Does arrest prove he’s a culture risk for NY Giants?
Normally, if a player with a clean prior rap sheep – especially in the same area they’ve gotten in trouble in – was in the same situation as Rosas, they’d probably stick with their team, particularly if they were at least a decent player.
However, this is Aldrick Rosas’ second DUI-related incident (he somehow ended up avoiding any alcohol charges as tests were not administered, likely because he wasn’t found for nearly four hours after the crash), as the embattled kicker was charged and pleaded guilty to a DUI in college back in 2016.
Although his latest arrest was much more serious due to the high potential of him severely hurting, or even killing, another person, Rosas is still just a young man; he was an even younger man back in 2016.
Clearly, he’s got some kind of drinking and/or reckless driving issue to deal with, but as long as he’s not driving around his teammates while drunk I don’t see the great effect this would or will have on the NY Giants’ locker room.
Kickers stay amongst an isolated group of special teamers, usually far away from the offensive and defensive players; in other words – and I’m totally guessing – I doubt Rosas is buzzing around the locker room trying to get players to do reckless things with him.
I’m a believer in second chances, particularly in this case if Rosas gets some type of substance treatment or aggressive driving classes; taking those measures on his own would mean much more than being forced by a court.
Young kids make mistakes, and the one he made in 2016 was not during his time with Big Blue. I don’t think it would be a tough sell to have Rosas go through some type of treatment or classes, apologize to the team and agree to strict monitoring.
While I would never argue it’s a good thing to have a player on your team causing an incident like this, Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge showing compassion in this situation to an apparently struggling young kid could actually have a positive effect on the locker room.
I’m not buying that a kicker that caused a violent car crash that again, thank god, resulted in no injuries is something that’s going to shake up or divide the locker room.