Dennis Schroder is arrested, and I wonder if he’s ready to lead Hawks

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Brookhaven Police arrested Hawks guard Dennis Schroder at 2 a.m. this morning on a misdemeanor battery charge. I never take a police report as gospel truth (remember Thabo Sefolosha?) and Schroder is entitled to his day in court. But this is not a good look for the player the Hawks have spent the past week touting as more mature and ready to lead, with Schroder echoing the same.

According to the police report, a video of the incident showed Schroder “initiate contact” with the victim in the parking lot outside of a hookah bar on Buford Highway. Police say Schroder and three other people later all struck the victim with their hands and feet.

Dennis Schroder’s mugshot (Brookhaven Police)

Again, that’s just what the police report says. We don’t know the circumstances that led up to the alleged incident. And I’ll never be the one to tsk-tsk players for being out late when they don’t have to work anytime soon (the Hawks are off today). I shrugged off the news about Dwight Howard’s traffic tickets.

But if there’s video that shows what the police say it shows, then it was a spectacularly dumb and immature move by Schroder. He’s the best Hawks player left during this rebuild. He’s a budding star at 24 years old, and the Hawks need this to be his team. They are showcasing Schroder heavily in their marketing push.

With so much at stake, what the hell is Schroder doing (allegedly) getting in a fight outside of a hookah bar? Incidents like this just reinforce the perception that Schroder is not ready to be the face of the Hawks.

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MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

What is in the world is a "hookah bar"?  


Also if he had hit a woman........guaranteed 10 game suspension but by hitting another dude, the Hawks will just release a statement saying he has apologized and has learned from his mistake and will grow from it. 

OahuATLfan
OahuATLfan

He has shown his immaturity on and off the court. Hope for his sake and the team's sake that he grows up real soon.

kman81
kman81

Cut him. this guys is dumb enough to invest money into owning his own bar when most of them fail within 2-3 years.  When you start getting into 2 am fights on Buford highway, you probably aren't going to make it too much longer.

Big Wally
Big Wally

I guess Dennis will be kneeling during the National Anthem this year.  Free Dennis.  No Justice, no peace.  LOL.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Just what the projected worst team in the NBA needs.

The crap simply never ends for ATL pro teams--does it, fans?

"Losersville" lives!

Big Wally
Big Wally

@DawgNole Atlanta United DN,  Atlanta United. Hawks, Braves are bad and will be bad for the next 10 years.  Falcons? .

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Big Wally

I'm looking at a city's 51 years of miserable major pro sports history, BW. FIVE teams, FIVE-plus decades, 170-plus seasons, ONE championship.

The crap NEVER ends!

Big Wally
Big Wally

@DawgNole @Big Wally No accountability. Soft media who would rather be invited to golf tournaments and parties than say anything critical of a team/front office/owner. Don't forget the immature John Schuerholts once made the team's own announcers pay their own way back home once because they were critical of the team.  The Braves are about to lose 90+ games 3 years in a row.  You won't hear the Braves announcers say that, but you will hear them talk about how great the farm system is.  I could go on, but I won't.

mgunter
mgunter

Gota love Pro Jocks....... they are just brilliant folks. Nothing good happens at 2am! Too dumb to know any better!