Pittsburgh Steelers second year corner Artie Burns was arrested late Thursday night driving under suspended license. He has since been released.
Burns was reportedly pulled over initially for expired plates before his suspended license was made known. The suspension was due to $1,000+ in traffic tickets, including one for going 130+ in a 60 mph zone.
This arrest should not amount too much discipline, if any, from the league or team. The hope is that it will help serve as a wake up call to Burns that he needs to mature.
The Steelers can ill afford to have one of their young core players in any sort of trouble, especially on defense. The team will most likely talk with Burns about the incident in hopes of avoiding future mishaps.
Burns is still very young as he was drafted a week or two before his 21st birthday. The hope after this incident will be that he uses it to mature and learn.
As a young player still trying to find his way, problems such as this need nipped in the bud before compounding into bigger issues.
Burns should learn from Martavis Bryant in this situation. Although they were much different reasons, any suspension can stunt a young players growth.
Burns will need to focus on football and stay out of trouble to avoid putting an obstacle in his own way to growing as a player in the league.
Pittsburgh looks for Burns to have a breakout year in his second pro year after appearing in all 16 games in 2016. They cannot afford to see Artie Burns mug shots plastered all over the sports media.
Artie Burns will most likely pay his fines and be on his way. The team hopes this is an isolated incident and will help him mature as a man and player.