Last year, Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Khalif Barnes was arrested for a DUI. His arrest led him to open up and disclose the dynamics of the situation.
"Barnes was caught on police video calling Officer D. E. Cullen a "KKK devil who hates all colored people" and accusing him of targeting Jaguars players."
History would seem to prohibitively corroborate Barnes' statement.
But now, faced with the prospect of possibly being punished more substantially for the DUI because of his assessment of things, Barnes made this statement (from Zero Tolerance) as part of his plea bargain:
"The stress of the situation led me to say things which I do not believe. I want you to know that was out of character for me," Barnes said in a letter to(arresting officer) Cullen. "You were just trying to do your job that night, and I am sorry for the things I said to you. I know you have a hard job."
This brings to mind the Mel Gibson arrest in which he let loose on those of the Jewish persuasion. The sentiment was that, despite his apologies, Gibson really did feel that way. That being drunk led to his uninhibited commentary on Judaism. And he was not let off the hook.
Well, we would hope that the same would be applied to Mr. Barnes. It took exceptional courage for Mr. Barnes to come out and say those things directly to the police. And, now, to be coerced by the prosecution to have to recant his words is something that is beyond intolerable.
So, we hope that when people see Mr. Barnes on the field, they won't remember the empty and meaningless verbiage he submitted in his effort to gain leniency. We trust that everyone will think of his statements at the time of the arrest.
To do otherwise would be disrespectful.