Just when all the talk is about what a thug Ndamukong Suh is, we get news that Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden is arrested for battery in an incident with his girlfriend.
Of course we accept that a person is innocent until proven in a court of law to be guilty. However, this doesn’t look good for Walden or the team.
We can only hope there is some sort of misunderstanding here, but even so, it is time for the team to make adjustments on the field.
Early reports were conflicting. It was originally reported across the Internet that Walden was arrested early Friday morning after an altercation around 2:30 a.m. at the couple’s apartment on Scheuring Road in the town of Lawrence, south of Green Bay.
Those first reports indicated that Walden’s girlfriend was the one who called police about 6:10 a.m. That was after police said she was treated at St. Vincent Hospital for a cut and bump on her head and an injured right hand.
Later reports said hospital personnel were the ones who called the police and that the woman said it was a misunderstanding. Later reports have the woman saying that during an argument with Walden she had accidentally fallen and hit her head on the bed.
Well, this is a story we’ve all heard before … from victims after the fact in an attempt to cover the truth and to protect the perpetrator.
But again, we won’t pass judgment … We’ll let the courts do that.
Regardless, Walden will sit the weekend in jail because of the fact that the Brown County Courthouse won’t be open until Monday.
On the field, Walden hasn’t been dominating at his outside linebacking position, but has been steady in his role.
The position has been manned mostly by Walden this season, but Frank Zombo has also played some downs when he has been healthy.
Right now, the hope is that Zombo can play and stay healthy because of the uncertainty raised by this situation with Walden.
The Packers organization issued a brief statement yesterday saying they were doing more investigation before commenting any more about Walden.
We’re sure the Packers will simply let the system run its course, as they should. Unless some other details come forth and Walden is exonerated in this case, it’s most likely that we’ve seen the last of Mr. Walden readying to rush the quarterback.
He’s most likely going to be readying his own defense.
Judging from past history, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy won’t stand for this type of behavior and Walden will be packing his bags sooner than later.