By now we’re all aware of the zero tolerance policy Jim Caldwell implements toward domestic violence.

But obviously former Lions guard Rodney Austin never got the memo. Austin was released by the Lions over a week ago for his consequential actions and poor play over the previous season.

During a predraft conference last week, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew expressed his opinion on the release of Austin.

“I found out that he had a domestic violence incident last Thursday. So if there was some speculation about when I found that out, it was last Thursday. I wanted to sit down and talk to him about that. I talked to him and decided the best thing for us to do was move on from him,” Martin mentioned.

Head coach Jim Caldwell is notorious for his firm resolution concerning domestic violence, resonating within the front office of the organization.

However, Martin did express grace toward Austin, leaving the possibility of signing the former guard in the future, on the table.

“I told him, I said, ‘Hey, I have not closed the door on bringing him back.’ But until he gets his legal issues resolved, I thought the best thing for us to do as a franchise was to move on.”
Not only should this serve as another example for other Detroit Lions players to avoid legal issues, but it should also help the organization stay focused on playing football, not the court.