Has Robinson learned his lesson?

Wide receiver begins 90-day jail sentence, but his focus is questionable

When many athletes in the NFL set out to seek their fortune as unrestricted free agents after March 1, Koren Robinson will be in a jail either in Minnesota or Wisconsin shoveling snow, or banging out license plates.

Robinson was handed his 90-day jail sentence on Tuesday in in Nicollet County Court outside of Minneapolis after leading officers on a high-speed chase from St. Peter to Mankato when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings last August. The Packers wide receiver will be on probation for the next three years, and he will have to complete 80 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine.

Robinson is a lucky guy. He's lucky because he didn't hurt or kill anyone while driving at a high speed in Minnesota, and in a previous incident in Seattle. He's lucky that the Packers are giving him a second chance to revive his football career.

Is Robinson remorseful for what he has done? It seemed like it whenever he was approached by the media, including this scribe, while he was with the Packers for about a month last season. And he showed some remorse in court on Tuesday, according to news report. But a red flag that went up in my mind while reading an Associated Press story on Robinson is that he is ‘trying to avoid alcohol.'

Trying? How about quitting?! How about not even thinking about drinking alcohol or taking any other kinds of drugs? How about dropping these bad habits immediately?

It seems that the only way Robinson will avoid falling into the same traps that he has found himself in recently is to commit to being straight. Those who can do it, like Brett Favre, find ways to bounce back from an addiction that can wreck your life and those around you. Those who don't, fall into that deep, dark hole.

Let's hope that the 90 days Robinson serves, beginning March 1, will not only give him plenty of time to think about what he has done, but a start to a alcohol and drug-free life. His family sure will appreciate it, and so will the Green Bay Packers.

Robinson can help himself and the Packers as long as he helps himself. He says he has been to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, which is a great start. But if he can avoid alcohol and drugs and focus on what he does best, like running routes and catching passes, everybody wins.

Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.

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