Can one shot of tequila on May 5th really ruin the rest of your life? In the case of former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Josh Portis the answer is yes. Portis was waived yesterday after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. It's hard to believe that a celebration for El Cinco De Mayo can have such long lasting implications. It's apparent the organization was out to make a statement.
After hearing the news that pass rusher Bruce "The Kraken" Irvin has been suspended for the first 4 games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy the Seahawks couldn't stand anymore negative publicity. Someone had to be the fall guy and that guy was Josh Portis. I'm not condoning his behavior and certainly Portis was on a short lease after past indiscretions, but he is the victim of circumstance in this example.
If his name was Russell Wilson or Earl Thomas this case would be a non issue, but Portis is far from being a franchise player. Clearly Pete Carroll and the Seahawks brain trust decided he was expendable and not a crucial part of the team's future success. I'm not sold on Brady Quinn or Josh Johnson as back up QB's, but I don't question the decisions the coach makes. In Pete we trust so I'll have to live with it.
Someday Josh Portis will have to sit down and tell his kids and grandchildren how he blew an opportunity to win a Super Bowl and pursue an NFL career because of a lapse in judgement. There may still be an opportunity for him to catch on with another NFL team, but most likely Portis is going to end up in the CFL at best. Saskatchewan or Winnipeg isn't the same as Seattle, but for now it's probably the best option he has. Jose Cuervo strikes again! The moral of the story is when you're future can be jeopardized always error on the side of caution. Josh Portis has learned this lesson the hard way.