Kansas CIty Chiefs Should Be Ashamed Of Interest In Derrick Washington

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs will reportedly visit former Missouri running back Derrick Washington. The news comes from Tony Pauline of Draft Insider.

If the Chiefs are indeed interested in Derrick Washington, the organization should be ashamed of itself.

Washington is a convicted and registered sex offender. In 2011, he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his former tutor while she slept. It took the jury but 2 1/2 hours to convict Washington, who still maintains his innocence.

Missouri smartly kicked Washington off of their football team and out of their school. He served only 120 days in jail before being granted parole. While in prison, he also plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault of an ex-girlfriend.

Following his release from prison, Washington joined the Tuskegee football team and played out his last year of college eligibility last season.

I am not here to argue about Washington’s guilt or innocence. I don’t have to. He’s already been convicted.

I’m here to call for the Kansas City Chiefs to cancel this visit.

Just months ago, one of the organizations own players, Jovan Belcher, murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, before taking his own life at the team facility. Belcher shot Perkins, the mother of his child, nine times.

For the Chiefs to be considering bringing Washington, for what is essentially a job interview, is mind-bogglingly irresponsible. This is a time when the Chiefs organization should be speaking out, both publicly, that violence against women is unacceptable.

Instead, the team is prepping to interview a man who admittedly assaulted an ex-girlfriend and was convicted of entering another woman’s room while she slept and fondling her.

Even more stupefying is that six NFL teams were reportedly planning on attending Washington’s Pro Day at Tuskegee. The Chiefs were not among them. That means that it is possible that including the Chiefs, seven NFL teams, that we know of, could be considering adding a registered sex offender to their payroll.

That should go over great at community events.

In the wake of the rape cover-up and eventual convictions in Steubenville, Ohio, NFL teams have got to be cognizant of the messages they send to young athletes. The football players at Steubenville thought they were above the law. They thought they could heinously rape a young woman and get away with it. When they realized they might actually get in trouble for what they did, their first worry was that they might get kicked off the football team. These kids had more respect for football than they did for the physical and emotional well-being of their victim. Kids don’t develop that kind of warped sense of reality on their own.

Allowing Washington to even snag an interview with an NFL team has the league sending the wrong message. He may have only served 120 days in prison but Washington should still be judged in the court of public opinion.

The Kansas City Chiefs, a team that knows all too well the effects of violence against women, has a chance to make this situation right and to be a leader here. All they need to do is call off the interview and denounce the fact that they ever scheduled it in the first place.

Washington has paid his debt to society and as such, he’s been granted a second chance at his life.

But that doesn’t mean he deserves a chance with the Kansas City Chiefs or in the NFL.

Unless those who should know better, give it to him.

Topics: Derrick Washiington, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • http://twitter.com/theREALjaredC Jared Ripley

    get over yourself. the feigned outrage over the morality of those who have made mistakes (and been punished) is a trite sideshow.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Sad that thinking people should continue to suffer the consequences of assaulting another human being, both physically and sexually, is in your view, a “feigned outrage.”

      • http://twitter.com/theREALjaredC Jared Ripley

        Your outrage is feigned. You are trolling for clicks/comments, and it is working well. If you have nothing informative to say, at least you get to stir the pot a little. Good job!

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          I think said some pretty informative things about the message I think interviewing a convicted sex offender sends to the public. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion of my opinion.

        • chiefridgy

          Get out of here troll!

  • Chelsii.

    He did his time.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      All 120 days of them. He may not have to go to jail but that doesn’t mean we can’t not want to have him playing for the Chiefs.

      • [email protected]

        Who are u too judge

        • chiefridgy

          I believe his name is Patrick Allen

      • Chelsii.

        Not all Chief fans seems to agree. Are you a jayhawk fan? I’m just trying to figure out why you think he still owes a debt to society.

      • micah stephenson

        Can he play? Is he any good? I want to know can he help us win more than what should b in the past

    • chiefridgy

      Says the man who still believes wrestling is real

      • Chelsii.

        Not sure I follow son.

        • chiefridgy

          You comment on wrestling blogs

          • Chelsii.

            Oh now I get it. You can’t make an intelligent argument on your own so you cyber stalk me on the Internet and try to degrade me. I like Breaking Bad too but that doesn’t mean I think it’s real. Thanks for showing me how far superior I am then you.

          • chiefridgy

            Yup

      • Danny W

        Wait a minute, Chelsi is a dude? I thought for sure this was a chick. Any way did you know I once had a guy tell me that WWE or WWF whatever it is was more dangerous than MMA? I just laughed at him and wouldn’t even argue with the guy. I think there is plenty of folks who think wrestling is real. Kind of sad really.

        • chiefridgy

          Hahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/DMFKemp David MF Kemp II

    time served. sir. get over it and if you’re still butt hurt over it stop supporting them.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Enlightening.

    • chiefridgy

      Says a man who must have no respect for women

      • Donkeyhater

        Not condoning the actions at all but teams draft prospects with these issues quite frequently. Baldwin I believe was accused of groping a girl on a bus (I don’t think he was criminally charged). I wasnt too thrilled about drafting him for this reason more than his play on the field. Sanchez in NY also had a sexual assault accusation and that looks like it was overlooked on draft day. The question I have is should only those actually convicted be made to hold it over their heads or should anyone that has question marks? I prefer to not have those kind of guys on the team but I realize you probably won’t find a team with no one without a checkered past.

    • steve james

      Didn’t you already say that a few hours ago?

  • tyler eastridge

    I take offense at this post. To judge a man is not necessarily your right. I have a brother who was convicted of statutory rape, yet he is a great guy. The circumstances of the stat.rape offense was wrong. The mother and daughter BOTH lied about her age. Fake ids and everything.the mother counted her ovulations and got her pregnant by my brother. Yet he is a sex offender. He could have been more careful..yes. but that doesn’t give people the right to judge. This post should be removed. It is very offensive.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I am sorry something bad happened to your brother but that doesn’t really have anything to do with this case or this kid or this incident. The fact that sometimes bad things happen to people when they shouldn’t, should not preclude us from holding people accountable for their actions. I can and will judge him and the Chiefs for being mixed up with him.

      • KCMikeG

        I understand you point and your outrage at the light sentence. But he has been judged, paid his debt to society and beyond that it is up to God to judge him – not us. Judge not lest ye be judged is how we should proceed. We do have the right to promote that the Chiefs do not engage with him.

        • chiefridgy

          Can’t the man have an opinion?

          • KCMikeG

            Yes and so can I. Point is the opinion should be about whether the Chiefs should consider employing him not wether he has the right to play in the NFL and certainly not if we should still be judging him.

          • chiefridgy

            I think that’s what he was saying in the article. he didn’t want the chiefs to talk to him or hire him

      • tyler eastridge

        The reasoning behind the story is you can look at my brother see him on the list and just judge him as a sex offender and this horrible person. We were not there with the victim or the convicted. We only know the evidince there. But who’s to say it was truly everything that happened in that case. The jury convicted yes. But there could be many things missing and cicrumstances we aren’t sure of. What about ben roethlisberger? Should he be kicked out of the NFL??

        • steve james

          That is the case with any case at all.Would you just give up on the whole system?

    • [email protected]

      all have the right to judge that’s what happens when your arrested, your life is public records did u ever hear of trial by your peers

      • KCMikeG

        He was already tried by a jury of his peers and paid his debt to society.

      • tyler eastridge

        He already has been judged. Also judge not lest ye be judged. The man already has been judged by a jury of his peers. Its a done deal. Michael gooding is absolutely correct.

        • chiefridgy

          You just quoted the Bible….

          • superman_25_58

            Ya maybe a few of you should sit down and read it yourselves.

        • Danny W

          Well because your brother was the exception to the rule I guess that means every one who was accused and then convicted of rape and assault is too?

    • chiefridgy

      You take offense at this post? That should say something….

    • chiefridgy

      So you were there and when all that happend to your brother saw all the IDs heard them lie and everything?

  • http://twitter.com/SteveMiller31 Steve Miller

    While I agree that crimes like these should not be condoned and should be dealt with harshly, I cannot agree with your assertion that someone who has committed such crimes has no opportunity for a career after punishment/rehab has been completed. I don’t know Washington nor can I claim to know the intricate details of his story, but I think we would serve ourselves and those around us well to know the specifics before passing judgement. Maybe you should stick to football analysis.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I do know the specifics. We aren’t talking about a guy who was accused yesterday. He was convicted and sentenced. He also admitted to being violent toward another woman.

      I am not saying he should never be given another job. I am saying that the Chiefs should be ashamed for associating with him. I don’t think they should give him a job for the same reason I wouldn’t be able to stay in the same room with the guy.

      • Doug McD

        Patrick – My faith tells me one thing and my heart says the other. I do feel the same as you. I would find it difficult to be around him or watch him play (thats on me though). Life is not easy, but to me the NFL should be held at a higher standard. They have shown in the past that they don’t do that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546161244 Adam Cox

        The difference between him I would say even being the head caretaker of grounds (or whatever they call the lawn guy) IS that people will look up to him. People will view him as a role model. That is why when you commit these types of crimes you close certain career possibilities in life. Also this guy served 120 days it isnt like Vick who served the max time for his crime. I think the guy got punished but even by a justice aspect it was awful and I think you can doubt the lesson you get from raping someone and getting less jail time than not reporting your taxes.
        Also I am probably one of the few that think that to play for an nfl team you shouldnt just be good on the field you should be a good person and one that people can get behind both on and off the field. If you look at scumbag players they also tend to be scumbag people ie Larry Jonhson.

        • ArrowFan

          Just to clarify he could become a great roll model if his head is on right now.

    • http://twitter.com/AhmadBelcher Ahmad Belcher

      I agree that what he did was reprehensible but if he has paid his debt and is free and clear he should be given a chance to work and live his life. If he was a bricklayer would everyone try to keep him from working? He is a football player and like everyone else who commits a crime and serves his or her time he should get a chance at life. Everyone has done something that they are not proud of. Should he pay for it for the rest of his life?

      • mnelson52

        A bricklayer is not a nationally televised role model for kids. I seriously doubt the small time he spent in prison, made him automatically start respecting women more. Either you respect them or you don’t. The Chiefs players are required to make a lot of public appearances. I’m not sure the parent’s of the kids in KC are ready to take their children to see this potential role model.

  • kmon

    Ok let’s look at Brian banks, who was wrongfully accused for rape. he gets out and majority of the teams wanted to see what he had.who’s to say that this chick wasnt mad at him for messing with her roommate and not her herself? So the female can’t lie? she can’t frame him? she said they were drinking so nobody knows what really happened.the kid can ball and that’s all that matters. oh and Dante stallworth kills a man and got a 2nd chance. so let’s give Washington his.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Victim blaming is a bad look man.

      • [email protected]

        To judge someone is to have no respect for people like you

        • steve james

          You judge people every day. Everyone does. You have to. If you can’t make judgments you would loose your money to every single sales call and money seeking mailer and scam artist around. You have to make judgments to just go get a car loan or insurance or anything. If you can’t deal with people judging you or you doing the same you might as well give up. What do you think a credit rating is?

          • [email protected]

            My credit score is fine sir i always ask God to lead me the.best direction

          • steve james

            So did you really know the man?

        • Chief Hokie

          Amen

      • kmon

        Look I’m simply stating that there is a possibility that she coulda lied. I’m not throwing out the chances of him touching her but you can’t be so quick to fault him for the truth that none of us know. the only ones who knows is him and her so give him a chance

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          So should we not put people on trial because nobody will ever know the truth?

          We have to look at the facts and then use our judgement to make a determination of someone’s guilt or innocence. The fact she could have made it up is irrelevant. The question is, did he do it or not. The jury, when presented with the facts says he did. After reviewing the facts, I do too. I don’t believe he deserves an opportunity to play for the Chiefs and I think the Chiefs are sending the wrong message by associating with him.

      • KCMikeG

        I agree about blaming the victim, am torn about a man being wrongly accused having seen 1st hand what a vindictitve woman can do to an innocent man’s life and also agree with the man has paid for his crime. I totally agree that I would like our Chiefs, especially after the Belcher disgrace, to hold itself to a higher standard. The Dante Stallworth example is hard to ignore. The Saints and the Pats both paid him after he killed a person while driving drunk. I was shocked then that there was little if any outrage then.

        • [email protected]

          point drunk drivers kill to many people and Stallworth never should have had another shot to play in the NFL

          • Chief Hokie

            Valid point

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546161244 Adam Cox

          If you look it up it was a guy running across the highway in the early hours. Rather than fight it he ADMITTED to doing wrong and also if you read about it he told his lawyers not to fight it and to got for a plead deal when they felt they could find him innocent. Maybe if the guy said he was guilty you could argue sentencing but they are different stories.
          That guy from the cowboys is trying to say he is innocent I think now THAT might be a case to argue.

          • KCMikeG

            This contradicts Paddy’s story that he was found guilty at trial not a plea bargain.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546161244 Adam Cox

            You mentioned Dante Stallworth that is who I was talking about. UNLESS the rapist all ran someone over… then he belongs on the raiders.

    • chiefridgy

      Is that what you tell all your victims?

  • [email protected]

    I went to high school with him an he good friend he plead guilty to get over with some many girls accused innocent men of rape know all facts before u judge whats.funny people how many times have people been wrongly.convicted smh

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      If you know him so well you’d know he was convicted, he did not plead guilty. But hey, those are just the facts.

      • [email protected]

        Yea with all white jury as well

        • KCPauly

          Now it’s a race issue? c’mon man get off that card already

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          Funny the guy preaching “don’t judge” just accused an entire group of people of being racist.

        • chiefridgy

          That was a jackass thing to say

    • chiefridgy

      You should go back to school

  • Dominick

    I believe it sends a bad message as well. I do not wish a life of misery for mr washington, but I agree that this is not the image the NFL should be putting out there. Hopefully that degree he earned was a real one and he can find success somewhere other than reaping the rewards afforded to him by being an athlete. After all, he was afforded a tutor by the MU athletic department. At least my Tigers understood the necessity of distancing themselves from behavior like that.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Thank you.

    • [email protected]

      Yea your tigers kick Dixon off the team an he has never been convicted

  • [email protected]

    i’m glad u brought up Belcher with the terrible season last year, the only thing anyone heard about this team was the sad Javon story. Then people will hear we are bringing in a sex offender people will think we are Oakland

  • joshsanchez

    My take on this: Everyone deserves a second chance, but the Chiefs have to be especially careful with the character of players after that Belcher business. He may be a decent prospect, but this would be the absolute worst fit for him after everything that has happened to the franchise in the past and the way the community would react.

  • disqus_uoa6Nyfpoq

    I would suggest that Mr. Allen (the author of the above article) present the facts of the story and let the readers draw their own conclusions and comment accordingly. That is how journalism should be presented to the public. Using your own website to preach your view of the world and then attacking your readers for not agreeing with you is laughable. That act, in and of itself, totally discredits you and everything you write.

    • KCPauly

      It’s funny that you are hear reading it and commenting on it if Mr.Allen is such a joke and discredited, what does that say about you,(who will not even post a name) for your information, alot of people like Patricks writing quite alot, and he brings us alot of info. on our team, if he feels this way about a guy, it’s his page and his right to write about it, just like it’s your right to shut up and stay off the page if you don’t like it, I for one totally agree with his take on it…Keep it coming Pat.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        Thanks buddy.

        • KCPauly

          I got your back bro…love your columns

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Well, this is an opinion piece. So…actually, it would have been kind of weird for me not to use my opinion.

      As far as attacking commenters, I am merely disagreeing with some (unfortunately most) of them.

  • [email protected]

    Everybody judge jovan an Derrick an don’t know the facts yet we let criminals run our country smh i take offense to negative comments i grow up with him

    • KCPauly

      The facts on Jovan are pretty clear man, he shot his girlfriend and then himself, how are you going to talk around that one? was it a race issue too, I think not…

    • steve james

      Did you go to parties with him? Hang out? Do you really know him or just go to the same school? Have you seen him with girls? If you have insight on how he treats women please expand. Try to convince me he is an angle who was viciously framed. Come on. Convince me.

    • Danny W

      I went to high school with a lot of guys too doesn’t mean some wouldn’t rape a woman if they didn’t think they could get a way with it. Your biased and your opinion holds no credibility unless you were a witness to the event.

  • [email protected]

    I guess women never lied about being rape Everybody wants to play God an judge smh

    • KCPauly

      And I guess rapist never lie either, aren’t they the ones playing God, by doing these terrible crimes to others?, don’t the victims have the right to not be violated as well, but the rapist don’t care about that, so why should we care about criminals’ rights, that is the problem with this Country, don’t infringe on the criminals rights, but it’s ok to trample the victims…retarded logic dude

  • derek

    It’s an opinion, we are all entitled. Doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong, or if we like it or not, it is what it is. Let’s get back to talking about football and not politics. Please? GO CHIEFS!!!!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I don’t normally talk about politics on here but this is football related.

      • steve james

        It is also not Politics. You have discussed the facts as established in a court of law and expressed an opinion that this fella would not help the Chiefs. I agree. No politics to that.

      • derek

        I apologize, politics was the wrong word to use. I guess I don’t have much stock in the Chiefs amount of interest in Washington, that is why this doesn’t really concern me. Patrick, no fault to you. I know you really never talk about politics, my purpose in the comment was to more steer the conversation back to the positive moves this off-season then reliving the hurt and drama of the Belcher situation and look forward to 2013. Much respect for you.

  • steve james

    Wow seems to be a hot button issue with a lot of people bringing in “I once knew a guy who got rail roaded into a conviction”. As if that has anything to do with this case. To the people who discount the whole thing because they were drinking two thoughts. If it was your sister would you have a different tune? So what if they were drinking I used to drink a lot and can tell you I remember what I did and who I was with every time. Is a drunk driver excused by his victims if they were also drinking?

    A lot of you are using flawed logic because you want to believe he is a good guy. imho. He might be but the fact remains he was convicted in two separate crimes. How many others did he not face? I don’t care if he has paid his debt to society that doesn’t expunge what he did it just means he is out of jail. If someone raped your sister would you give two SH*** if his debt was paid? I am not saying he couldn’t help this football team, I do agree however that the Chiefs should pass on him. This really has nothing to do with this fella but I tell you what I still think Ray Lewis carries a stigma sure seems like he bought off the witnesses. I don’t want the Chiefs to have a Ray Lewis legacy. This would last a lot longer than any production on the field from him would.

    To the guys saying Patrick has lost credibility come on. Really? He has a logical opinion based on the facts of his conviction and a belief that this fella would do more harm to the Chiefs than help. I agree. So What. You guys are saying I disagree so you are an idiot and here are my non logical non relevant points to back it up. Some of you are hiding behind anonymity. Yea you really believe you are right so much so you hide.

    I think Clark would have the sense to call it off I hope so anyway.

    • Doug McD

      Well said Mr. James, well said!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      Patrick never loses credibility with intelligent readers and thoughtful people man. AA is the best of Fansided. Period.

      • Da Menace

        Amen I second that !

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        Thanks gents. Means a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

    There are Hall of Famers with Felony Convictions. There are Hall of Famers with several trips to court rooms and no convictions.

    As a Chiefs fan, the attention Ray Lewis received this year was sickening. Tony Gonzalez was also supposedly retiring and very little attention was paid to the best player to ever play his position was coming to an end. Ray Lewis got a free pass on complicity in a murder. Stallworth murdered someone with his car.. Vick was mutilating and murdering animals for entertainment.

    If as a society, we tell convicted felons, that you do your time, you make an effort to reform, to change your behavior and your mindset and you will have a second chance at life and then to deny them a productive chance at society because of their mistake then we are no better as we have fostered continued behavior by these people rather than encouraged their new beginning.

    Thanks for all your efforts…. No job for you. No voting.

    McDonalds and Walmart is hiring. Stay positive!

    Patrick, love your stuff man. Truly! But we have to better than them. It’s not ok, IMO, to continue punishment. He will have to register the rest of his life, carry that label ( which is justified ), and remember than he will probably be remembered as a sexual predator rather than a football player. All of which is his fault.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      He was promised a second chance by Society if he paid for his mistakes. He did all he could do. I won’t say he deserves one..I truly won’t. But he was promised one. He did what he was asked to do. As a Society we should live up to our end of the deal as well.

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        Also Jason, thank you for the thoughtful and well-reasoned comment and argument. It is certainly an interesting dialogue to have.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

          Àbsolutely man… Some of these guys, not at all, on the other side of your discussion needed some help using grammar and vocabulary so I figured Id throw a hat in the ring! ;)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

            lol

    • steve james

      Ok sound reasoning. But dont you think he would ultimately hurt the Chiefs?

      • Dominick

        The sheer fact that this has become such a hot topic for debate here should put light on the fact that regardless if Mr. Washington has paid his debt or not, the conversation will be about the CHIEFS employing a violent sex offender. Not what I want people talking about when they talk about my chiefs! Also, it isn’t so much about Washington as it is impressionable future athletes and previously scarred victims. It’s what they see that we should worry about, not what job Washington gets.

        • ArrowFan

          Or it could mean that he gets a chance to make amens as a poster child against the very things he did.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

        Looking back at the career of Ray Lewis… You turn him away?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

        Truth is.. I don’t think he is close to Gray as far as talent goes so I think it’s a waste of time to even interview the guy… But… Again.. We should look at the NFL legal record as far as behavior goes and think to ourselves… Does it hurt our feelings… Or does it hurt the team? It probably hurts our feelings alot more than it hurts the team.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      You get promised a second chance to reenter society, you don’t get promised any job you want.

      I believe because of what he did, he should still be judged harshly in the court of public opinion.

      But the article is more about the Chiefs than it is the perp. I don’t think he shouldn’t be able to get a job but I don’t think the Chiefs should hire him and pay him a base salary of many hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think the Chiefs should set an example for the rest of the league.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

        Not any job he wants… What he is qualified to do. He is qualified, potentially, to play football at an NFL level.

        I already said I don’t want to say he deserves a second chance, I will not say that. My personal opinion regarding violence against any human being perpetrated without a self preservation issue should be dealt with FAR more harshly thàn we as a society do. However…

        His second chance shouldn’t be Wal-Mart if we, as a society, promised him another shot at life if he paid his debt. Anyone you know live a good life working at Wal-Mart or McDonalds? He may not deserve another shot or a good life, but our Society promised him one. A far as the poster that asks how you feel if it was your sister… Strip emotion from a situation and use principles to guide your arguement. Not emotion.

        Emotionally… I’d do something evil and illegal.
        Principle based reaction says I forgive and forget lest I myself be judged.

        Tug-o-war for sure but I try to make judgements and decisions based on logic and principle. Not emotion.

      • micah stephenson

        I think the Chiefs need to b more worried about winning a super bowl than seting an example to the rest of th lg.

  • Mike Arritt

    I’ve been reading articles on here for a while but have never left a comment. I appreciate all the information you write. I disagree with your views on this matter, however. You say “he’s been granted a second chance in life”. How do you know that until someone gives him that chance? A second chance to do something in life and make a living, a second chance to move forward without carrying the condemnation of those around. Someone needs to give him that, it’s only right. I don’t condone what he did, nor do I condone what Vick did, but it burns me up that people still interfere with the good that’s he’s trying to do. I can see your point in trying to convey a positive msg to kids by not “hiring” or “interviewing” a sex offender, but at the same time we teach them that it’s okay to not forgive and to hold grudges. You can afford someone an opportunity without condoning their past.

  • Marcus J. Walker

    (Patrick Allen) Look here you racist bigot. Who are you to judge this man of these accused crimes. It has already been proven that our “justice” system locks men up just from the word of mouth. Look at Brian Banks, he spent five years incarcerated by this. Now before you start judging this man on his outside life based on “false accusations” appreciate how he came back from this, and tore it up with 1600+ this year in college at Tuskegee.

    • steve james

      Let me get this straight. You are calling someone you don’t know a racist bigot because he doesn’t want a convicted sex offender on the Chiefs payroll. He made no mention of race. You did. Look in the mirror buddy.

    • KCPauly

      Sounds like you are a racist and a bigot, Patrick never said anything about race, but it’s funny how race is always the first thing that a true racist runs too, and just because the guy played good ball does not exhonerate him from his crimes, what about the victims who don’t get a second chance? they have to live with it the rest of their lives, and they didn’t make the choice, he made the choice he should have to live with it the rest of his life, not make millions because he can play ball, 120days in jail for ruining peoples lives is pathetic, and I don’t care what race, creed, or color they are. Also what are you doing judging Patrick a racist and bigot then turning around and asking who he is to judge? does’nt that also make you a hippocrite as well as a racist and bigot?…just sayin

      • Marcus J. Walker

        look at Brian Banks.. He isn’t he only one who was “convicted” from a girl who cried wolf.

    • chiefridgy

      False accusations Huh?

    • Danny W

      He was convicted by a jury of 12 unbiased people. You make it sound like any person of color who is convicted of any crime is a target of racism. This waters down the real race issue in our world and weakens your argument. Your comment while you are entitled to it is judgmental and quite frankly dumb.

    • Marcus J. Walker

      I actually personally know Derek. He was a freaking stud at RayPec and he would never sexually take advantage of women. You guys just believe anything the media puts out.

  • Marcus J. Walker

    Just sad, who are you to judge this man

    • chiefridgy

      Patrick Allen

      • Marcus J. Walker

        Get off his nuts sack lol

        • chiefridgy

          Fuck you! Lol

  • Tyler Alexander

    Patrick, can you post a link that does have the facts of this case? The ESPN article above just makes it sound like a he said she said case corroborated by a scorned lover with a history of accusing another athlete of the same thing. If there’s no physical evidence to support the claim I can’t support the idea of taking away the only avenue for employment that the accused is trained to do. I honestly, from what I read, can’t see how the prosecution met the burden of reasonable doubt in this case. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Kind of a no win discussion. Does everyone deserve a second chance to make something of their life? Yes. Is it a good PR move to sign someone with this background? No. Would most people get over it quick if he was a great player and didn’t get in any more trouble? Yes. If it was my daughter that was his victim would I want to have to hear about him playing for the local NFL team? No. Does that mean that no team should give him a shot? No.

    I wish him well and hope he gets his life together, but I would prefer it was for another team.

    • steve james

      Well said, thank you.

  • Jason Seibel

    If your defense of this convicted sex offender is “blame the victim” then you are truly confused about what is right and what is wrong in this world. I think too often we as fans are too willing to look past the missteps of our football heroes and allow them to get away with too much.

    I don’t think Mike Vick should have been allowed to play again. He broke the law and went to prison. I don’t think Donte Stallworth should have been allowed to play again. He broke the law and killed somebody. As stupid as it was, I don’t think Plaxico Burress should have been allowed to play again. He broke the law and went to prison.

    There are a slew of players who have broken the law…not just the rules of the game…the law! How can you, in good conscience hold these players in high regard and pay your hard earned money to pay their overinflated salaries? Nevermind the fact that this guy is a convicted felon. He sexually assaulted someone. Notice I didn’t say allegedly because it wasn’t alleged. He sexually assaulted someone and slapped another woman. He was convicted by a jury. It happened.

    When a guy on our team who used to wear #27 did that, we ran him out of KC with pitchforks and fire. The fact is, the Chiefs have been marred by the antics of criminals in the past. Whether it was LJ slapping women in the clubs or the tragedy that surrounded Jovan Belcher last season, they were all perpetrated by criminals.

    Why would the team knowingly invite that kind of headache and mess into One Arrowhead Drive before the season even get started?

    Think about it!

  • mg2098

    Would rather have him employed in the only profession he knows than hear of him doing worse out of desperation w/o a job. If the NFL says he’s done his time for the crime, and has learned his lesson guilty or not: he should be able to earn a living same as you and me. Just cause its a sport and has an outstanding wage/ salary is not grounds for denial of employment. You should have wrote a post on weather or not he has bettered himself through his incarceration. Only time will tell. He was one hell of an RB.

    • chiefridgy

      The only profession he knows? Has he worked a day in his life as a football player?

      • mg2098

        That’s the idea. If he has a chance to make it as a pro chances are he put most if not all of his effort into playing football as a career. I would think he is most qualified of any other job to be an NFL running back. The NFL is a buisness and their hiring. Washington was well on his way to being drafted before his incident. Not an easy accomplishment. Must be very qualified.

        • chiefridgy

          I didn’t ask if he was qualified.

  • 2dogs

    100% with you on this one Patrick. If he had done this to my daughter I’d be in jail and he’d be history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.boucher.9256 Dave Boucher

    I appreciate the passion behind your argument Patrick but who edits this content? I’d love the job if you’re hiring. Keep up the great work Arrowhead Addict from all of us here at KC CHIEFS BEAT.

    • chiefridgy

      You are an idiot

  • http://twitter.com/maxsch00 FINANCIER, MBAF/CIS

    Hate the crime/sin and not the criminal/sinner ~ easier said then done, but sure allows you to move on in life.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsch00 FINANCIER, MBAF/CIS

    Hate the crime/sin and not the criminal/sinner ~ easier said then done, but sure allows you to move on in life.

  • armychiefj

    Patrick’s argument is the same general argument that gets us useless things like the sex offender registry: Never forgive! It does absolutely no good. (Go look up the statistics on recidivism among sex offenders, I’ll wait) Short version: It does not decrease recidivism of sexual offenses anymore than prior to sex offender registries and as it makes legal employment almost impossible to obtain, almost ensures recidivism of other sorts. Also why sex offenders? Why isn’t there an armed robbery offender registry (I’m a victim of that, would it have helped me)? Murder registry? Fraud? The type of crime is (or at least should be) irrelevant, once released from custody.

    The same justice system you are assuming is infallible by talking about the fact that he was convicted, is the one that decided on his sentence and then let him out early. I’m certain the parole board has a hell of a lot more expertise on this than anyone (including myself) commenting on (or writing) a football blog. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either the justice system should be trusted or it shouldn’t. Not “he was convicted!” but also “not harshly punished enough!”

    The real issue for the chiefs (or any potential employer) is if he has changed. If he has been rehabilitated (as prison supposedly does), let him get on with his life, including football. If he has not and is still a legitimate risk, he should be in jail still, but as that wont happen, the employer should stay away. But the only way to figure that out is by giving him an interview (which is exactly what the chiefs are doing).

  • Chief Hokie

    Heart says to forgive, brain says to kick him to the curb. Tough one.

  • Chris Foosman

    Wow, redemption is a bad thing. He has a year under his belt with no convictions. I guarantee that the run ins with the law will come up more than once. I do like the paragraph discussing the Steubenville rape and fallout in an article about a completely different guy. If he can make the Chiefs better, and the Chiefs think he’s not going to do it again, I say take him. If we had a shot at Rapelisburger I guarantee there would be some Geno Smith type writing about how great he is, not a focus on his checkered past.

  • Brody Hall

    I believe in second chances. He maintans his innocence to this day even after serving his time (innocent people have been found guilty before) im not saying one way or the other on the matter of if he did it. Im saying I KNOW how good he is and when i do talk to him from time to time (friends in high school but only ocasionaly speak now.) He does seem much more humbled and well manered. He would be cheap and add depth. If he screws up then he will be done in the nfl and nobody will remember him. Or he could keep his nose clean and be there for when JC’s time is done and be a total badass. Now would u want a player like that in oakland? Low Risk which could pay off big time. Why not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.eckstein.31 Tyler Eckstein

    Not trying to defend the guy but Ray Lewis killed a man… there are a lot of “thugs” in the NFL. Larry Johnson had a history of violence toward we omen too you know.

  • micah stephenson

    Hey I thought after you did yo time, you are spose to b forgiven and gave another chance.

  • ArrowFan

    If Jesus can forgive Saul for murdering Christains, then I can forgive Washington. However it’s probably not a good idea for this team at this time. Mainly becouse most people are not as forgiving as say Jesus. Also the KU fans are already haveing trouble with the backup QB.

  • Danny W

    My two cents on the guy are that he’s honestly not that good of a running back. His time is served so I can’t say he doesn’t deserve a shot at the pros but I don’t want this guy on my football team. Not just because he’s beat up a few women and try to diddle some in their sleep I honestly don’t think he’s that talented. If he’s good enough to make it then good on him but I think Charles Draughn and Gray are going to be plenty good enough at the position.

  • ArrowFan

    Alot of stuff went down late in the day today regarding NFL QB hungry teams. Can I get an article about how the recent moves effect our presumed ability to trade the #1 pick to a Geno hungry team.

  • Guest

    I can’t agree with you on the face of it on this one, Paddy. I don’t know all of the specifics, but I believe that if a person serves their time they are entitled to another chance. It seems that if the sexual assault were of a more violent nature (as I read, he fondled a girl while she slept), he would have been in jail for much longer. Given the general leniency of the sentence, it seems to me the crime was deemed minor. It’s not right, but I don’t know what fondled means in this case. Was he drunk, paying a booty call to his “friend with benefits,” she wasn’t home, he saw his tutor who he was sure liked him, touched her breast and got arrested? Again, not right, but should it cost this kid his career?

    I also have no idea about the assault of an ex-girlfriend. I question any admission of guild while incarcerated and also have no idea what the assault charge is. I do know that laws are very tough for men in this area. For instance, if a man slaps a significant other on the face after she throws a lamp at him and then attacks him, he will be jailed for assualt. I certainly wouldn’t condone the slapping, but I also don’t know, again, that it should cost a person their career.

    Perhaps he is a pathological misogynist, or perhaps he’s a young man with extremely poor judgement. I don’t really know, but in the absence of that certain knowledge, I will side with our legal system and assume that if the court’s say he’s done his time, then he deserves another chance.

    I do get the point, I just think it’s off the mark. I also think comparing him to Belcher is off the deep end and doesn’t really have a place in this story.

    • Chief Hokie

      Well said, I agree.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Any sexual assault is a violent sexual assault.

      I also did not compare what he did to what Belcher did.

      The article is also about how the Chiefs should not employ him, not that he should not ever get employed period.

      The Chiefs, because they just suffered through an incident of extreme violence against a woman should set an example that if you are violent towards a woman, you don’t get to work for the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • micah stephenson

    I dont think he shud b denied a chance to work just becuase of what he did. I done slapped a bitch before. Truthfully I done snuck in a girls room and fondeled her while she was sleep too! I dont feel like I shudnt b able to work and provide for my family becuase of it.

  • fixsociety

    Every one deserves a second chance

  • PunjabiPete

    I may be in the vast minority but if the man served his sentence why are you still whining about it? If your son writes on the walls, you punish him, and then forget about it and move on. If Derrick Washington served his time, and is out amongst free people, he is rehabilitated. To say you must forever watch and wonder if he’s going to do it again means rehabilitation does not work, and then what do we have prisons for?

    I am NOT condoning anything that happened. All I am saying is if the judicial system says he paid his debt to society then by virtue of it being our judicial system I am inclined to give a second chance. This is Michael Vick all over again, just on a smaller scale. He paid his fucking debt to society. To keep giving him shit after he gets out says that the time he served meant nothing, that he can never learn from and outgrow his mistake, and that since he’s always going to be associated with it why not start doing it again? You’re going to constantly chastise him for it anyway, might as well go with it since he obviously can’t show he’s changed…

  • Guest

    My comment, which I believe has been deleted, seems to have offended you, Patrick. If that is the case, I am sorry and certainly had no intention to do so.
    I get your point and I think and thought at the time that we should have gotten rid of Larry Johnson long before we did because of his well documented, undisputed treatment of women. I do not look at Ben Rothlisburger or Kobe Bryant the same way, and they weren’t convicted, just accused with what seemed like strong evidence against. I just don’t know the evidence in this case, so I am reserving judgement. That is all.

  • jimfromkcj

    I learned long ago that you can’t argue with the liberal mindset. It is always either society or some one else’s fault when they do illegal or immoral things.

    • Danny W

      Sadly the majority of this once great nation is now about 50 percent liberal. It’s an entitlement culture.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005102554690 Jason Taylor

      Your comment is offensive on several levels. Because someone disagrees with you they must be a Liberal? Which you are also using as a thinly veiled insult. You should stick to the topic.

      • Danny W

        Well you just made kind of a liberal statement didn’t you? Isn’t he free to make whatever statement he likes as long as it’s not swearing or slanderous?

  • Bryant Harris

    cmon whos never touched somebody while they where passed out drunk??we have all been at the giving or receiving end of a drunken foundling like this.get over it.its not like he violently raped someone or touched a kid.

    • Danny W

      You cannot be serious right now. Reread what you just wrote and you might want to edit it. Anyone who fondles someone while they’re volnuarble is an absolute creep and you are too if you’ve done it.

  • d-block

    Jesus Christ, give it a rest. So what if he is a registered sex offender? Last time I checked the NFL employed athletes. It’s not the good two shoes conviction, and if all you’re going go write about is crap like this then you should be slapped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.mills.528 Jeff Mills

    “should no better”? You should know better, too Mr. Senior Editor! Maybe they want to see and hear his side of the story… and are most likely going to say “thanks, but no thanks”. I agree with most of what you had to say, plus the loser went to Misery…. but you’re jumping the gun on the “chiefs should be ashamed” part of it.

    I believe a large majority of football players are not good guys, so as far as the morality of whether you let the guy play or not, let’s just say NO to all of the guys and start trimming half of every roster in the NFL while we’re at it? You know what? Blame the legal system for him being a free man, not the NFL teams for taking a look. Let the punishment fit the crime. If what he did deserves a life-long ban from the NFL, then let him server more than 120 days. Or let him pay the girl for a little pain & suffering the rest of his life!

  • Don417

    So, it’s okay for him to get a job just as long as it’s not in the NFL. Kinda arrogant of you to decide where he should be able to work. You’re the senior editor and do not know the difference between no and know. McD’s may be more appropriate for you.

  • Fred Smith

    Patrick:
    You’re a sanctimonious puke. Why don’t you , in your infinite wisdom, tell us which crimes committed by athletes are not deserving of a second chance? You’re not God – you write for a second-rate blog. Get over yourself

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesmiller77 James Miller

    I think Jason Taylor is sport on, you have to have faith in people to learn from their mistakes. We all make them to some degree….

  • Porsha Bussey

    The writer of this article is an idiot …point blank period

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