The majority of NFL players live the high life. That includes pretty women, fancy clothes, numerous bling and fast cars. But sometimes, heck, more times that the league would like to admit, all that wealth sometimes leads to some poor judgement.
For Josh Cribbs of the Cleveland Browns, that ill judgment came in the form of a Friday night speeding ticket for going 102 mph in a 60 mph zone on I-71.
Cribbs, the NFL's all-time kickoff return touchdown leader and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, got a little too carried away driving his 2010 Bentley and attracted the flashing lights of the law. He was given a ticket and is summoned to appear in court on May 4th.
The bright side of this incident, aside from nobody getting hurt, is that Cribbs handled his chastisement like a true professional. He was courteous and didn't try to skirt the blame to anyone else. In fact, he owned up to the incident on his twitter account and gave props to the arresting officer for doing his job.
In two tweets, he said the following about the incident.
"Yes I was pulled over for speeding, going too fast, luckily the police were on the job. Wasn't going that fast the entire time obviously but wrong is wrong, gotta face the music just like anyone else:("
"Much Respect to the police officers who pulled me over! I will lead better on the road now as well as on & off the field!!!"
Acknowledging an obvious error of judgment may not seem like much on the outside, but when you factor in the egos and feelings of self entitlement many professional athletes have, then you see how refreshing it is to see a simple 'oops, my bad' from a pro getting caught like this.
Hopefully, more athletes will take the honest rout when caught doing something they shouldn't be doing. Or, more importantly, maybe they won't do anything wrong in the first place.
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