The question has been posted across the Internet: Should Erik Walden play for the Green Bay Packers Sunday?
My answer: Absolutely.
The Packers’ outside linebacker who sat in jail last weekend after being arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse was released Monday without being charged … And until he’s charged, he has to be presumed innocent.
If he’s charged between now and Sunday, that’s a different situation.
However, until then, he’s still slated as the Packers’ starting outside linebacker and should be allowed to play. Let the system run its course and if he’s innocent … No harm done. If he’s guilty, then you let the courts do its job.
But right now, Packers’ head Coach Mike McCarthy should do what’s right and play the man.
Walden led the team in tackles in their last game against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day and given that it’s probable that both inside linebackers, Desmond Bishop and AJ Hawk, may not see the field, then it’s even more important that the experienced Walden should play.
At this point, even Brown County police and the district attorney can’t figure out if Walden committed a crime. If he did, they will charge him. If he didn’t, then he should be allowed to move on with his life.
In the meantime, the answer is yes, Erik Walden should play Sunday against the New York Giants.