When Trent Richardson didn’t travel with the Colts to New England for the AFC Championship Game last month, it was reported immediately that Richardson’s absence was due to him dealing with a “family emergency”, though the details of that emergency weren’t clear. Nevertheless, the Colts suspended their running back for two games without pay for not contacting the team before missing their walkthrough and flight that week.
The reaction, by and large, was little more than an amused indifference because, well, it’s Trent Richardson and he’s been a hilarious disappointment on the football field. So what if he didn’t play?
Perhaps him playing didn’t mean much to the outcome of the game, but the decision to suspend Richardson looks really bad in light of the report today in the Indianapolis Star:
However, sources said his absence was the result of serious complications with his girlfriend’s pregnancy that could potentially have endangered the life of the child.
These sources said the mother was experiencing contractions and appeared to be in premature labor at just 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Richardson, sources said, rushed her to the hospital in the early-morning hours of Jan. 17 — the same day the team departed for the New England game — missing that morning’s walkthrough in Indianapolis and the team’s chartered flight.
Now, the Colts’ handling of Richardson could come under scrutiny because being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team allows the Colts to cut the underperforming running back without paying the final season of his current contract.
The Mike Florio types would have you believe that missing football obligations because of trivial things like “the birth of your child” is out of the question. That, unfortunately, seems to also be the view of cynical football teams looking to cut players without consequence. This wasn’t even a standard delivery. It was a serious medical emergency. However bad you think Richardson has been on the field, the Colts are trying to screw him out of money he is already owed.