Earlier this morning, the Colts elected to release recently arrested safety John Boyett. A quick note to anyone who occasionally has a few too many: If you represent your employer in any way, you may be risking you job. Also, do not threaten police officers. They frown upon that. That bit of tongue in cheek business aside; this is certainly an unfortunate situation for both sides.
According to Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star, aside from breaking out the now infamous “You can’t arrest me…I’m a Colts player,” Boyett also told an officer, “I am going to come back and break your jaw.”
Naturally, invoking some kind of arrest immunity based on being a Colts player, as well as threatening a law enforcement officer (and the police have their hands full with, um, partiers on South Meridian Street as it is), earned Boyett a much different treatment than fellow safety Joe Lefeged, who remains on the team.
The Colts official announcement was brief and avoided focusing on the negative:
The Indianapolis Colts today waived safety John Boyett from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
Boyett was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At Oregon, he appeared in 40 games (35 starts) over his career and totaled 278 tackles (182 solo), 30 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and a half of a sack.
So much for “The Buzz Saw,” as Chuck Pagano once called him. He was a player who held considerable potential, but was drafted late because of his injuries. Quite admirably, the Colts like giving second chances – even to players without as much promise as Boyett, but it appears he has shown us all exactly where the team draws the line.