So what’s the take-away from the Ryan Mathews arrest story this week?
A popular news website called examiner.com reported that the Chargers running backn Mathews had been arrested Sunday night during a fight outside a Gaslamp night club.
A few hours later, we all found out it was not true. Mathews had not been arrested and San Diego police confirmed that he had not been arrested.
But the story was out there and there were calls on the talk shows and comments on Facebook and Twitter from fans who quickly believed the false report…with some even calling on the Chargers to dump Mathews.
And you have to wonder if so many fans and sports commentators would have been so quick to believe the story had it reported that quarterback Philip Rivers had been arrested.
Was it because Ryan Mathews has been criticized by fans for his fumbles and style?
Was it because of a string of recent and real arrests of NFL players?
Or was it because Ryan Mathews is African-American?
It does make you wonder.