All it took was two weeks; less than two measly weeks after I wrote that Dallas Cowboys fans would be holding their breath to get through the next month without hearing about any off the field incidents. And within one hour of each other, news trickled out about linebacker Damien Wilson’s arrest and Dak Prescott’s autograph-gate accusations.
One of the incidents is extremely minor, no one really knows what is happening with Prescott being accused of using a machine to sign items instead of actually signing memorabilia. And frankly, no one really cares. Its small potatoes and Prescott may have never known it was going on, if, in fact, it happened.
But the perception isn’t good. The all-around reputation of Dak Prescott has been great since he entered the league and it is just another “issue” to answer questions about. There won’t likely be any games missed or suspensions due to this infraction, which is what’s most important to the team.
However, the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge against Damien Wilson is a much different story. These are very serious allegations and a suspension will result from the arrest, even if he is found not guilty, via the league’s personal conduct policy. Wilson was going to be battling for a starting spot as the strong-side linebacker and he was supposed to take the leap into a real player in his third season. Those plans took a major hit with the arrest on July 4th.
Last year Wilson’s impressive off-season was hampered by a paint ball incident just before camp opened and he never really recovered to produce as many expected. This is now back-to-back years where his boneheaded decision effects the Cowboys. And yes, playing paintball just before camp for an NFL player can be labeled as not the wisest decision ever made.
In fairness to the team, though, it was hard to see Wilson’s arrest coming. He wasn’t a player who had any red flags coming out of college and blaming the staff, which people love to do, is difficult this time around. It isn’t like Wilson has had a history of bad behavior, so what is the organization supposed to do to stop players from putting themselves in these positions?
It’s sad how the ‘off period’ before training camp for the Cowboys continues to bring such bad news each year. It shouldn’t be difficult to stay out of trouble and keep your head on straight. Wilson’s actions (if true) are heinous and he should have known better. It’s inexcusable for these things to happen year after year.
The Dallas Cowboys cannot seem to stay out of the wrong kind of news. Every year it’s the same kind of garbage that follows the team into training camp and we still don’t know the outcome of the Ezekiel Elliott investigation.
Cross your fingers Cowboys Nation, there is still two weeks plus until camp opens; apparently that’s plenty of time to get into more trouble. As the kids say, SMH.
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