Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins, along with the rest of the NFL, have no set guidelines on how to deal with players who are arrested or get into other types of trouble throughout the course of the year. While some teams may cut or suspend a player right away, other teams will wait for due process to play out before making a decision.
With the recent arrest of Derrick Shelby, count Joe Philbin as one who hopes that the NFL will come up with some sort of policy over the long run.
“Those are things that we will discuss over time. Obviously, the big scope of the picture is, as we’ve said all along, we want guys to represent the organization the right way on and off the field, so hopefully you don’t have these situations. Again, I’m never going to say we are immune to them. We’ll see and if that day comes we’ll see. Certainly, as you know, each case, everything is a little bit different. There are extenuating circumstances. Again, the real hope is we don’t have to deal with it a whole lot.”
In the past, the Dolphins have been quick to hand out punishment. When Chad Johnson was arrested for domestic violence charges, the team cut him the next day. When the bullying scandal came out, the team suspended Richie Incognito indefinitely almost right away. In regards to Shelby, Philbin re-iterated again that he was suspended indefinitely and if anything changes, he’ll re-visit the situation.