Earlier this year, back in January, before Cowboys’ defensive end Anthony Spencer fought the law (and some bouncers and other employees) and the law won, the former first-rounder saw a bevy of questions arise concerning his ability to step into a major role opposite Demarcus Ware within the Cowboys defense.
Namely, when would he come of age and develop into the playmaker he was touted as coming out of Purdue?
Then the questions were put aside on the 13th of that month, when Spencer and an old buddy were back in Indianapolis.
As 24-year-olds sometimes do, Spencer got drunk with a friend and, less characteristic of average 24-year-olds, attempted to bribe the employees of the bar to stay open when they were asked to leave. Then there were the punches thrown at bouncers and belligerence towards the police. But no need to go digging up old bones.
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Let’s just call it public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
But if Jerry Jones is right, it appears that Spencer will be permitted to answer those questions in 2009.
Among other remarks at the NFL owners’ meetings, Jones said that Spencer was cleared by the legal system to play; it is unclear whether or not he will be punished by the team or the NFL.
Spencer has 70 tackles and 4.5 sacks with Dallas since being selected in the first round of the 2007 draft.