According to the Post-Gazette and numerous other outlets, everybody's favorite tantrum-throwing kicker, Jeff Reed, was cited for public intoxication last night, following the Steelers' 27-14 win over the Browns. Versions of the offending behavior are sure to vary, but it appears Mr. Reed was over-served in or around McFadden's bar back in Pittsburgh's North Shore. At which point he attempted to take on one or more of Pittsburgh's Finest.
Do you realize how much of a dick you have to be to get arrested outside a Steeler Bar/"Meat-Market" yards from the stadium...WHEN YOU'RE A FUCKING STEELER?!?!
Normally, I'd say this is a non-issue. I think I speak for the bulk of Steeler Nation when I state that Jeff has done his job at an above-average level for the past eight years. Kicking in wind-whipped Heinz Field is no easy task and he does have two Super Bowl rings. But, this is the second offense of this nature in the last year or so. Additionally, Reed's kicks have been noticeably shorter this season (most kickoffs LAND around the 15 yard line) and Reed cost us the Bears' game in the minds of some. I think it's safe to say that the Rooneys are likely to at the very least be looking at their options at jettisoning Reed.
I regularly see Reed, all fake-tanned with his NJ-Guido "blow out" hair, at Penguins home games, macking on underage chicks and just making a general ass out of himself. Having just inked a 5-year contract extension at the end of this year, I would heartily encourage Mr. Reed to fulfill the role of kicker as envisioned by every Steeler Fan everywhere if he hopes to re-sign: KNOCK IT THE FUCK OFF AND JUST KICK THE DAMN BALL.
[UPDATE: As an astute commentor pointed out, Reed's contract is up this year and he will be an Unrestricted Free Agent. CBSportsline reports that Reed's agent turned down an offer tendered by the Steelers this passed Spring. It'll be interesting to see how this affects his market value.]