Or maybe Un-Lucky Whitehead.
Lucky Whitehead has had one hell of a July. On the 16th, he announced via Instagram that his dog, Blitz, had been stolen and was being held for ransom. Apparently, a friend broke into his house while he was out of town, and stole the dog. Blitz was then sold to Dallas-based rapper, Boogotti Kasino. Kasino posted on social media that he bought the dog for $20,000 and wanted the same amount back for the dog’s return to its rightful owner.
Blitz and Lucky Whitehead were reunited two days later. Lucky said he didn’t agree to the initial demand, but did pay an undisclosed sum after learning the dog was okay.
And then shit got even weirder.
Less than a week later, on July 21st, it became public that a warrant was out for Lucky Whitehead’s arrest after failing to appear for an arraignment on charges of petty larceny. The crime – theft from a convenience store – apparently took place early in the morning of June 22nd in Prince William County, VA. Just hours after the story broke, the Dallas Cowboys released Whitehead despite his adamant claims that he was innocent. The team – head coach Jason Garrett in particular – expressed frank distrust of him, stating that the decision to cut him was made in the best interests of the team.
Lucky Whitehead was exonerated by the police on July 25th. His claims of mistaken identity were verified.
But here’s the thing no one’s really talking about.
Per Police Sgt. Jonathan L. Perok of Prince William County, the man they arrested wasn’t carrying identification. But, the suspect verbally provided Lucky’s name, date of birth and social security number. When information becomes that specific, it suddenly stops being an unhappy accident or coincidence. If someone is giving your name, birthday and social security number to police after an arrest, they’ve probably got it out for you. And it was Lucky’s second bit of high-profile drama in as many weeks.
I don’t think the Dallas Cowboys are the villains people want them to be.
On the surface, it looked horrible for the Cowboys to distrust Whitehead, and immediately cut him from the team. Standing by it after he was exonerated looked worse. There’s even claims from various sources that the Cowboys tried to make an example of him. But holy hell, Lucky Whitehead has proven himself in a very short amount of time to be a lightning rod of terrible happenings and bad press. A single incident is an unfortunate occurrence, but two terrible things in a week is a trend. Lucky Whitehead clearly isn’t entirely on the straight and narrow, or at the very least he keeps poor company that threatens to create this sort of trouble again in the future. Jason Garrett’s statement, “We know a lot of things about our players that you guys don’t know,” could be interpreted as saying as much.
I am no fan of how the Dallas Cowboys are run as a team.
There’s an immediate response to want to villainize the team or the league each time something like this happens, but NFL teams are businesses. In this case, the team is also one with a lot of pressure on its shoulders. They’re a strong contender for the Playoffs. They’ve spent years trying to re-build the goodwill they enjoyed in the 2016-17 season. Drama keeps threatening to bring it crashing down. For example, there’s still no clear answer as to whether or not star Running Back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended, and can’t keep his damn nose clean. A situation where players continuously create or suffer problems in their personal lives becomes locker room poison. Concentration is broken when the media is constantly hounding press conferences, looking for sound bytes from coaches and players over the next big fiasco.
Lucky going to the Jets is the best thing for everyone.
Cowboys fans aren’t likely to agree, but I stand by it. Removing a player that was creating friction for the team is a smart move. Whitehead removing himself from the situation he’s in and the company he’s been keeping in Dallas is good for him. Distance from the troubles that have threatened his career is a good thing. Plus, he’ll be a star on an otherwise anemic Jets roster. Let’s just hope the New York lifestyle suits him and he’s learned a valuable lesson from all of this.
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