Colts did right thing in releasing Boyett

September, 3, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts had to release safety John Boyett. They had no choice after the rookie out of Oregon put them in the corner by being arrested early Monday morning for getting sloppy drunk and then resisting law enforcing officers.

Where’s Peyton Manning when you need him to pull out the “liquored up” line?

Keeping Boyett would have said more about the Colts than Boyett, who already looks foolish for the whole incident.

The Colts would have opened the door for others on the team to go out, get drunk, get arrested and then act like nothing happened the next day if they had kept Boyett.

The team followed protocol by not just assuming things once it found out Boyett was arrested. The front office got further information then made the right call.

They had every right to release Boyett after he had the audacity to tell the police that he couldn’t be arrested because he’s “a Colts player.”

Boyett embarrassed the Colts when he made that comment.

He’s not a first-round pick. He wasn’t even picked in the second or third round. He’s a sixth-round pick who was on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Not that athletes or any other prominent figure should use their status to help them get out of trouble, but saying he played for the Colts is the last thing that should have come out of Boyett’s mouth.

Now he only has himself to blame for no longer being in the league.

For as much that was made out of the off-the-court problems the Indiana Pacers dealt with in the years following the infamous brawl in Detroit, the Colts have also had their fair share of off-the-field problems. But their mistakes were overshadowed by Manning constantly leading them to the playoffs and to two Super Bowl appearances.

The Indianapolis Star ran a photo gallery on its website listing the 16 Colts players who’ve had run-ins with the law while on the roster since 1999. Six of those arrests are between January 2010 and early Monday morning. What also can’t be forgotten is that receiver LaVon Brazill is suspended the first four games of this season after he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the second time. The Colts released tight end Weslye Saunders in July after the league suspended him for eight games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The one thing that doesn’t make sense with the Colts is why they didn't release safety Joe Lefeged or Brazill. Lefeged was arrested on gun-related charges stemming from a traffic stop in June and Brazill is serving his second suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson have to start somewhere, though. Boyett just happens to be that player.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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