Aldon Smith has had numerous issues in the last few years, most recently his arrest at the Los Angeles airport for referencing a bomb. Today, Fox Sports has a story on Smith’s pre-draft psychological evaluation, entitled “Pre-draft test said Aldon Smith was high-risk for off-field trouble.”
The article notes that Smith “was red-flagged before the 2011 draft by the North Carolina-based scouting service Human Resource Tactics, which works with subscribing NFL teams.”
This prompted a response from notable sports attorney David Cornwell, who has represented Alex Rodriguez, Jonathan Martin, and plenty of other high-profile athletes.
confidential information leaked. If NFL cannot maintain confidentiality, then players should not take the tests. http://t.co/4r58SmtoEF
— David Cornwell (@wmdavidcornwell) April 14, 2014
Cornwell has a point. We’ve seen numerous and continued leaks of the Wonderlic scores as well. Things like the psych evaluation and Wonderlic are different. These are things that result from player participation. These are not existing news in the public realm, such as an arrest. Implicit in providing information or participating in testing is confidentiality, and the NFL needs to crack down on leaks that violate it.
This leak is for what purpose? To show that these tests work? We don’t get to see all cases, where an evaluation assesses a player that we never hear about again, or gives a glowing report on a player who becomes a bad teammate.
If we did . . . well, we should not.
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