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Washington’s off-field situation

Posted by Darren Urban on May 2, 2013 – 8:46 am

The news came out this morning that linebacker Daryl Washington is being investigated in a domestic dispute from Wednesday night. It’s very early in the process — no arrests have been made — and until/unless something else happens, it’s tough to know exactly what direction this will take. In 2010, linebacker Joey Porter was arrested right after he signed with the Cardinals, and that ended up going no further because there wasn’t a case.

“These are serious accusations that we are closely monitoring,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process, we will decline any further comment at this point.”

Washington was just suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. More legal issues could further impact Washington’s playing time, but again, it is way too early to know if that’s how it is going to play out.


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59 Responses to “Washington’s off-field situation”

  1. By Kurt on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Daryl Washington seems to be casting a very dark cloud on the new season and regime. Let’s hope this isn’t true.

  2. By wayne on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    I really do hope it’s not true because one incident is enough and even though I don’t know him as a person us Cardinals fant and the entire NFL know who he is as a player and he has his bright
    future ahead of him with multiple pro bowls. Please let this be a mistake.

  3. By Chuck 1 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Innocent until proven guilty.

  4. By SteveG on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Crap.

  5. By D on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Well, I would make sure Alexander can play both outside and inside and keep R. Walker on the team to go with Minter and Brinkley in case this turns out to be he is suspended the entire year. Hopefully not, but he does have a past,more than just the substance abuse issue.

  6. By Chuck 1 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe Keim should have traded Sherman for an ILB. :)

  7. By Mike T on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    What a buzz kill!

  8. By DontTakeLosses on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Dang. I like DWash, a lot. Who can’t like his play and energy on the field?? May be our best player.

    BUT, where there is smoke there is often fire. That’s why we have smoke detectors. This kid got the big $$ and has had troubles. Is why The Bids have been careful to not too early reward their players. Character matters. Got my lowest “thumbs” when I said consider moving him a month or so ago, b4 the draft. Understand, nobody likes a boo Bird;). I am very positive on Cards, really like this young man… but we’ll see.

    Btw, the drug test he failed wasn’t the first time, had failed multiple tests. He got 2nd and 3rd chances. Personally I’ll say a prayer for him. Best I can do, but expecting the worst as I pray for the best. Brace yourself.

    Was his situation why we drafted an ILB so high (notice not an outside LB), Minter, on top of Jasper? Maybe…

    May make them slow walk PP’s extension? Lots of repercussions.

  9. By azfaninwa on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    He just comes across as a soft spoken nice person in interviews. Thoughtful and polite. The substance abuse is stupid but not nearly the indictment on character that this would be if it turns out to be true. If it is I hope he gets help. He has so much talent, but there are more important things in life.

  10. By cardsfan89 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,
    Can you give us any more background info on him ? Any other incidents since he got off probation? Has he been a model citizen as far attitude, attendance for voluntary workouts, etc. ? It will be interesting to see how this all works out. With the talk of Tyrann having mentors around to help him, the thoughts of accountability partners and other plans come to mind for players in general these days. When Josh Hamilton came back with the Texas Rangers they had one hired just for him. Washington is too valuable to let go, and he is too valuable as a human being to not try and help.

  11. By carlo milano on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    So disappointed,he is my favourite player.he gave me impression to be a good guy and responsible person.i dont think the contract he signed last year could affect him in this bad way..darren u had opportunity to know daryll.are u surprised too about last 2 events

  12. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    cardsfan89, Carlo —

    RE: Washington

    Honestly, I just want to see it play out some more. I just saw a report that the girlfriend was once booked for attacking a boyfriend a few years back. Let’s see what happens in the next few days.

    I know DWash has been here working out and from my end, I never would have suspected any of this, and that includes the suspension problems. But I am not around him a ton.

  13. By carlo milano on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Darren
    Why okefor is listed as DE and not OLB?

  14. By Dan on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Well if he did do it, he should be given his walking papers. This is just happening way to often now in the NFL. Got money and they think they can do anything. If she is lying she needs to go to jail as far as I am concerned. They need a strike rule here. If I did what some pros have done I would have been arrested right away. Swinging an elbow to the jaw is assault and lands me in jail, it just gets them a game suspension. Time to cowboy up and be men.

  15. By Tucson Card on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    With the exception of Darren, you should always read the news with a skeptical eye. The writers of the stories often have misinformation, partial information, agendas, or a lack of context. That being said, this isn’t looking like god news.

  16. By Rico Suave on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    INNOCENT!!!!…..of course the female is gonna do whatever she can to get money from him and get him introuble, i stand behind our #58 the whole way.

  17. By Dynosoar on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I’d love to be hired as a “mentor/accoutability partner.” To be paid to be at the facility on a regular basis, that’d be awesome. It’d be even more awesome to have a positive impact on an impact player(s).

    I’m hoping this comes out as an unfounded accusation. Good thing he’s not a teacher or just the accusation would ruin his career.

    I’ve watched DWash since his TCU days and look forward to this being an accusation only and not factual so i can watch him for a long, long time.

    If this is true, counseling and improvement of character. If untrue, find a new girlfriend.

  18. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Okafor

    Fixed.

  19. By Brad O'Neill on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    innocent until it becomes a pattern, we have a pattern of damn stupid behavior. its nice that he can play ball, it sucks that he is a bad human. the leash needs to get real tight right now. he is one of the best players on this team and his off field issues are only a factor if they lead to suspensions but he needs to show something positive in his life or all the good things are going to stop and stop in a hurry.

  20. By T. Stone on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Here we go. Cant put Fitz and Peterson on babysitting duties because they are busy watching a grown honey badger. Lets see, guess your on your own D. Wash, Grow up or kick rocks.

  21. By mark on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Just from watching interviews with Daryl Washington, I could never see him hurt someone. I know he is a beast on the field, but he seems like a kind hearted gentlemen off. I still wish we knew what drugs he was doing, and why he did it. I understand as a player and person you want to protect your reputation, but as a fan I want to know if your a good role model. Should I let my kids look up to you?

    Hopefully Washington is getting a reality check by all these situations. I hope he is man enough to come out and apologies and mean it. I feel like most players don’t mean sorry when they say it in this league, and I have faith Daryl is different. Either way this season is going to be exciting. Minter will have to step up fast!

  22. By T. Stone on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    The best message the organization can send if this is true is to cut this dude immediatly if he is charged. The honey badger and others would get the message Loud and Clear. The commish will come down on him hard anyway just for putting himself in this situation and embarrasing the shield of the NFL.

  23. By eric on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    not good at all…..DW,be smarter!

  24. By Dave Chaney on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Hate to hear the news about DWash. The substance abuse thing was bad enough and now another rock thrown at him. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all turns out. Hopefully he can deal with the situations and return as a potential super star in the NFL. All the fans like teammates are on his side and I know will support him 110%. The rest is up to him.

  25. By clssylssy on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    It seems this person who is making these inflammatory allegations has a history with the police of herself assaulting a boyfriend, so, one has to wonder if this is an instance where a celebrity was targeted by someone looking for a big payday and their 15 minutes. The fact that no charges were pressed makes this looks alll the more like a shakedown and that the police have their doubts about the accusers credibility. What happened to “presumed innocent until proven guilty”?

  26. By Bill L on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Hmmm, All this Atmosphere, Mentoring, Leadership, etc. that is supposed to save Tyrann from himself………..must have failed Washington……..TWICE????

  27. By wayne on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Dave Chaney
    You are right about us fans supporting him now but if it comes out that he did assault a girlfriend and not in self-defense, would you still support him ? Most fans including myself will not and either would his teammates but till the whole story comes out he is still one of my favorite players and I hope this accusation is just BS

  28. By JosEPh on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    By Bill L on May 2, 2013 | Reply
    Hmmm, All this Atmosphere, Mentoring, Leadership, etc. that is supposed to save Tyrann from himself………..must have failed Washington……..TWICE????

    Don’t think the current Coaching staff had much to do with D Wash’s mentoring, leadership. etc., and failed tests, now did they? That falls on the former staff. Point your finger to the right place and ppl please. Slinging mud gets the slinger dirty too.

    D. Wash is digging a hole for himself for sure, just Hope he doesn’t pull the dirt in on top of himself.

  29. By Chuck 1 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    By Dan on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    “Well if he did do it, he should be given his walking papers.”…….

    My comment: I agree, Dan. If guilty, show him the door.

    But, as others have written, the accuser has a history of her own.

  30. By red bird of death! on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Man, that dudes got to bring it in and chill, feel bad he’s already got a 4 game suspension …….now more bs, come on hands down one of the best guys we have had here in a while. I hope things clear up fast for this guy and he has another stellar season.

  31. By Rio on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Daryl Washington, great player, i like him a lot for our team.

    My wife ask me if he was a White player, she is not such a big football fan, but i

    got to thinking in my 73 years in life, i have never heard of a white man with the

    last name of Washington since George Washington.

    Maybe some one else has i would like to know.

  32. By drummer-1 on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    @ Rio

    Did you ask your wife, what does his skin tone have to do with anything?

  33. By cards4sb on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Come on Rio? Really? Noone needs that!!

  34. By Credit Card on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Can you say Bill Romankowski?

  35. By Patrick on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Who specifically is “the Cardinals”. I know it is the Cardinals organization, but just seems the quote would have been a person speaking on behalf of the organization.

  36. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: statement

    It is a statement released through the media relations department.

  37. By DontTakeLosses on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty. But that is a legal refrain. Even sounds like a set up too, but who knows?

    This has implications, even assuming no charges are filed. He is demonstrating poor judgment, even if not poor character … we’ll see. Why place yourself in harm’s way like this? This is a rich, good looking dude. If you are involved with someone who is so volatile that they would call 911 as a tactic, there was also enough feedback and warnings earlier in the relationship to recognize she was “trouble”.

    We all make mistakes, I’ve made this same one. Many of us have. But not to the point where she called the cops. Some people just know how to push your buttons and manipulate you. So, he now has an established pattern of consequential mistakes. And it appears he is not learning from them … that’s the red flag.

    Number one rule in life and business, “stay out of harm;s way”. Maybe he has learned enough to now recognize and deal with issues before they become “incidents”. We shall see, no?

  38. By ored on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    let it play out,we’re fans not judge or jury.

  39. By clssylssy on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think Daryl W. is the first high profile Cardinal player to have domestic issues. Interesting how it seems Washington is being targeted; perhaps he needs to seek the advice of some of his teammates As for his current suspension, there has been much speculation about those charges also with the league and the organization dodging the details but saying that it was not due to drug issues as first reported. Fans need to remember that players are human but living their lives in a gold fish bowl and there are a lot of people with self-serving agendas so it’s best not to believe what you hear and then question seriously what you see as appearances can be deceiving. I have always believed that the NFL and individual teams should have a mentor/buddy program beyond the rookie orientation. Players have to deal with a whole different level of problems and issues brought about by their celebrity, and it is better to invest a little in giving them a hand up rather than to throw them away.

  40. By BluePitt on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Weed AKA Marryjowana has a strange way of calming most users! What happppens when you stop smoking? Well ask DWash!!!! lol Ive seen it a million times, calm mello then the bud AKA Weed dries up, and the rage comes out!

  41. By cardsalltheway on May 2, 2013 | Reply

    ” I just saw a report that the girlfriend was once booked for attacking a boyfriend a few years back.”

    Really, is that all they could come up with? “Booked” does not mean she was guilty!

    NFL players often get treated differently than the normal citizen because they are “special.” Things are sometimes kept on the down low, they have connections, and know people in higher places. If all this really happened anything and everything will be done to make it go away.

    The woman is not a public figure and probably doesn’t want to or can’t easily come out and defend reports like “was once booked.”

  42. By Patrick Eagan on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    i really hope this guy starts staying out of trouble. kinda makes me upset. sign Karlos Dansby while we still can.

  43. By Mike Ellingboe on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    @cardsalltheway,

    “NFL players often get treated differently than the normal citizen because they are “special.” Things are sometimes kept on the down low, they have connections, and know people in higher places. If all this really happened anything and everything will be done to make it go away.”

    Run that theory by Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, Rae Carruth, Michael Bennett, Lawrence Phillips, Art Schlichter, Alonzo Spellman, so on and so forth.

    “Really, is that all they could come up with? “Booked” does not mean she was guilty”

    Neither does being accused.

  44. By Cert 33 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    As I write this entry, Washington has been arrested and booked for two assault counts. At this point in time, he is probably the best player on the Cardinals. I hope the Cardinals brain trust considers this incident before giving Mathieu any “guaranteed $$$”. It will be interesting to see how this plays with the Keim/Arians combo as the Graves/Whiz combo had a “zero tolerance” policy for “problem children” and believed strongly in the “character counts” creed. That was one of the few things I respected about Whiz in the last couple of years. I strongly believe in a “two strikes and you are OUT” substance abuse policy, sorry but there are hundreds of clean living kids out there that want your job. Making millions of dollars playing football is a privlege, not a right! (Sorry players union)

  45. By Eazy E on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Folks, let it play out…

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