YardBarker- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has cultivated a reputation of being a players’ coach. But he’s also a no-nonsense guy who has little to no patience for mistakes, even arguably small ones.
The story goes, as covered in an episode of “All or Nothing,” the eight-part Amazon Video series about the team’s 2015 season, that Arians wasn’t happy with how defensive end Lawrence Okoye parked in a reserved spot at the team’s practice facility.
Arians discussed the minor transgression by Okoye, a former British Olympian, with team officials.
“There weren’t any parking places, so he just parked and came running in,” Arians said. “Tough s—, bro.”
Okoye was cut on Oct. 21, shortly after the incident.
“He has a different sense of entitlement having been an Olympian,” Arians said of Okoye. “He is a talented guy. He ought to go to Oxford.”
“If there’s a sign on a parking place anywhere in this facility, don’t park in the b–ch,” he said. “Or I’ll tow your ass.”
Well - technically speaking - I guess that's a factually incorrect headline seeing as the parking of his car in a reserved spot was what inevitably cost a player his job with the Arizona Cardinals. However, I think it bears noting that the player in question wasn't very good. So yeah, Bruce Arians did - in fact - cut someone over a parking spot, but a more accurate headline would be 'Bruce Arians Cut A Crappy, Useless, Entitled Lineman That Didn't Play Football In High School Or College And Was Barely Worth His Spot On The Practice Squad Over A Parking Space'. When you put it like that, it actually makes perfect sense that he was sent packing for failing to give himself enough time to get to practice without breaking the rules of the lot.
That's the whole reason that coaches keep camp bodies - that stand next to no chance of making the team - around in the first place. It gives them someone to run ragged when the players that matter need a breather, and it gives them someone to fire when the players that matter need to be reminded that their Head Coach isn't to be fucked with. So Lawrence Okoye's real transgression wasn't taking someone else's spot, it was taking the spot of someone farrrrrr more important which - at that point - was pretty clearly every single other person employed by the organization. If you don't want to have an example made of you then make sure you are capable of more on a football field than a sacrificial goat. Either that or show up early and get to walking.