Lions president Tom Lewand was arrested Friday night and charged with DUI, and Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp writes that, if Lewand is found guilty, he needs to face the same action as players caught in the same situation.
My take: Lewand should be punished and punished severely. Players get DUIs, and to some extent, people yawn. Let’s face it, players are – by and large – young and rich, and young people with plenty of change in their pocket commit stupid acts (the same is true for young and poor people, it should be noted). But when you have a top team executive who’s committing stupid acts that can kill innocent people, it’s just a little bit different.
“I am deeply sorry for my actions and take full responsibility for them,” Lewand said in a statement. “As a person in active recovery, I am committed to taking all the necessary steps to insure nothing like this ever happens again.”
Owner William Clay Ford also released a statement: "Tom made a very serious mistake and he appropriately owned up to that mistake. As he continues to seek professional assistance for this problem, the Lions will support and help him in any way possible. I continue to have full confidence that Tom will positively lead our organization as he has since assuming his current role of team president. He has all my support."
That’s fine. I’m not saying Lewand should lose his job. I don’t think he should. And I truly hope he gets the help he needs and comes out a better person. But he deserves to be punished for his actions, the same as any player in the NFL. I imagine commissioner Roger Goodell will see to that.
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