Marcell Dareus showed contrition last week after was handed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Saturday, the Bills announced the defensive tackle was entering rehabilitation. Taken at face value, it was good that he came clean and was getting help.
Considering the headaches he created for himself and his team, plus more than $3 million down the drain from the suspension, you would think he had enough common sense to avoid further embarrassment. Hours after saying he was headed for rehab, he was posing for pictures on Chippewa.
The photos, which raced across Twitter, did not show Dareus drinking alcohol or doing anything illegal. But they didn’t look good for a twice-suspended player who should have stayed home. I can’t imagine the Bills were overly amused, based on appearance alone.
Dareus’ decision reminded people just how seriously he approached, or was oblivious to, his situation. Never mind the people who believed in him, or team that supported him, or the fans who made him a rich man. In his mind, it’s not about them. As usual, it was about him.