There is no doubt the Dallas Cowboys are celebrating today. With cornerback Kelvin Jospeh now cleared of charges, it means one of the team’s most skilled young players has evaded jail time. Giving the team one of their most promising talents for this season and beyond.
However, this saga is just another reminder of the black eye the front office is putting on themselves. Taking chances on players with off the field issues.
This isn’t the first instance of Kelvin Joseph making questionable/dumb decisions away from the game. Having violated team rules in his first and only season with LSU in 2019. Despite only playing one season with the Tigers and another with the Kentucky Wildcats for a total of 15 games, he showed enough promise to warrant the 44th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
This has been a recent, eye-opening theme for the Dallas Cowboys in bringing in players. The team caught fire for signing Greg Hardy in 2015 following his domestic violence charges. Since then, the only chances taken were related to drugs or character concerns.
With the 2021 NFL Draft, we have seen a large influx of players drafted with off-field concerns including Joseph. Some worse than others:
In fairness, all of these players are in their second or first seasons. Still with plenty of time. Parsons being the prime example of a player who has seemingly been able to mature and show contrition. As opposed to someone like Josh Ball, who has yet to do either.
It’s a concerning trend, especially with the off-field issues facing people within the front office. Are the Dallas Cowboys headed to an place where they disregard serious issues from prospects? Will this affect the team on the field, and in the locker room?
In Joseph’s case, the hope is this ordeal has been an eye-opening shock to the system. He and all these players still have chances to change how they’re viewed. Clearly, the front office is betting on it, as they continue to do so.
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