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The door, hitting him on the way out

You've gotta hand it to the Indianapolis Colts. They love all deliberate speed when it comes to legal matters.

And so here's rookie safety John Boyett -- or rather, here was rookie safety John Boyett. A day after he was arrested on Labor Day for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest, the Colts released him.

Part of me thinks this was a bit harsh; everyone screws up eventually, and if it's a first offense, the individual involved should get a chance to redeem himself. We are, after all, a nation built on the concept of second chances.

On the other hand, I understand why the Colts moved so quickly. Or perhaps you weren't paying attention to all the mayhem that went on in the NFL offseason.

So, off with his head. And it's a fair point to make that if more teams had as little tolerance for off-the-field issues as the Colts, perhaps there wouldn't be as many off-the-field issues.

On the further other hand, knuckleheads be knuckleheads, as they say. According the police report, when the cops finally subdued Boyett, here's what he said: "You can't arrest me. I'm Colts player."

Yeaaahh. That always works.

Ben Smith's blog.

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