Recently, the NFL has been cracking down on their players, and teams have been releasing them if they break the law. There was the case a few months ago, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released second round draft pick tight end, for his DUI arrest. Now, the Eagles have released young receiver Josh Huff, who was arrested for possessing a hand gun and small amount of marijuana with no permit.
The Eagles released Huff early Thursday morning and are set to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the decision. Huff had expressed regret for Tuesday's incident and apologized to his teammates and the organization for causing a distraction. However, when it came to questions about his decision to carry a gun with hollow-point bullets, Huff stood his ground. "I'm a professional athlete. What professional athlete don't have a gun?" Huff said. "I have a wife and I have a son at home. My job is to protect them at all costs, and my job is to protect myself as well, even though I know I have security here, but I have to protect myself as well."
I agree that most of the time professional athletes are targets for bad people, but that is no excuse to carry a weapon without the proper permit. Huff has been released from his job and will look to see if another team will take a shot on him. In addition, there is the marijuana issue as well, and anytime drugs and guns are together, it is not a good mix. Some people across the country don't view marijuana as a bad drug but when it is mixed with a gun, it is always perceived as bad. When asked if he believes everybody in the Eagles locker room and around the league carries a gun, he said, "I do. Yes, I do." Huff was arrested on the gun and drug charges after he was pulled over for speeding on the Walt Whitman Bridge on the New Jersey side.
Huff admitted that the gun was registered in Texas and he was not fully aware of the gun laws in New Jersey. Again, he said he felt like his life has been threatened in the past and the reason he was carrying the gun was for protection purposes only. The Eagles did not see it that way and have developed a strict no tolerance policy. Huff is a good example of this, and in addition, another good example of more and more NFL teams getting tougher on their players in and out of the facility.