Thursday, July 10, 2008

Drugs in sports, even after all these years
Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones went from more than 1,000 yards receiving in his first season to getting in head coach Jack Del Rio's doghouse in the second.

Del Rio was said to be frustrated by Jones' work ethic. He was so frustrated that he made Jones inactive for three games last season, pretty amazing when you consider that Jacksonville was fighting for a playoff spot for much of last season, before roaring in.

Now, it appears the receiver has bigger problems.

It's been 21 years since Len Bias, but some athletes still don't learn. We've gone through an entire generation of drug problems in sports.

Lawrence Taylor, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and the late Steve Howe are examples of how drugs -- cocaine in particular -- can reak havoc on careers.

And yet, guys like Matt Jones still seem to believe they can handle what so many before them have failed to.

You keep thinking athletes will learn. Maybe some of them, or even most of them, have. But there are still guys like Matt Jones.

Jones has shown the ability to be one of the better receivers in the NFL. Now a suspension could loom.

Hopefully Jones will clean up his act. His career and his life depend on it.



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