The Detroit Lions released a statement about their decision to cut cornerback Aaron Berry today. They explained that Berry was released for "personal conduct which adversely affects the club," and Lions president Tom Lewand expanded on this explanation with a brief comment of his own:
"We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld."
My initial reaction to this was that getting a DUI or being caught with weed isn't exactly upholding an expected standard of behavior. Many have questioned why Berry was released while both Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure remain on the team after two arrests. Once again, this goes back to the nature of the offense.
It's important to remember that the consequences for the type of offenses Leshoure and Fairley had this offseason are being dealt with by the NFL since they relate to the substance abuse policy. The same goes for Berry's DUI. Because his arrest over the weekend involved assault charges and a gun, the Lions' reaction was much different. The conduct of all the players in trouble this offseason has adversely affected the team, but Berry's case was different in that he allegedly pointed a gun at people. This is why the end result -- him being cut -- was also different.