Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Take your pick: Harrison, Ward or Pacman?
By James Walker
It's been a wild week for controversies in the AFC North Division.
The trio of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, receiver Hines Ward and Cincinnati Bengals corner Adam Jones all caused media firestorms in different ways. Harrison made disparaging comments toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and ripped his teammates, while Ward and Jones were arrested and charged with driving under the influence and disorderly conduct, respectively.
But in our latest "Take Your Pick," we ask which player caused the biggest controversy this week: Harrison, Ward or Jones?
Did Harrison cause the biggest stir? He released the verbal barrage of the year, bashing everyone in sight. His victims included Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Rashard Mendenhall as well as the New England Patriots. He also used very controversial words to describe Goodell.
What about Ward? After not being arrested his entire 14-year career, the two-time Super Bowl champion was charged with DUI. A spokesman for Ward denied the charges. But the Atlanta police department responded by releasing more details of the arrest, which certainly will catch the attention of the NFL once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Or was it Jones, who was jailed this past weekend for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest? Jones has been in trouble since coming to the NFL and could face a permanent suspension if found guilty. Jones, who says he was wrongfully arrested, also could face probation issues from his previous case in Nevada.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which AFC North player had the biggest controversy this week. You also can share your thoughts in the comments section below and our division inbox.