Should They Have Named Packer Teammates in Sexual Assault Allegation Story?

There’s a couple things that are bothering me about this sexual assault allegation issue that happened over the weekend with one of the Green Bay Packers. Besides the fact that one of the Packers may be guilty of this awful thing, the thing that gets me is that they named the players who are innocent, but kept the name of the alleged guilty player in confidence.

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This seems wrong. I think they shouldn’t have released any of the names until they knew what was going on. I think all the identities (victim and alleged perpetrator) should be kept under wraps until they know exactly who did what, or until they are ready to charge someone. Instead, they released all the players names who “were cleared.” To me, that still gave them some blame.

Now, I don’t know what happened. I don’t like the fact that there were seven Packers in a cabin and that two women were possibly attacked. I don’t know what the six other Packer players were doing, but my immediate reaction (as I wrote on this blog) was that the whole thing made me incredibly angry with the lot of them. I think part of that was because I knew the names, could picture their faces, and wonder what the deuce they were doing.

I’m not the only one that feels that way.

The six Packer teammates themselves are also irritated that their names were released, while the one being investigated wasn’t (and incidentally, that player is supposedly Brandon Underwood according to a Milwaukee news outlet.)

What do you think about all this? Should these players names have been released? Should the alleged attacker’s name have been released instead? Or none of the names?

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