In separate interviews yesterday, Michael Vick and Orenthal "O.J." Simpson called into question the maturity and decision making of newly acquired Bears QB Jay Cutler. Cutler's reputation has come under attack in recent months since demanding a trade from the Denver Broncos after problems arose between new coach Josh McDaniels and himself.
In a telephone interview yesterday from a Virginia half-way house, former Falcon QB and kennel operator Michael Vick expressed his disdain for Cutler's handling of the situation. "You gotta think. You're in the NFL now. You can't just be doin' whatever like there ain't nobody paying attention. You gotta be a leader and look out for your team, not just worry about yourself."
Vick concluded the brief interview by calling into question the people Cutler surrounds himself with. "Man, you can't just be hanging out with anyone. You gottta have people around you who support you and will help you do the right thing and make good decisions."
Speaking via collect call from the Nevada State Penitentiary, Mr. Simpson expressed similar sentiments. "You're a professional athlete. You've got to keep yourself under control... keep your temper in check. You can't just go flying off the handle when you think you've been disrespected. You've gotta think things out, and not just act on emotion, 'cause that'll catch up with you eventually." He went on to convey his thoughts on today's athletes having what he called a sense of entitlement. "It's like they think they can just get away with anything because they play football. You may get away with it once or twice, but eventually you'll run into the proverbial guy-wearing-a-wire-in-a-hotel-room-while-you-rob-him-at-gunpoint, and then it's all gonna catch up with you."