The Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is just one more unit that wrongfully thought it could stop Ed Oliver. A video review finally ended in the Buffalo Bills’ favor. Watch game film before issuing a scouting report.
Head-shaking can’t be retracted. Anyone waiting for reversals of scorning an alleged drunken driver may as well put a timer on Tom Brady admitting he cheated. The guilt-free interior lineman will just have to be satisfied about rushing without dragging a legal record.
Oliver did nothing. Thankfully, this wasn’t a game. An arrest is a challenge for someone who did not commit an offense. Trying to prove the absence of action is as tricky as a zone blitz. Like a brush with the law, all involved parties hope the concept wins out.
Presuming he had done what arresting officers said he did is like thinking NFL officials get every call correct. As with projections about who’s going to win the division, check the results before planning a playoff appearance. Nobody thought everyday life would feature this much alone time in a row, either.
Life might not be as claimed. It’s not like the news would ever rush to report an initial account. The update will surely reach as many eyeballs.
An absence of something bad occurring counts as good news. You’re not going to get particular about the intensity of relief in 2020, right?
But the accounts made it sound like he did it! It’s uncanny how authorities who pull over a motorist are looking for guilt. There’s nothing anti-police about noting they want to find wrongdoers. But presuming a roadside sobriety test implies guilt is like trusting the Jets have a competent front office.
The police are naturally reluctant to step down. They have to project authority, which makes it tough to admit when a suspect didn’t do as suspected. The best resolution involves conceding the foul didn’t occur. Why can’t the league do the same after throwing unnecessary flags?
Everyone should want him to have been cleared, as it means nobody was placed in danger by an intoxicated motorist. Officers would undoubtedly note they were responding to a report he was driving erratically, which can’t be verified. Either way, please let this serve as a public service announcement to heed road lines regardless of whether or not you play sports for a living.
Oliver can now get to work, and not without needing to use Uber. I’d take a horse like he did if I owned one, knew how to ride, and was a free vindicated man, too.
Coping with potential legal woes can only be exacerbated during what’s already the most disjointed offseason possible. Any encounter with police where one is under suspicion creates stress even if cleared. The heart rate should drop naturally, eventually.
Those internet accounts already implanted the notion that he committed an offense. People who internalized the initial story should be urged to see the outcome. But the first report sticks in the mind. Stop thinking about a polar bear.
It’s as obvious that we should not judge anything until everything is in as it is challenging. There’s another of those sports lessons that applies universally. Claim we’re learning to justify the time and energy spent following them, even when there’s been none of them. Baseball between teams I forgot existed is a nice distraction from watching Sabres Classics on MSG again. I wonder if Brad May has an overtime goal coming.
News consumers could’ve just waited to see how legal proceedings would play out. But holding off until all evidence is presented isn’t nearly as fun as judging instantly. We’re not going to get a free lunch for holding off on the verdict during jury duty, so why not issue it now?
It’s prototypically human to be tempted into issue verdicts reflexively, especially with our instantaneous judgment devices. What else could glowing screens be for? People certainly aren’t going to use devices that can access all information ever gathered to make informed decisions.
Recording what we think that moment is now for the ages. Details can change even in seemingly certain cases, which is a maxim that’s simple to forget when something presently feels permanent. Note the difference in outlook while live-tweeting about a game where one side overcomes a halftime deficit. Presume I displayed faith everything would work out all along instead of scrolling back.
Oliver now waits for apologies that will never come. Thankfully, he can distract himself by practicing relentlessly. If there’s lingering latent aggression about those who called for him to lose his job, take it out on offensive guards.
Those who presumed a professional football player was guilty because he was charged won’t announce the ultimate result as boldly, if at all. Not doing something illegal is far less salacious. It’s too bad the actuality can’t be as exciting as scolding someone.
Editor’s babble: Amazing how a can to spit chew in can get you in trouble. A white man probably wouldn’t have been pulled over. Ugh. We have to do better than this. Thanks to Anthony Bialy for his thought provoking contributions to our blog. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.