But when the player was a fan favorite in the south Florida area, it matters a little bit. When the player was thought to be a solid person on and off the field, it matters a little bit. When the player’s life has been in a downward spiral for a few months and we’ve seen all of his recent troubles publicly, it matters.
The Cleveland Browns today decided to waive troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.
Bess missed the final two games of the season for “personal reasons,” and in January was arrested for assaulting an officer during a breakdown at a Florida airport. If the man needed help before, he’s not about to get it now.
Bess has suffered two frightening incidents over the last 12 months. The first—for which he was hospitalized for substance-abuse treatment without his consent—was kept quiet by the Dolphins, and the Browns may not have been aware of it when they traded for him a month later and signed him to a deal with nearly $6 million guaranteed. Bess checked himself into treatment after the second incident.
Hopefully he can get things straightened out with his personal life and find his way back to the field if he so chooses.