It would be easy to spend this morning beating down the NFL once again for allowing Ray McDonald back into the league after yet another domestic violence allegation. Yet there they were in the off season, in the form of the Chicago Bears, signing this clearly troubled man to a contract because once again talent was greater than morality.
After yesterday’s arrest and charge of McDonald for alleged domestic violence for the 5th time, the Bears immediately cut him. What is troublesome in all of this was that when Chicago signed him earlier this off season, the Bears said they went through great diligence and investigation before doing so.
Between GM Ryan Pace and owner George McKaskey, after the situation had been thoroughly discussed and both men were exhausted by the process, they chose as a team to sign McDonald.
That should have been their first sign of trouble, yet they chose to ignore it.
You shouldn’t have to go through that kind of research and diligence and be exhausted by it, you should be satisfied by your work and be able to make a sound decision. The inability by the Bears, their new GM Pace and their long-time owner McKaskey, to differentiate right from wrong in this signing is startling.
Everybody else saw the red flags, why didn’t they? The answer is simple, the Bears chose not to accept the red flags and chose to take the baggage on, regardless of how morally repugnant that it was, and sent out a message to all who follow the Bears and choose to support them that this is their line in the sand.
Chicago chose winning at all costs, whatever the consequences, and yesterday, while the short sighted out there will applaud the Bears for doing the right thing and releasing this man. The rest of us ask the question as to why he was signed in the first place.
Here is hoping that this latest incident sharpens the resolve of other teams to avoid making these same mistakes. I doubt it though…morality isn’t worth a whole lot these days in the National Football League.