If you didn’t know, now you know

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What a sweet, sweet offseason of vindication it has been for Atlanta Falcons fans.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we did to accrue all these karma points, but they have overwhelmingly come back in our favor the last few months. First, it was the Saints’ bounty scandal, where we had the pleasure of learning that our archrivals really are dirtballs.

Every fanbase should be so lucky.

But this week came the news that Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino had a mishap that might ruin his career. If you don’t know the story, Petrino used to coach for the Falcons, very briefly, before he left them in the middle of the night to go back to coaching in the college game, in Fayetteville.

He quit on the Falcons when they were at their most vulnerable, beaten and bruised from a bad season following the jailing of Michael Vick, the franchise player. Petrino told owner Arthur Blank, “You have a head coach,” declaring his loyalty to the team. Then he was gone less than 24 hours later.

He left a letter for his players, on their lockers, to let them know their coach was fleeing the disaster in the middle of the night:

Atlanta Falcons players:

Out of my respect for you, I am letting you know that, with a heavy heart, I resigned today as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. This decision was not easy, but it was made in the best interests of me and my family. While my desire would have been to finish out what has been a difficult season for us all, circumstances did not allow me to do so. I appreciate your hard work and wish you the best.


Bobby Petrino.

It was a good idea in theory, until the players he deserted didn’t buy it.

“It got to the point where guys really didn’t care if he left or not. But the way he decided to leave, to me, was just not right.” – Warrick Dunn

“This league is not for everybody. This league is for real men. I think he realized he didn’t belong here.” – Lawyer Milloy

“It just shows his true color, like a coward with a yellow stripe down his back.” – Grady Jackson

“One word: Disloyal.” – Jamaal Anderson

“For my profession, I’m always very disappointed when things like this happen. Kind of leave it at that. This profession needs to handle itself better at times.” – Brian Billick, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens at the time

In other words, those of us who rooted for Petrino to succeed in Atlanta already knew he was a lying coward. But if you didn’t know then, you learned this week.

Meet 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell.

AP Photo/University of Arkansas, Wesley Hitt

She was just hired by Petrino to work for the football team as a student-athlete development coordinator, and she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. She also played volleyball during her time at the school.

And she was also on the motorcycle that Petrino wrecked earlier this week.

Why is this a big issue? Because Petrino is a married father/grandfather who lied about being alone at the scene of the accident the other night, and has since fessed up to having a prior relationship with Dorrell.

So now Arkansas has probable cause to fire Petrino for being a lying coward.

How sweet.

Now that he has been suspended from the football program at Arkansas, the board of directors has an important decision to make — do you continue to employ a winner after he lied to you, or do you cut him loose and risk your standing as what looks to be a top-5 football program in the upcoming year?

While they ponder that, I have a suggestion for Becky Petrino, Bobby’s wife. Take that letter your husband left on every Falcon’s locker in 2007, and leave it on his mirror at home.

She’d only need to change a few words to make it fit this situation perfectly, too.


Out of my respect for you, I am letting you know that, with a heavy heart, I resigned today as your wife. This decision was not easy, but it was made in the best interests of me and my family. While my desire would have been to finish out what has been a difficult marriage for me, circumstances did not allow me to do so. I appreciate your hard work and wish you the best.


Becky Petrino.

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16 Comments on “If you didn’t know, now you know”

  1. April 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    In all facets of his life, both personal and professional, this is one pathetic man!

    • Sean Breslin
      April 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm #


  2. April 7, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    I agree, Petrino is a scumbag. The way he left the Falcons and now this, pretty pitiful!

  3. April 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    They call it Karma, what goes around comes around. You can’t just crap all over people and walk away scott free without facing consequences. Eventually the universe does a course correction and the collateral damage you left behind catches back up to you.

    Things happen for a reason. And now the Falcons are a perennial playoff team, with a very good coach they can be proud of in Mike Smith. And now the pain that Bobby Petrino caused has come back to him literally and figuratively. He looks so rediculous battered and bruised wearing that neck brace in disgrace. I hope that ride was worth it, because it’s gonna cost him big time.

    • Sean Breslin
      April 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      Petrino was probably never going to be successful in the NFL, so it’s probably for the best that the experiment only lasted a few months. Doesn’t mean I have to like the guy, though.

  4. April 8, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Let’s also not forget about the time Petrino agreed to a secret job interview with Auburn before they had let Tommy Tuberville know he was going to be fired. Scumbag.

    • Sean Breslin
      April 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      He does way too many things in secret. Sign of a shady person.

  5. dreamer9177
    April 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Petrino has always been a scumbag. After all, he was at loserville

  6. April 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Petrino was a jerk at Louisville, Atlanta and Arkansas

    • Sean Breslin
      April 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      That is an absolute fact.

    • April 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      by the way. great article, enjoyed reading it.

      • Sean Breslin
        April 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

        Thank you so much!

  7. dreamer9177
    April 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    BP now has the distinction of being Persona Non Grata in both the NCAA and NFL. Stay classy, BP

    • Sean Breslin
      April 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      The funny thing about bad guys is that they’re bad guys no matter where they go. Have fun explaining this to Ohio State fans who currently think Urban Meyer will do them better.

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