Observing the 12th Man: Punishment for Owen Schmitt?

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com thinks that Owen Schmitt should receive discipline equivalent to Donte Stallworth, whose drunk driving killed a man last March. Because Schmitt was in a position to “learn from Stallworth’s mistake,” Florio thinks that Schmitt should be suspended for the entire year.

Aaron Weinberg of Next Season Sports investigates how “Runaway Beer Truck” became Owen Schmitt’s nickname at West Virginia. It is ironic that the “Runaway Beer Truck” was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The blogger at Dave Krieg’s Strike Beard supports Owen Schmitt receiving severe punishment. I agree that Schmitt demonstrated very poor judgment and his actions were nothing short of stupid, but a first offense shouldn’t draw a punishment equivalent to a manslaughter charge, in my opinion.

Rob Staton of Rob Staton’s Seahawks Draft Blog has a cool video posted that features Aaron Curry talking sports cards at the rookie shoot for Topps TV. He also has a video available of Deon Butler, another Seahawks rookie.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawks Addicts put together a nice list of the top ten Seahawks players of the decade. At the top of the list: Walter Jones. I couldn’t agree more; Jones is arguably the greatest Seahawks player of all time.

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  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    frick florio, and amy wienberg. dave kreig said it right. yeah if he was driving drunk then you use the letter of the law on him to correct it. nothing more or nothing less. does florio or weinberg want the “book” thrown at them everytime they do something wrong. so what if the kid drinks? he just should’nt drive. that is his only crime here. so these jackasses need to get off there high horse and think about it. maybe they might if they were standing before a magistrate if they’d done something stupid. never ask any body to do time if you would’nt want to be served the same way…assholes.

  • wvufan5689

    Looking back over the last few years of bad behavior in the NFL ranks, it is unbelievable to me that there are so many people wanting to hang this kid after his first mistake! What is happening to our society that there is no room for a second chance and no forgiveness for one instance of bad judgment? A four-game suspension, at most, should be levied; any more would be severe and unreasonable for a first offense, in my opinion. If the behavior is repeated, then a more serious penalty should be paid. Owen deserves at least a chance to earn back the respect of teammates, coaches, and fans before he’s thrown to the wolves, don’t you think?

  • VAhokes

    WV hillbilly? have u seen his gf? http://www.facebook.com/jctawney

    thats no hillbilly. haha he got drunk and drove how many times have you driven after a few beers. id say now its time for him to settle down and get his shit together because he DID get caught but losing his spot on the team is out of the question. no one else did when they got the m. id say griffith was goin to take the starting spot anyway so now he can just wait longer for his chance