Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Roger Goodell, Call Your Office
When Big Ben was suspended almost half the season by the NFL for something that only allegedly happened at a college bar in Georgia, King Roger defended the action by saying the following.
"If there's a pattern of behavior that reflects poorly on yourself, your team, and the league in general, it's important for us to have early intervention to stop that behavior and to correct the behavior."
What do you call this, then?
A pattern, perhaps? Embarrassing? Sure.
But something tells me that ol' Rog doesn't have the stones to issue another 6-gamer for VY. We shall see.
But like I said when Big Ben got his pound of arrogance from Goodell, this is a bad thing for the NEXT NFL player who gets sideways with the law.
While many black players and media members were secretly elated to see a white icon like Big Ben get clipped, this new holier-than-ever tack by the league is going to hurt future black players the most.
My answer is simple. Convictions (and guilty or no contest pleas) of crimes, equal suspensions. Period. Not charges. Not "patterns" of behavior. Not whether the league is "embarrassed."