As we have learned this week, Browns WR Davone Bess is troubled, but the latest development is that this isn’t anything new for him. CBS Sports reports that the Dolphins organization knew that Bess was having personal issues that could possibly affect is performance at work and failed to disclose this information to the Browns before trading him in April 2013. Bess was arrested shortly before the trade and his family had him committed against his will for evaluation according to Armando Salguero from the Miami Herald.
“While the Dolphins knew Bess was troubled,” Salguero wrote, “sources confirm they took a don’t-ask-don’t-tell approach on the matter when shopping and trading Bess. The Dolphins did not offer information on Bess’ apparent personal instability.”
“Credibility and respect are currency in the NFL and no one wants to be bankrupt,” Salguero points out. “You have no idea how many NFL people I talk to tell me about the respect they have for one another despite the fact they want to bash each other’s heads in on game day.”
The Dolphins and GM Jeff Ireland parted ways earlier this month, but if these allegations are true, then neither the organization nor Ireland will fare well within the NFL community for this debacle. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is stressing “integrity” as a quality that he is looking for most from his new GM, and the emergence of these details on the Bess trade is a good example of why. Meanwhile Bess remains on the Browns roster since all rosters are frozen until the postseason is over.