Yes, Brandon Underwood is innocent until proven guilty. Yes, the young player has shown promise and plays a position where the Packers need all the help they can get.
But it’s pretty clear that, as of right now, Underwood is not the most popular guy on the team. On the contrary, reading between the lines – it sure sounds like his teammates hate the guy.
One person’s misjudgment really put a damper on it. Hopefully this doesn’t put a black eye on the tournament and the foundation, but I think for the most part I think it worked out this year, and next year, just be a little more careful. Hopefully we can learn from this and make correct decisions next time.
That, my friends, is the cleaned up, nice, ready-for-the-press version of what Matthews and his teammates are saying about Underwood possibly hiring prostitutes (yes, that’s the word on the street) at a charity event. Off the record, the guys whose names were in the paper in relation to this incident are beyond pissed.
And this is a guy who apparently was not well liked BEFORE this all happened.
Now, teams are always going to have fractions and cliques inside them. That’s just human nature. And players can play with guys they hate – as long as they shut up and do their job.
I would look for the Packers to make a move sometime in the near future, whether it be a trade or a veteran free agent pickup, to bolster the secondary. The Packers used their draft to gird themselves for whatever is going to happen with Johnny Jolly – they don’t have that luxury now.
Of course the Packers could and probably will keep Underwood on the roster – for now. But don’t be shocked if he’s out the door sometime before or during training camp.