In case anyone was wondering, Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown wants to alleviate your concerns: he is still as incompetent and unable to handle grown-man business in 2011 as he was back in 1991 when he first took the head seat at the table. Since that point, mind you, his Bengals have been mired in mediocrity at best, and cringe worthy awfulness the rest of the time.
In the last 20 seasons, the Bengals have accumulated exactly two winning years. Two. In a league that prides itself on parity above all else, Brown has somehow managed to take his franchise down into the pits of embarrassment so often that many have made it a personal mission to figure out why.
Why and how someone with this much experience at losing can’t find a way to learn from his mistakes and adapt somehow in a manner that would allow Cincinnati’s miserable fan base to have some semblance of happiness.
Well, Brown opted to provide fans and critics alike with yet another window into his idiocy when he took to explaining why he was ruling out any possibility whatsoever of trading dissatisfied ex-franchise quarterback, Carson Palmer. By now everyone has heard the story. Palmer, tired of being at the helm of one of the NFL’s perennial laughingstocks demanded a trade. Brown and Co. refused to comply with the request. Palmer threatened to retire. Brown didn’t budge. Palmer made it clear he’s done.
The worst part of the whole situation is Brown’s steadfast stubbornness when it comes to doing something stupid. When asked why he wouldn’t just trade his unhappy passer for draft picks instead of letting him retire out of spite, the Bengals owner responded with the exact type of nonsensical comeback that you would expect from a man with his credentials.
“Carson signed a contract. He made a commitment. He gave his word,” Brown replied. “We relied on his word. We relied on his commitment. We expected him to perform here. He’s going to walk away from his commitment. We aren’t going to reward him for doing it.”
Keep in mind, this is a team with a young quarterback waiting for his opportunity who could use the weapons that a Palmer-for-anything trade would bring. But no, the boss of bosses of the family would rather kill his squad’s chances of winning than make the rational, common sense, adult move.
Well, at least the guy is consistent in his devotion to absurdity. Congratulations Cincinnati, you guys got a real winner.
Video of Brown saying dumb things below.