The message from coaches to players is constant and roughly the same: Don’t be that guy.
Don’t be that guy I get a phone call about. Don’t be that guy in the headlines. Don’t be that guy who prompts NFL fans to question your judgment and decision making.
Colts safety Joe Lefeged became that guy over the weekend.
Lefeged faces a charge of carrying a licensed pistol outside the home, a felony.
"This is a case involving a traffic stop, indicia of drug use, flight from police, recovery of an open container," prosecutor Ben Schrader told D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan.
Lefeged was in a car pulled over for speeding. Police found a semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle and paperwork that showed Lefeged bought it for $900.
When he was released from a D.C. jail on Tuesday, he spoke to Jennifer Donelan of the local ABC affiliate. (Hat tip to PFT.)
From the station’s story:
… [H]e told ABC7's Jennifer Donelan that he's sorry and that the case is drummed up.
“I would like to just apologize to the Colts community, apologize to my family for this even being brought up,” he said, adding, “I am not going to talk about the case right now until I talk to the Colts organization and have my lawyer with me.”
Considering the recent developments with Aaron Hernandez, one would expect every NFL player with a gun would take extra precautions to ensure he would not get in trouble with it.
Instead, Lefeged is that guy -- the guy facing potential indictment by a grand jury.
Undrafted out of Rutgers in 2011, Lefeged played in all 16 games and started the final four at strong safety in 2012. Since the season, the team signed LaRon Landry to replace Tom Zbikowski and drafted John Boyett in the sixth round.
Lefeged now probably ranks as the team’s fourth safety behind Antoine Bethea, Landry and Boyett heading into training camp.
It's hardly an indispensable spot if the Colts find this case and his behavior are something they don’t care to be associated with.