Originally Posted by KeylessEntry
Guys like Vick and Roethlisburger, while they did commit heinous crimes, did not commit them against members of their team. NFL players will put up with a rapist or dog abuser if he is a good teammate, but a guy who is a bad teammate, a guy who is cancerous to the locker room, a guy who is turning teammates against eachother and destroying team morale, thats a whole different story.
Maybe he is all those things but on the flipside he was part of the team's leadership council so someone had to like him. He doesn't have to win over majority opinion, he just has to find one coaching staff and ownership that will take him on. His situation will be a lot like Vick's. There was a time when Vick was one of the most, if not the most, despised man in America. He spent 21 months in jail. His rep was worse than Incognito's. He still eventually got a second chance. Incognito doesn't have Vick's talent but he also won't have spent two years out of football. I see your point about him having hurt teammates when Vick, Roethlisberger, etc. did not but Vick did lie to people throughout the Falcon organization which is pretty bad, and it won't be an important distinction to everyone. Bottom line, he doesn't have to win vote across the league, he just has to get one team to believe him when he says he's a new man.