Lions terminate the contract of CB Aaron Berry

Posted by ttwentyman on July 23, 2012 – 11:31 am

The Lions have terminated the contract of Lions cornerback Aaron Berry after he was arrested for a second time in a month over the weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Berry was released due to “personal conduct which adversely affects the club.”

“We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.

Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm.

“Mr. Berry was taken into custody early Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault on allegations that a firearm was brandished by Mr. Berry,” said. Corp. Gautsch of the Harrisburg City Police Department.

Berry was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information.

It appears the team has finally reached it’s boiling point with this latest run-in with the law, the team’s seventh this offseason.

Berry was supposed to enter training camp Thursday as one of the team’s starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston. The Lions will now look towards free agent acquisition Jacob Lacey, Alphonso Smith or rookies Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green to fill that role – at least initially.

Berry was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010 and earned a starting nickel role out of camp that season. He injured his shoulder Week 1 against the Bears and was placed on injured reserve. He played the same role as the team’s starting nickel cornerback last season, and even started three games in Houston’s absence last year. He was expected to be a big contributor on defense this year.

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28 Responses to “Lions terminate the contract of CB Aaron Berry”

  1. By Jeff on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with this action by the team. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson and a reminder for they rest of the team to avoid any further infractions.

  2. By JP O'Flaherty on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I guess when you are critical of a team for lack of action, you should likewise congratulate them for taking appropriate action albeit delayed. Berry obviously has some sort of problem he needs to have resolved, but that is not the responsibility of his employer. The Lions have demonstrated an abundance of understanding and compassion in dealing with these “problem children” millionaires. I for one am glad to see that they have reached the end of that compassionate tendency, and hope it carries forward into the future. These kids are being employed and paid like professionals at the top of their craft. If they want the “Big Bucks” they better start understanding that they are given a gift which can easily be taken away. Now let’s get the best replacement piece in place, and forget about the “Berry” mistake.

  3. By DON on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    So glad camp has started and the kids are off the street. It was an ugly spring and those that got in trouble should be ashamed and be very grateful they are still on the team making more money in a week than many families make in a year or more! Now just go do it, bring it and win Detroit Lions.

  4. By RBB on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I for one am glad they cut ties with him, never liked him much anyway and then the twitter thing last season”Ya’ll can go back to being broke and miserable”. C’mon really? That’s how you talk to your fanbase. He chokes when good players step up and make plays, for instance the dropped INT in the playoffs. Glad he is gone thank you Lions you made the right decision, now I won’t have to root for a guy I could never be a fan of.

  5. By P Mason on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I applaud the Lions’ decision to cut Berry loose. Hopefully this will get the attention of others and they see that management is taking a hard line against any further transgressions. It takes a lifetime to build a reputation (the Lions have been known over the years as a team that does things the right way, if not a winner), but we’ve seen that it takes the actions of one person or a few to harm that reputation.

  6. By sherry on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    he deserved it for being stupid, but we are already short in that postion. Just screws us over.

  7. By WIlionsfan on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Good move by the organization. It shows that the organization is finally listening to the fans. Keep cleaning it up.

  8. By sandiegolion on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is no punishment for Berry. He will be on a roster as soon as his suspension is over.

  9. By etheisen on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thank goodness he’s outta here! I’m sick of these players putting their own selfish needs before the team. Fairley, Leshoure and everyone else on the team take note.

  10. By shane on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with this….but I still want to play devils addvocate and wonder if Leshoure or Fairly switched spots with im if he would have been cut. But I agree this offseason for the Lions as been one to forget, there has been a lot of this lately all over th eleague but they needed to do something.

  11. By shane on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    After reading the comments I forgot about his little tweet lat year telling us we can all go back to being broke and miserable. I hope no one picks this guy up and he will looking for a job for minnimum wage. He obviously wont be able to save the money he has already made because he has no idea about life.

  12. By Feld on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad to see him gone. His behavior, starting with that tweet at the end of the season, has shown he had no respect or appreciation for the position he was in and felt he could do whatever he wanted. While Fairley and Leshoure are on thin ice, I agree with the decision to keep them (for now) and cut Berry. There’s a big difference between smoking a little weed versus assault charges involving a firearm. Berry always seemed like he wanted to be a thug. Good riddance.

  13. By Jennifer on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    You’d think with all that money he’d be able to afford a cab when he decides to drink.

  14. By little on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    So glad to see management finally cut ties with Berry, albeit a week or two late. Good riddance, now you can get back to being broke, miserable, and incarcerated jerk!

  15. By Michael on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I applaud the Lions management for this move. These players that have been arrested this off season has brought nothing but negativity and bad press to an organization that finally is moving in the right direction. It certainly will be interesting if the Lions management will continue to have this same tough stance when more of a star big name player is arrested or will they give them a pass like they have done earlier this off season?

  16. By ElReyDeLeon on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, his departure will leave us short for the start of camp, but CB’s with his mediocre level of talent are a dime a dozen. He won’t be missed.

  17. By Golferjohn on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully now we can down to the business of football. Goooooo Lions!!!!

  18. By john on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    some kids grow up and some don’t but they are very young to be thrown so much money

  19. By ROBERT SCOTT on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply


  20. By jacksprat57 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    “It appears the team has finally reached it’s boiling point with this latest run-in with the law, the team’s seventh this off-season.” –ttwentyman…..Tim, scratch the “finally” from that sentence. The new CBA reserves all discipline to Roger. The only sanction left the teams is the nuclear option, firing them. None of the other offenses warranted that option. The mere fact that they’ve experienced a statistical cluster of idiots in this one off-season never merited singling out a Judas goat to eighty-six. A man should do the time for his OWN crimes, not those of others. Now, I suspect that the “boiling points” of JS, MM, and TL long ago were reached. However, what would have been accomplished had they overreacted as so many have suggested? The loss of the confidence of their team, is my guess. Who wants to work for guys who run about the yard like so many chickens with freshly severed heads? Good on them for keeping their powder dry. A sarcastic thanks are due Aaron Berry, for having given them the opportunity to act decisively against someone whose ex-teammates can fairly understand to have deserved what he got. Everybody wants to work for people who will treat them each with dignity, justly.

  21. By ROBERT on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply


  22. By jacksprat57 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, Aaron Berry, my main man! Now, YOU can “go back to being broke and miserable”, my brother! Guess what, homey-clown? Unlike almost all of the rest of us, YOU can spend your future hours in your prison cell, quietly contemplating the fact that YOU were nearly the only one who gave up “the Life” so that you might also BE “broke and miserable”. Dimwit!

  23. By jacksprat57 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    “I agree with this….but I still want to play devils addvocate and wonder if Leshoure or Fairly switched spots with im if he would have been cut.” –shane….Shane, my guess is that the team would have cut either of them. The NY Giants cut a proven player of roughly equal ability, merely for trying to shoot off his OWN junk. Berry (allegedly) laser-ranged another human being with his Glock. That’s a step below and beyond, if you ask me. Roger, I suspect, will agree. This kid may never again play for anybody in the league.

  24. By jacksprat57 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed, John, which is why I’m a lot more inclined to cut most of these guys some slack than are many fans. Berry’s misdeeds, however, were already much worse than any of the other Lions this off-season. His latest actions put him in the same ballpark with Reggie Rogers.

  25. By mike on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    Who’s broke and miserable now?
    dumb a$$, fool

  26. By jason9922 on Jul 23, 2012 | Reply

    I totally agree with just about all of your comments. Berry did drop a couple of COULD HAVE BEEN interceptions in that Saints game and even the commentators during the game were saying, “Wouldn’t want to be him after this season” implying he was going to be let go ASAP. But nope the Lions held onto him. The lions need to make it policy that players aren’t allowed to carry guns period. Nobody is going to rob them or try to unless they are throwing money around at a strip club. That’s where 99% of so called robberies are tried on players. Well make it a rule that if they want to play NFL pro football for the Detroit Lions they are not allowed to be in those type of situations. They already have tons, tons, tons, and more tons of hot ass women throwing themselves at them already why would you want to hang out at a nasty HIV / hepatitis full strip club with a bunch of “YA BOYZ” who mostly are your friend cuz you play ball. Damn I would be on the same behavior as a married priest if I had the chance to play in the NFL for that kind of money……Think of how many talente players we’ve seen just dissapear because of behaving like morons

  27. By mike on Jul 24, 2012 | Reply

    all the hype on Berry and he really did nothing except get in trouble…now we won’t have to listen to Gunther trying to sell him as the best cover guy they have….

  28. By wendymaddy on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    while i feel sorry for anyone who loses his job in the nfl after all the hard work of getting there, apparently the lions have decided they draw the line at gunplay in public. their liability if one of their players injures or kills someone even if the player thinks he is defending himself is the deciding factor, perhaps. the reputation of a club is bankable. aaron berry is a talented player. his personality and addiction and gun use problems are being addressed at nfl expense. it is really too bad that he did not turn himself in to that program immediately upon his arrest in the dui earlier. had he done that and the lions insisted he do it, at once, the gun incident would not have happened because he would have still been in rehab. such a pity that better judgment came too late. one hopes he will have another opportunity after he has done something to resolve his legal issues and addiction and judgment problems. in 12 step programs, i heard they say that people have to change all people, places and things in order to get well and stop drinking/drugging/acting out. since that arrest came in his home town, he shot himself in the foot, figuratively, in the very place he probably needs to avoid being in if he wants to get mentally well and physically fit again. I hope he hires a good psychiatrist to help him figure out why he is self destructive at the pinnacle of his career opportunities. some people just take themselves out of competitions by letting their nerves get the best of them and diving into a bottle or substance abuse. or the sexual abuse of women. culpepper comes to mind. an arm like a bullet, but his self talk of defeatism and bad character in arranging for a notorious sex boat party long ago led to his decline despite all that talent. i think his nerves did him in careerwise, and he never really got with a shrink to find out why. problems can be addressed and solved. it takes effort and commitment, but it is well worth it to do it.

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