Banks may have instigated altercation

This NFL is a jungle.  For some it may be too much to handle.

Thus may be the case for Redskins wide receiver and return specialist Brandon Banks.

An NBCWashington reports states the following:

…wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Banks and his friend may have started an altercation that sent Banks and his friend to the hospital early Saturday morning.

Surveillance cameras appear to show Banks and his friend, Christopher Nixon, instigating a fight with 24-year-old Jason Shorter, who is accused of stabbing Banks and Nixon outside The Park at 14th nightclub at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

When police arrived at the scene Banks lifted his shirt to reveal his injuries and then identified Shorter as the person who had stabbed him, telling officers that his assailant was dressed in white, NBC Washington’s Derrick Ward reported.

Review of security video shows Nixon throwing a punch after Shorter allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it and, according to court documents, “armed himself by holding it behind his back.”

This is alarming information as Banks has recently become a cult favorite among the Redskins faithful with his blazing speed and home run ability.  However, his actions off the field are less than promising.

The opinion on whether athletes should go out and have a good time has come up in sports talk radio.  Professional athletes are grown individuals and can do as they please on their time.  It is in my opinion that they do not need to be restrained in their personal activities, but should be aware that their status may make them a target.

However, if the NBC report is true then this is solely the responsibility of the athlete to behave in a manner that would keep him or her from situations like this.  If Banks is indeed responsible for his own injuries, then the Redskins have much more to worry about.

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