Say what you want, football athletes having legal problems – particularly legal problems related to violent crimes – should just play football and shut up until the due process of law runs its course.

The news of their troubles should not clutter up the sports pages. That news is better reported in other parts of the press.

Once convicted, the stories should not be considered sports-related nor deliberately magnified by their fame. They’re human. Humans fail. I don’t want all of my failures broadcast, and I don’t think they deserve that either.