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TEMPE, Ariz. (March 12, 2007) -- The Arizona Cardinals fired wide receivers coach Richie Anderson four days after his arrest in a police prostitution sting operation.

Anderson, a fullback in the NFL for 13 seasons, was hired by new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt in January.

Anderson, 35, was arrested March 8 on an accusation of soliciting an undercover Phoenix police officer posing as a prostitute.

"I wanted a chance to review the details of the situation before making any decision," Whisenhunt said in a statement released by the team. "While it's disappointing, I've decided that this is clearly in the best interests of our team in this particular instance. Our focus is now on finding a replacement and I am confident we will be able to do that relatively soon."

Anderson played for the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys before retiring after the 2005 season. He was a 2000 Pro Bowl selection while with the Jets and holds the team record for receptions by a running back at 305.

He was assistant wide receivers and tight ends coach for the Jets last season.

Well, way to go, Richie, you've managed to get yourself fired in the course of two months, without any games played in the interim. I mean, it's not up to O'Leary standards but...

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do. Unless this guy was actually a really crappy coach and it's good to find any reason to unload the schmuck, then I don't see how it's really good. Now they have another vacancy on the staff that has to be addressed in the middle of March, long after most coaches have already settled in for their 2007 jobs.

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do. Unless this guy was actually a really crappy coach and it's good to find any reason to unload the schmuck, then I don't see how it's really good. Now they have another vacancy on the staff that has to be addressed in the middle of March, long after most coaches have already settled in for their 2007 jobs.

It's a sign of the times. Character is a hot button at the moment. Personally, I'm glad because there's far too little personal accountability in the world.

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Exactly. Besides, if a 37 year old payroll clerk who has never played a down of NFL football in his life can get chicks, a 35 year old former fullback should be dripping in honey.

The real outrage here is that a former FB is a WR coach. That's just silly.

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

I can't wait until a major pro team sets up in Las Vegas. With prostitution being legal, moral clauses would become somewhat unenforceable.

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

I can't wait until a major pro team sets up in Las Vegas. With prostitution being legal, moral clauses would become somewhat unenforceable.

And if they go to a Legal Brothel then its their business.

The Bottom Line is Anderson was stupid, and with the rash of arrests in the NFL the Cards had no choice.

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We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

Not if he had a "conduct detrimental to the image of the team" clause in his contract.

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

I'm just saying; when Lee Laminger gets busted for prostitution he moves to Vancouver, finds another opportunity and picks up the pieces.

So should this guy have to.

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

I'm just saying; when Lee Laminger gets busted for prostitution he moves to Vancouver, finds another opportunity and picks up the pieces.

So should this guy have to.

Congratulations - you've just offended every Vancouverite for suggesting that their city is a repository for miscreant Winnipeggers. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

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Why is it good for the Cardinals? What does soliciting a prostitute have to do with coaching a football team? As if this is the worst thing a football player or coach has ever done or will do.

So a guy should keep his job until his receivers fail to perform or he murders someone? Are you really knocking a team for holding an employee to some semblance of the standards that you and I are held to?

We are not held to the same standard. It would be illegal for your employer to fire you for such a reason. What a person does on their own time (by and large) is just that -- their own. With that said, in right to work states, an employer could fire you for no reason. To state a reason would invite wrongful termination issues.

I can't wait until a major pro team sets up in Las Vegas. With prostitution being legal, moral clauses would become somewhat unenforceable.

Prostitution isn't legal in Las Vegas.

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