and the family dog.

McCoy took to Instagram to voice his innocence.

"For the record, the totally baseless and offensive claims made against me today on social media are completely false," he wrote. "Furthermore, I have not had any direct contact with any of the people involved in months."

No matter which side is telling the truth, a problem still exists. The angry emotion of domestic violence. The angry emotion of false accusations. The angry emotion of assaulting a stranger who is driving Uber (Winston's case). The angry emotion of cross words being yelled between motorists, punctuated by the brandishing of a firearm.

Have we always been this angry? Have we always been this mean? And media coverage is accentuating the issue? Or is there something about the time we live in that exaccerbates our improperly-funneled anger?

This is an NFL issue, in a sense. But in an odd way, I almost wish it was only an NFL issue, contained in a bubble for the commissioner and owners and coaches and players to deal with.

But truly, this is more than an NFL issue. This can also be about provocation from the other car, about alleged false allegations from another party, about every guy on Twitter who has turned his account into a cesspool of racial, political or misogynistic hate.

I'm therefore less concerned about "Same ol' Cowboys.'' My real concern is infinitely more expansive than that.

I'm concerned about "Same ol' us.''