Now I don’t blame the Chicago Bears for this one. They have a responsibility pertaining to the actions of their players but the Bears are in no way to be held accountable for the actions of players outside of the game. A player could be doing anything when he goes back from the training field and there is absolutely no way the teams can keep them under observation.
The public doesn’t understand this does it. They will point out the fact that players should have been made to attend seminars regarding such actions and educated about the possible repercussions of their actions. Even if people have no logic to give whatsoever they will make something up and if nothing can be made up, they will simply argue that the Bears are responsible for the actions of their players, period.
There is nothing you can do against such arguments other than only staring at them wide-eyed. There is no way that the Bears are going to be punished because the drug negotiations did not take place in the premises of the Bears nor were any members of the Bears staff involved in it. Chicago Bears won’t face any federal charges so if the police think that the franchise had nothing to do with it, why can’t the general public?
So what now? There have been widespread calls for the Bears to release the player and disassociate themselves from him. It’s hard not to agree with such people. If the Bears want to save their reputation from further damage, they should immediately cancel his contract because the opportunity cost of not releasing him is far greater than the cost they are going to suffer if the Bears end their relationship with this player.
For all we know, the people might be wondering if more of the Bears staff or players are involved in such activities. I don’t think anyone else is; who would have thought that Hurd was involved in such activities either. But if the Bears want to convey to the world their firm stance on the issue then they need to release this player immediately because he, at this time, has the potential to become the biggest liability for the team.
It would be a solid statement of intent from the franchise and it would also enhance their image as a team firmly against drugs. Besides, Hurd was not much of a special player and it shouldn’t be too difficult to get rid of him. It’s not like he was a star player or something. He was just one of the many at the club.
Will the Bears do it? It remains to be seen. Because they might stick with him and help him through his problems and gain some respect back. But I think a lot is at stake here and the backroom staff has some major decisions to make now.