When Cedrick Wilson was released last month following his arrest for assaulting his former girlfriend in a crowded bar, many pundits claimed the Steelers weren’t being consistent.
Why did the team release Wilson and not linebacker James Harrison or running back Najeh Davenport, two players facing similar charges?
At the time, I simply stated that while Wilson allegedly punched his former girlfriend in a crowded bar with multiple witnesses, there were no witnesses in Harrison and Davenport’s cases other than the two men and the two women involved.
In the past couple of weeks, charges against Harrison were dropped, while Davenport won a case in court, showing that I was right.
I’m not saying that domestic violence isn’t abhorrent and doesn’t occur. But when it becomes a case of one person’s word against another, it’s awfully hard to prove guilt unless there are obvious signs of trauma. It become a case of he said-she said. And any parent knows that there is no good way to settle such disputes without evidence.
In Wilson’s case, however, with a number of witnesses available, there was no way he was going to be proven innocent.