UPDATE: Observer reporters have now confirmed that the Panthers have cut Dwayne Jarrett. I'll update my blog more later on this and am also writing about this subject in my column for Wednesday's newspaper and online, but for now I'll just say: It's about time.
(Here's my earlier blog post from this morning, before the Panthers had cut Jarrett)
Panther wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett was arrested on a DWI charge early Tuesday morning -- read the details here.
This is Jarrett's second DWI charge in three years -- he pleaded guilty to an earlier one in 2008 -- and it gives the 0-4 Panthers yet another black eye from one of the worst draft picks they've ever made.
I understand due process, and I'm not convicting Jarrett of anything here because I don't know the details. I'm sure the Panthers are hearing Jarrett's side of things right now if they haven't already.
But I will say this: If this is true, Jarrett needs to be fired. Immediately. Cut the ties and move on.
Here's the most damning statistic about Jarrett's four-year career with Carolina:
1 -- Number of touchdowns.
2 -- Number of times arrested for DWI.
A second-round pick in 2007 who was supposed to be the next Muhsin Muhammad, the 24-year-old Jarrett has been a total flop on the field. He hasn't even been able to crack the starting lineup this season, with Muhammad retired. Jarrett is a nice enough guy, but he just doesn't care enough about his job.
Even given the fact that Steve Smith may be out for several weeks with a high ankle sprain, the Panthers are better off just going with the trio of wide-receiving rookies against Chicago Sunday rather than putting Jarrett on the field again. Whatever it costs monetarily, it's going to cost the Panthers far more in goodwill if they keep an association with this guy (if the charge is true).
Not only is Jarrett a bad player, if this charge is true, he is exercising extraordinarily bad judgment.
(Two other brief notes -- here's my column today on the Panthers, written prior to the Jarrett news. And I will be online from noon to 1 p.m. today answering your questions at CharlotteObserver.com about Jarrett, the Panthers, the Bobcats, NASCAR or whatever else is on your mind).
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