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Wednesday Open Thread: April 7, 2021

Okay, so that wasn’t a smart choice

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

So, that’s why you don’t want to have significant news regarding your team during the slow news season. When you do, the news is usually bad, and it usually involves an arrest, charges, and things of that nature. I try not to judge anyone, and I certainly try not to judge anyone before they’ve had their day in court, or until we’ve gotten sufficient information, and I’ll hold true to that here, BUT if the details that have been released are true, then dude needs to get help. Everyone gets angry, and domestic issues can become heated, but if your rage causes you to do anything anywhere near what is in the details that we’ve heard, then you have some serious issues you have to work on. When I first heard the story, the first thing that popped into my mind was Chris Cook. You remember that? If my memory is correct, and the chances of that are slim, there are quite a few parallels between this case and Cook’s. Not that it matters, but they are similar.

I don’t know whether this will end Gladney’s time in purple. On one hand, you have last year’s first round pick coming off of a good rookie season in a position group where you are thin, and on the other hand, you have someone who may have just committed an ugly offense. I would imagine that decision will be made based on how the young man handles himself when he discusses this with the coach and team, and how he handles the situation over the following several weeks. If he appears to be contrite, and maybe even a bit scared about what he’s done, and takes steps to get whatever help he needs to avoid a repeat performance, I could see him staying.

This story also leads to another topic of discussion. Does it bother anyone that someone’s arrest details are made public before the person goes through due process? I’m sure there are opinions all over the board on this one, and Ithis isn’t limited to athletes. Many arrest details of everyday people are published immediately (although athletes’ cases get blasted to the public much more loudly than Joe Q. Public’s arrest). So, do you think these details should be made public, or should that happen after the person is found guilty, or somewhere in between? My opinion is that none of it should be made public until the person is found guilty.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris told us about Jeff Gladney being arrested for felony family violence assault, along with some of the ugly details from reports that have been released.

Other Vikings/NFL news and random oddities and annoyances:

From, the Jets’ GM said “it’s a fair assessment” that the Jets will target a QB with their first round selection, the second overall pick in the upcoming draft. Hey, thanks, Captain Obvious! It really isn’t his fault, though. This one is on the reporter who asked the dumb question. The Jets just traded their starting quarterback, did this reporter really think that the Jets were going to roll with.......quick Google search....... James Morgan or Mike White? Goofball.

In a somewhat-related story from the Sporting News, Sam Darnold threw a party after being traded away from the Jets. You can’t really blame him, can you?

This one from FoxSports made me smile, they ask “How much longer will the Packers stick with Aaron Rodgers over Jordan Love?” Get rid of a surefire first ballot hall of famer in order to go with an unknown? If it’s the Packers, I’m all for the move.

We come to today’s media selection:

Need to get the blood pumpin’ a little? Here’s some Slayer. Enjoy!

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion-
-No feeding of the trolls
-Take the gender hatred elsewhere, it won’t be tolerated
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-If discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags
-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on, don’t forget to tip the cows, and settle in, it’s starting to get exciting, although it’s been temporarily interuppted by some ugliness.