This probably isn’t what Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris was referring to when he said that he wanted his team to be violent.
World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Urijah “The California Kid” Faber was not the only athlete to choke somebody out on Sunday. Allegedly joining him in that feat is Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety/linebacker/IR-fiend Jermaine Phillips. Phillips, a 225-pound heavyweight fighting out of Roswell, Georgia, was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation, a third-degree felony. Phillips was released on Monday due to his clean background but will face up to five years in prison if proven guilty.
Phillips spent the majority of the 2009 season on the injured reserve, a seat that he has kept warm numerous times during his seven-year professional career. He broke his thumb in September during a season in which Morris was giving him a trial run at weak-side linebacker. Phillips had previously been best known as John Lynch’s replacement at safety after Lynch’s controversial dismissal from the red and pewter in 2004. Phillips always showed potential on the field but typically failed to live up to it. He is set to become a free agent in March although it now seems that his top bidder will be Allenville Penitentiary where he can play alongside Cheeseburger Eddy.
The story is strikingly Tiger-esque, that is if Tiger Woods attended the University of Georgia, and Elin did not have access to custom Nike golf clubs. Phillips’ wife Adrianne supposedly woke the proud Bulldog at 4:35 A.M. to confront him about a phone number of another woman that was in his cell phone. Phillips was as pleased with the wake-up call as Morris was when Josh Freeman told him that they could “only be friends.” This is when, according to the police report, Phillips grabbed his wife’s neck. Phillips was arrested at 4:50 A.M.
If guilty, the jail time would likely destroy the prime of Phillips’ playing career and permanently attach a red flag to his free agency stock. However, if the allegations are true, he obviously deeserves every bit of it. The NFL has enough bad guys running around being cheered by loyal fans who sacrifice necessities for increasingly high ticket prices. It would make some feel better if the league could rid itself of this one.
This is the part of the article where I issue the “OMG a dude just punched Snookie in the face” disclaimer about domestic violence. Domestic violence is bad and there’s no place for it in the NFL. On the other hand, it is completely acceptable in the UFL, just ask Michael Pittman.