Is nice as it would have been to see Travis Jonsen make amends for his mistakes while on the Buccaneers, he isn’t going to get that chance.
The NFL is changing in many ways on how it handles player punishment. Ever since the Henry Ruggs incident months ago, the league as a whole has looked on DUIs in a new light, and this brings the spotlight to Buccaneers wide receiver Travis Jonsen.
Jonsen was arrested for driving under the influence yesterday in the morning, and it didn’t take that much clairvoyance to know where this was going.
Todd Bowles announced today that Jonsen is off the team, not that this should come as a surprise.
A DUI is a tough crime to simply wave off. Sure, no one was injured or killed in this situation, but the ‘what ifs’ are too much to overlook in the modern NFL.
Players have access to too many other modes of transportation and have help if they need it 24/7. Making this choice to put his own life at risk as well as the lives of others is going to end Jonsen’s opportunity with the Bucs.
While this transgression is probably not bad enough to keep Jonsen out of the league forever, it’s not like there were a ton of teams milling about to take him when he was cut. Practice squad players are toeing a fine line as they try to make active rosters, and decisions like this make it even harder for teams to give guys opportunities.
Hopefully Jonsen can get the help he needs and get past this mistake, but the opportunity to right his wrong is not going to come in Tampa with the Buccaneers. Todd Bowles is running a tight ship, and that is the only way to look at the situation.
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