For those of you who don't know, Steelers receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of littering and were each fined $300. BTSC is a PG site, so if you want all the sordid details, you can click on the link provided.
Sanders should have known better than anyone. He was a spokesman for an anti-littering campaign, and because of his heinous actions, he was removed from his post.
With all the off the field incidents the Steelers have had to deal with from their players in recent years, a littering scandal was the last thing the team needed right now. If you ask me, I think the front office should have done their homework a little better before taking a chance on these two degenerates in the draft.
There were some very important questions that should have been asked in the pre-draft process, but the organization was obviously blinded by the raw talent that each of these young men possessed. However, if the Steelers would have been a little more thorough in their background checks of these guys, they might have seen this coming. I mean, you don't just get up one day and decide to litter. You either have that in your character, or you don't.
I'm sure the signs were there all along, and a little more digging by Mike Tomlin and Co. may have saved the franchise from this latest public relations nightmare.
I used to be proud to be a Steelers fan, but because of this littering issue, I'm ashamed to admit my allegiance out in public for fear of being scorned. How am I going to explain this to my kids if I ever have any?
Some questions that should have been asked in the pre-draft interview process:
Did either one of them ever re-gift a present that was given to them?
Did Brown ever break up with a girl via text message or email?
Did Sanders ever use the fact that he was a division one college football player as a way to score with women? And if so, did he ever show a girl a Youtube clip of Barry Sanders greatest runs and try to convince her that it was really him?
Did Brown ever buy a girl flowers from a supermarket?
Did Sanders ever buy a girlfriend a card five minutes before he saw her? And did he fill out the card while waiting at a red light?
Did either one of them ever buy a ticket to see one movie and then sneak into another movie that was already sold out?
How many times has Brown watched a movie starring Hugh Jackman? Any answer above "zero" would have demonstrated very poor character, and would have certainly been a huge red flag for the front office.
Did Sanders ever make the people behind him in-line at the check out wait while he fished for the exact change?
Did Brown ever send his food back at a restaurant and then complain to the manager and say something like, "I mean, it's a hamburger. How hard could it be to make?"
Is either one capable of performing really bad pre-game dance routines? I think this certainly answers that question. Oh, the humanity!
Did either of them ever attend really crazy parties in college?
Did Sanders ever show up to a party with only a six-pack of the crappiest beer he could find? Cheap son of a b........at least bring a bag of ice.
Did Brown ever accept the invitation to go ahead and eat the last piece of pizza, even though everyone knows that when your friends say that you can have the last slice, they're really hoping that you let them have it instead? Entitled punk!
These are just some of the questions I would have asked these two young men if I was seriously thinking about having them play for my organization.
These guys better clean up their acts really fast, or their careers will be in the trash.