Earlier this morning, the Colts elected to release recently arrested safety John Boyett. A quick note to anyone who occasionally has a few too many: If you represent your employer in any way, you may be risking you job. Also, do not threaten police officers. They frown upon that. That bit of tongue in cheek business aside; this is certainly an unfortunate situation for both sides.
According to Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star, aside from breaking out the now infamous “You can’t arrest me…I’m a Colts player,” Boyett also told an officer, “I am going to come back and break your jaw.”
Naturally, invoking some kind of arrest immunity based on being a Colts player, as well as threatening a law enforcement officer (and the police have their hands full with, um, partiers on South Meridian Street as it is), earned Boyett a much different treatment than fellow safety Joe Lefeged, who remains on the team.
The Colts official announcement was brief and avoided focusing on the negative:
The Indianapolis Colts today waived safety John Boyett from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Boyett was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At Oregon, he appeared in 40 games (35 starts) over his career and totaled 278 tackles (182 solo), 30 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and a half of a sack.
So much for “The Buzz Saw,” as Chuck Pagano once called him. He was a player who held considerable potential, but was drafted late because of his injuries. Quite admirably, the Colts like giving second chances – even to players without as much promise as Boyett, but it appears he has shown us all exactly where the team draws the line.
I guess the Colts figured they had no other choice for PR purposes... and the quality of the player involved.
But even in my old age, I can not forget how stupid I could be when I was 23 years old. Boyett was out, probably celebrating having full filled his dream of making an NFL team... and this happens. Obviously I was not there, but given that he was not driving, it seems to me that this could have been handled much better. (On both sides.)
Colts cut players who are drunk and threaten the police---wonder what the police do, to a drunk cop who Kills a biker, while on duty====Hmmmmmmmmm I am just curious.
First of all I believe he deserved to be fired for the reason exposed before me. As a fan I do regret he didn't pan out as a player for the Colts. I was impressed by that video of him playing for Oregon. I think he must have been depressed from the perspective of being away from football for such a long time.
The Colts can not have a player threaten local law enforcement then expect the police and the city to bend over backwards to support them in the manner that they consistently do. It was the only possible decision. This weekend had to be a tough for a lot of players as they see their NFL dreams slip away. It has to be lonely being away from home when it happens. Boyett was unlikely to see the field this year in any case. Two years and no football for somebody with once such a promising future has to be devastating. But to act out in a manner that only pisses off local fans that only wished him the very best is really disappointing.
Still we forget sometimes what we were like at 22-23.
Good. That message is needed.
Contrary to popular perception, even the Dungy teams had their issues. Anyone recall John Gill being found dead drunk and asleep in a ditch at Lafayette Rd? Big Ed Johnson's love of the weed? Nick Harper getting stabbed by his wife? Let's also recall that Dom Rhodes got arrested for drunk driving.
But that said, the *perception* is that the Polian/Dungy administration eschewed the characters that Grigson/Pagano are allowing. That may be unfair, but it's how some are viewing it. And the way to nip that perception in the bud is to do exactly what they did: Fire a guy abusing the privilege of being on the Colts player roster. I don't care if you're the quarterback, coach, or President/CEO, you do NOT use your position on the team to try and gain favorable treatment from police officers responding to a situation involving you. Shame on Boyett for doing that. And for such a small potatoes issue too.
This was necessary. Kudos to the team for not shying away from it.
@thellamajockey I used to say some stupid things at that age. I don't think I would've ever threatened a cop, though...nor would I have been hanging around puke-soaked Tiki Bob's at 2 in the morning (not much of a dance club type).
@AJ_ It didn't happen in bunches like this. I'm hoping things will go back to a normal once per year or two pace. If we keep having one or two a month, we'll be the new Bengals. That cannot be allowed.
Also, Nick Harper's wife may have cost us a playoff game. Rothlisbaconcheesburger should never have been able to chase Harper down after Brackett forced what looked like the fumble of destiny. Still, you wonder what kind of fight they were in that made her think, "I'd better go ahead and stab him."
@MarcusDugan @thellamajockey Never been a much of a drinker myself, but done just enough to be aware of alcohol's ability to make oneself a fool. Mixing alcohol with the sinking reality that you are likely no longer going to be the promising pro athlete that family, friends and coaches have been telling you to be your future is not a good combination.
I hope I am wrong, and Boyett still has pro future, but odds are pretty slim now.
Grigson and Pagano it seems to me have already shown that they are willing to use mid and later round picks on "Dented Tomato Cans" that most other GM/Head Coaches would avoid on principle.
Picking players coming out of college with known injury issues may pay off for the Colts big time, as in the case of Josh Chapman, Hugh Thorton and Khalid Holmes when it means picking an otherwise first or second rounder using later pick But the odds overwhelming mean that other players like Boyett will simply crack under the pressure of trying to make an NFL team as a rookie while far home and simultaniously overcoming serious injuries and struggling with rehabilitation.
@MarcusDugan @AJ_ Marcus, Don't, Don't, DON'T remind us about Nick Harper's night-before knife escapades. I am still bitter. And have NEVER laughed about that play... until I read your final line. Personally, I always thought it was more of a "Hell, woman, you're thirty feet away. You'll never hit me, so see if I care--go ahead and throw it. (followed by inaudible mumbling) Even if you hit me square in the leg I'll still be able to outrun a lumbering lummox like Roethlisberger, right?"