On Tuesday, NFL wide receiver Josh Huff was arrested for a DUI and unlawful possession of a weapon. On Thursday, the Eagles released him.
While Huff issued an apology for his actions, he did not apologize for owning a run, saying, “I’m a professional athlete. What professional athlete don’t have a gun? I have a wife and I have a son at home, and my job is to protect them at all costs. My job is to protect myself as well.”
Bart Scott couldn’t agree more.
“I’d say about 89 percent of players have guns,” the NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Why not? Listen, I think about 70 percent or 65 percent of all Americans have guns. I wasn’t really into guns when I first got into the league, but when they broke into Sean Taylor’s house and they shot him and he died and he couldn’t have a gun because he had a felony and all he had to protect his family, his wife, was a machete, and the people that broke in ended up being people that worked at his house – you’d be crazy not to. Crazy not to. I used to legally carry my gun when I was in Baltimore because there was a string of carjackings and people following people from the clubs. I stopped doing that. But when that stuff happened, we had a string of break-ins in our homes in Baltimore because they knew when we were leaving and they knew when we were coming back. Hell, they could see us on TV. They knew we weren’t home. And you always had a bunch of young rookies that brought these hood-rats back who kind of knew that we all lived in these buildings and figured out where we go. That’s how the girls shut you up. They figure out where you live, you take them back and then they tell their boys to break into your house. That was a whole scheme. We had eight guys’ houses get broken into.
So Scott did something about it.
“I have a wife. I have children,” he said. “The first thing I did was I went and got two attack German Shepherds that were trained in carjacking, search and rescue, and trained to spit and bite. Instead of bite and tear your clothes and play with the clothes like some dumb dogs do, you come to my house and you leave with a chunk out your ass. That was the first line of defense. Then I put motion-detector sensors in the trees. So if somebody walks by far from my house, I know you’re there. So if you decide to come, the dogs bark and that’s warning No. 2. If you come any closer, I’m going to shoot you in the ass – or worse. I’m not going to apologize for it. Listen, if the alarm go off and you still ain’t got it, if the dog start barking and you ain’t got it, then you just deserve it. Some people just need it. I hope you don’t bleed out, but if you do, it’s better you than me. If you come to my house and attack my children, my first priority is to take care of my kids. I’m going to err on the side of caution, and the caution is to empty the clip.”