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Poll of the Day: Does Character Count?

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Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Tank Johnson #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals
Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shakes hands with Tank Johnson #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals

With the Detroit Lions in the news so much for their transgressions lately, we wanted to know how much it would bother you if it were happening to your favorite team? From the Oakland Raiders 'Just Win Baby' teams, to the living on the edge Cowboys of the 90's, to the jail bird Bengals, and now the Lions, it seems there are always a team or two that has that reputation of attracting a few bad seeds.

Are you the kind of fan that is against picking up the bad character guys or are you OK with it as long as it helps your team win?

Some players get the reputation for being bad, even if they are never convicted of a crime. The words 'alleged' and 'acquitted' are often bandied about, but once the police get involved a player can be branded for life.

I know fans that believe football is a violent sport played by violent people and you should expect the occasional misstep with the law. They don't want no stinking choir boys on their team.

I also know fans that are 100% against bringing a bad element aboard.

Then there are the fans that are against the bad character guys, unless they are really good at football, in which case a few Bad Guys couldn't hurt. I believe these fans are called hypocrites...

I'll admit I fall more into the hypocrite camp. I think it serves a team best to go after good character guys, but some times I feel taking a chance on a talented, but possibly troubled player is worth the risk.

Tell us what you think... Are you OK with the "bad character" guys, completely against it, or does it depend?