Originally posted by SportsFan:
We don't know the whole story. I want Aldon to do what Aldon thinks is best for him.
We can't just automatically assume he is an alcoholic. Does he have some sort of alcohol issue? Of course. But to what extent we don't know. Drinking in and of itself and getting hammered is not a big deal. Hell most of us do that every weekend. Unless he is getting hammered all the time. The main issue is his choice to drive.
Agreed. There are many types of substance "abuse." "Dependency" is the label used to decribe a physical addiction...when stopped, the body goes through withdrawls, etc. What Aldon most likely is is an abuser. When he DOES drink, he can't stop. Boone was the same way and bads things happen once that line is crossed and that line gets shorter and shorter each time. There are highly functioning abusers...those who can maintain the abuse while still holding down a job and being responsible. But usually massive other areas are affected by this abuse (personal relationships, families, hurting the team, etc.) as a result of the concentration in that one area.
The point here is that it's going to take some time to determine what level Aldon is at coupled with other mental health issues and then properly treat him. He has been VERY VERY lucky thus far but now it's hurt his team, his relationships with his teammates and the FO; and esp. his reputation within the NFL and the fan base. This will be very difficult to overcome and treat properly; to teach him the skills to properly deal with the media and fan base b/c he IS a spotlighted athlete and he is going to hear every question from now on, about his rehab...NOT football.
Props to the FO for doing the right thing here. This can not be understated. Taking care of their own is a staple of past ownership and Jed seems to be following in these same footsteps.
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 24, 2013 at 8:15 AM ]