If you haven’t heard by now, Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood is once again in trouble with Lady Justice. WLUK Fox 11 News in Northeast Wisconsin cracked the story yesterday of Underwood’s alleged altercation with his wife, Brandie, on June 16th, the night he and his teammates received their Super Bowl XLV Championship Rings.
According to Mrs. Underwood’s story, the two were having an argument that evening on their way home from the ring ceremony. Brandon Underwood allegedly became incensed over her wearing the Super Bowl necklace given to her by the Packers organization, then ripped it off her neck while still in their car.
Underwood was then said to have gotten out of the car, walked around to the passenger side door, and dragged Brandie from the vehicle before driving away. She immediately phoned the police, and Underwood was arrested upon his return.
The couple is reportedly going through a divorce.
This incident comes not long after Underwood was the center of attention in an alleged sexual assault case involving two women at a Wisconsin Dells hotel last year. Though nothing came of the women’s claims about the sex being forced on them, Underwood did enter a no-contest plea to one count of prostitution non-marital sexual intercourse last March.
He was fined $379.00 by a Sauk County judge.
Perhaps it is a fitting retribution, then, that the personification of the law is a woman, since Brandon Underwood finds it hard to stay out of trouble when around the opposite sex.
Though fans didn’t wholly condemn him for his previous entanglement with the law, it left Underwood on a short rope for many people. Some saw him as a victim of his celebrity status, while others – after hearing about his married status and two children – were disgusted with his infidelity. Despite his foolish behavior, there still wasn’t a lot of ado regarding his position with the team.
Yes, Underwood had to apologize for his actions in front of his teammates, and yes, it made McCarthy look a little bit foolish for some of his earlier compliments, but other than that, adultery wasn’t much to get too hung up about in the grand scheme of things.
This didn’t even come close to the embarrassment of a Johnny Jolly, Ben Roethlisberger, or Michael Vick.
Fast forward to the present, though, and suddenly fans couldn’t care less about Brandon Underwood.
Not only have the “foolish” and “adulterer” labels remained, Underwood now gets to add “spouse abuser” to the list. There is absolutely no excuse for what he did. I get that tempers can flare between two people in the middle of a divorce. My parents split up when I was in junior high school, and it took them over a decade to even start reconciling.
But I’d be willing to bet Mr. Underwood’s infidelity last summer had something to do with their divorce to begin with. So he probably should have just kept his mouth shut and his hands to himself.
To top it all off, this act of stupidity happened on one of the most cherished nights of the year. The Green Bay Packers, after months of being locked out of their facilities, finally got to reunite for a celebration of their ultimate victory – winning Super Bowl XLV. Their time to enjoy the fruits of their labors had arrived, and they could finally close out the final chapter of their 2010 season.
And what does Brandon Underwood do? He gives the night a big middle finger by going off the handle at his wife.
No, this wasn’t just a case of him abusing women – though that is the worst of it – this is also a case of him tarnishing the Green Bay Packers organization. It was, after all, their decision to pay for and give Brandie Underwood a necklace commemorating the Super Bowl championship. Pending divorce or not, she was a part of the Packers family, and for Underwood to claim authority over that decision was a slap in the face to his team.
You see, Brandon, families and teams are about more than just the individuals that comprise them. To bring up the tired but true cliché, the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
For your sake, for Brandie’s sake, and for the sake of your children, I hope you learn that lesson soon.
Regardless of what happens, you should know you are quickly writing your way out of Green Bay. Just as poor decisions cost you a marriage and a family, they are costing you a job. Because it’s not just your off-the-field antics that are screwing up your chances, it is the fact that you have done squat as a cornerback or even as a special teams player.
You had ample opportunities to have it all, and you blew it.
And if you haven’t figured it out by now, you only get one second chance before you’re marked for life. With guys like Davon House looking for their first chance, and other guys like Pat Lee and Josh Gordy trying to break into starter roles, you’re not going to have much luck making it back next year.
It’s funny . . . I’ve read a lot lately about how guys like Randall Cobb and D.J. Williams rise above the rest to do some good in this world, and they haven’t even received their first NFL paycheck yet! They make time for the people in their lives and in their communities, because they get it. They understand what it means to be a professional athlete and a decent human being.
Yet here we have you, Brandon Underwood, third-string cornerback, squandering it all away. And at this point, I really don’t think you have much left to squander.
So I doubt I’m alone when I say, in the immortal words of Cee Lo Green: “[Forget] you.”——————Follow @ChadToporski