Right or Wrong, Mike Brown Stands By His Players

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Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown watches from the sidelines during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown watches from the sidelines during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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For Mike Brown, his players are more than just employees. We can agree or disagree, but is the Bengals’ owner really wrong for feeling this way?

Earlier this week I proposed that Bengals cornerback Adam Jones should be cut from the team. The embattled veteran has just seemed to have as much of a knack for getting in trouble as he does for coming up with a pass deflection. In just a matter of days after making this post, Bengals’ owner Mike Brown made his declaration of loyalty for ‘Pacman’.

Just like most of Who Dey Nation, my first reaction was that of frustration. How can an obviously intelligent man keep letting his players make a mockery out of themselves and the organization. Then as I listened to his interview, I started thinking, here is a man who views his players as more than just assets but rather as human beings. That’s when I asked myself is that really a bad thing?

Now please don’t misunderstand where I’m coming from. I don’t condone Adam Jones’ behavior, and to be honest, I’m still not a fan of him being on this team. But I believe that you have to admire Mike Brown for actually being interested in Jones as a man and not just a roster spot. He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him. Brown isn’t worried about reputation but rather is interested in a man with a family.

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Now, will Jones take this opportunity and run with it? He should. Adam Jones owes it to Mike Brown and even more so to his family to do things the ‘right way’. Any other owner in the league would have his locker cleared and his bags packed. There’d be no concern about where he would go from here, but rather the bottom line.

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We can agree or disagree with Mike Brown and his methods, however, his ‘there is a man under the helmet philosophy’ should be respected. Even if it is not liked.

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