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Analyst Rips Steelers for Signing Cam Sutton: ‘It’s a Bad Look’



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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk didn’t mince words. He thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers decision to sign cornerback Cam Sutton is pathetic and desperate.

“I don’t get what the Steelers are doing here. Other than we had this guy for six years, we got him cheap. He’s a starting corner. We got him cheap. And we’ll just deal with this crap. And it’s a lot of crap,” Florio said during a segment on PFT Live. “And it’s a bad look for the Steelers that they gave this guy a second chance.”

Sutton was released by the Detroit Lions earlier this offseason following an arrest on a felony domestic violence charge. That charge was later downgraded to a misdemeanor and Sutton entered a pre-trial diversion program.

Sutton, 29, was originally drafted by the Steelers out of Tennessee in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played six seasons for the Steelers from 2017-22.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, the probable cause affidavit stated: “During the argument, Sutton picked up the woman and slammed her into a wall, then bit her on the neck, leaving a quarter-sized abrasion that bled. . . . Sutton then grabbed the woman by the face and neck and choked her, causing her to briefly lose consciousness. . . . The altercation continued into the living room of the home, where Sutton held down the woman by her hair and struck her twice with his fist, causing a knot to form on the woman’s forehead.”

Lions team president Rod Wood said that when the club learned of the outstanding warrant, Sutton was actually in the building. The Lions released him immediately. Sutton turned himself in 10 days after his release.

“You either care about this stuff or you don’t,” Florio said. “And the Lions do. The Lions cut him right away! The Lions didn’t wait for anything. You’re gone. They gave him all that signing bonus money. You’re gone, that’s it. Bye-bye. Steelers say come on home.”

Florio also took issue with Sutton harping on “adversity” during his interview with the media at OTAs on Wednesday.

“He’s almost characterizing himself as a victim. ‘We all go through adversity.’ Some adversity is set upon us,” Florio said. “Some adversity we create by the things we do.”

Florio, who’s a former lawyer, also gave his take on if the NFL will suspend Sutton based on the NFL’s personal conduct policy on domestic violence. Punishment for violation of the personal conduct policy involving domestic violence is typically at least six games.

“If he goes into a pretrial diversion program, then he is subject to discipline,” Florio told Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller on 93.7 The Fan. “But again, you have to ask the question of how aggressively the alleged victim will cooperate. They’re gonna be left with whatever the facts are that he’s admitted to in order to get into that diversion program.”

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
June 7, 2024 8:29 am

as a true Steelers fan, Steelers Omar Khan didn’t have to bring back CB Cameron Sutton it was a waste of money

J Lowe
J Lowe
June 7, 2024 9:13 am

I just don’t see Sutton as helping the Steelers this year. If he isn’t facing suspension, there is something wrong with the league. Got to be an eight-game suspension, minimum. Possibly a year. This has the look of Uncle Mike charity. It isn’t the money so much as the Steeler’s reputation. Then again, this is the organization that signed Michael Vick. At least Vick paid the price before his second chance. This dude beats, bites, and throws his wife around, flees, evades arrest, and hides. ‘Khan man’ is earning his name.

Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
June 7, 2024 11:08 am

“But again, you have to ask the question of how aggressively the alleged victim will cooperate,” says Florio. You can say that I use, ‘Old Covenant AND New Covenant — Old School AND New School,’ to a personal learning standard on issues like this… To this day, I am reminded of the Baltimore Ravens’ RB, Rice… His girl forgave him, didn’t press charges and he was, basically, banished from the NFL… Eventually they got married and today are still married… Who were people like Florio and the NFL to pass judgement on Rice beyond what his woman and God passed?… Read more »

June 7, 2024 6:27 pm

While not to equate the two diverse situations, Florio should be somewhat familiar with second chances and.personal growth…”In June 2020, disparaging comments Florio had made about the LGBT community and derogatory comments he made about the disabled community in PFT articles in 2005 and 2006 came to light. These comments included the use of derogatory terms such as “homos”, “fruits”, “queers” and “fudge packers”. Florio issued an apology for these comments on June 26, 2020.” (Wikipedia)

June 8, 2024 1:20 pm

Florio? No, thanks. I was never a fan. He has somethings he’s had to apologize for. Mostly hateful name calling he’s had to backtrack.