bostonherald.com reports that the “gun shy” New England Patriots have dropped former Duke defensive tackle John Drew from training camp and cancelled his contract. Pigskin pundits reckon the Pats were put off by Drew’s firearms-related past. In 2010, Durham cops arrested Drew and two teammates for firing a gun into the air on campus. The Blue Devils turfed all three players. Drew plead out—most likely losing his legal right to keep and bear arms for the rest of his life—and finished his college career at North Carolina Central. While the press points to the Pats’ problems with suspected murderer Aaron Hernandez and play the connect-the-dots with Drew’s criminal record, it’s far more likely . . .
Coach Bill Belichick’s boyz didn’t think Drew could get it done. I suspect that Belichick will say so at today’s 2pm (EST) press conference, then make some kind of statement about the Pat’s desire to field a team filled with players as pure as driven snow. Subject to their ability to win.
The “Drew’s gun crimes come back to haunt him” thing makes a better story though—especially if you’re Bob Costas.