Hartline Could Be The Next PFT Target

(January 30, 2001 - Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images North America)Profootballtalk.com has had it in for the Miami Dolphins this off-season and it looks like the Miami players are far from ready to let PFT find something or someone else to talk about.  News out of Miami has WR Brian Hartline, in line, for the next target of Mike Florio.

This issue at hand is a pick-up truck belonging to the wide-out that was found abandoned on the side of a Florida interstate.  It was left at the scene of an accident with a parked car.  The question is, who was driving?

The accident occurred on the morning of July 3rd and is being investigated by local police.  If Hartline is found to have been driving the vehicle he will face misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident.  If alcohol was involved he will face more trouble.  The next question is how will they know unless he was tested the night of the accident?

It’s hard to believe that anyone but Hartline was in the driver’s seat.  A stolen vehicle would have been reported missing, a friend who was driving it surely would have notified Hartline before the truck was towed away.

So that either means that Hartline was driving or in the passenger seat.  Either way, it’s likely that he will end up facing some team and/or league discipline…even if only a slap on the wrist…which is the most likely outcome.

The bigger picture is that the Phins are set to open training camp in two weeks and Hartline is expected to challenge for the number 2 spot.  Will his mind be on other things?

The Dolphins are a team with an already bruised eye.  Alcohol related issues have plagued the team since the season ended.  Highlighted by Ronnie Brown’s drunk driving, Will Allen’s drunk driving, and of course the domestic abuse attached to Phillip Merling and Tony McDaniel.

In other words, PFT should have a field day with this one.

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