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The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:03 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 9:35 am

OPENING HIT: The suspension of Cedric Benson came and went on Thursday rather quietly. Yet it was one of the most significant acts of Roger Goodell's tenure.

Benson's three-game suspension was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. The important thing to note is that Benson was being punished for incidents that happened during the lockout. To repeat: Benson is being punished for what he did during the lockout.

I've never liked Benson. I've always thought he was a bit of a clown and dumbass. He also isn't a good guy. He's been to prison for misdemeanor assault and has been an all-around jerk. In fact, Benson and jerk-dom are close cousins.

It was one of his assault cases that happened during the lockout that led to him being suspended by Goodell.

No, Benson is not a good guy, and that's probably why there was little discussion or outrage over Goodell suspending Benson for acts occurring during the lockout.

Goodell is a good man with a big intellect and solid heart but his suspending of a player for something the player did during a lockout is mystifying, at best.

There remains something just horribly arrogant about suspending a player for something he did when the league was shut down. And please don't compare the players' situation to every day Americans. The league and union have a collective bargaining agreement that had expired. The NFL had no rights over its players. Locking the players out and then saying, retroactively, that the NFL has jurisdiction over them, is supreme arrogance.

The owners wouldn't even let the players work out at team facilities but now the NFL feels it has a right to discipline them for something that happened during the lockout?

Everything in the NFL is done under the CBA. Everything. But there was no CBA during the lockout and since there was no CBA there shouldn't be any retroactive punishment.

It's because Benson is a bad guy that few people had a problem with Goodell's acts. But it shouldn't matter.

Benson will appeal and I think he has a great chance to win. (Then again I believe the appeal goes back to Goodell so strike that.) Nonethless, during the lockout, Benson was subject to America's laws, not Goodell's.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:34 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

So if the argument is that the crime (yes he went and will again go to jail during his bye week) was done during the lockout, does that mean if he killed someone during the lockout that Benson shouldn't be punished by the NFL? C'mon... at some point, common sense has to step in. The guy is a criminal and will do jail time. Nothing in that framework says it's good for the NFL. So if the suspension is due to "conduct detriment to the NFL", I'd say it doesn't matter whether the league was during a lockout or not.

To the poster who was trying to use Big Ben as an example of Goodell being a Commie Commish, please understand there's a BIG difference between not guilty and innocent. One is not necessarily the opposite of the other. Big Ben has been around enought "smoke" that I'm pretty confident there's fire somewhere. He's just been able to keep it out of the courts.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:13 am

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

Goodell is a clown. However, I don't care if the incident happened during the lockout. When Goodell suspended Roethlisberger who was NEVER charged let alone convicted of a crime he said in his statement that he will punish anyone who damages the image of the NFL. This is what Benson did. He should get suspended whether there was a lockout or not. He shouldn't have to hide behind the excuse of there being a lockout when it happened.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 2:11 am

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

We cannot be shocked by this. Goodell has actually put in for a name change to GODell.  Not to many people will disagree with tightening the reigns on these players for the behavior that is detrimental to the image of the league but recently GODell has crossed the line to what the NFL should have the right to do.

First was the 5 game suspension handed down to Terrell Pryor - WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT FOR?? The NFL is not the NCAA and whatever he did there should hold no bearing to what happens to him as a pro.  Where was the suspension to Reggie Bush for all of the violations he was involved with at USC -- or how about suspending Seatle coach Pete Carol for his part at USC??  There wasn't one and there shouldn't be one.  No player in the NFL should have to deal with a penalty for anything they did in college...

Same for coach Tressel who has to sit out a suspension as an assistant for the Colts.

Now GODell is penalizing players for behavior issues while there was no CBA?? You've heard of Girls Gone Wild...well GODell is a dickhead gone wild.

Until players fight his power through the courts his inflated ego/power will continue to swell.

Better hope you don't get the Red Zone cut from your home for 3 weeks if you get a traffic violation! 

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:44 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

Marvin is STILL working wonders in Sincinatti. Why does this clown still have a job? I know he doesn't govern over all the off field behaviour of his players but why is it cinci players almost all the time.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:12 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

If Benson had a clean record Goodel most likely would have done nothing , but Benson is a knucklehead. He is taking advantage of an oppertunity that a lot of guys would love to have. Only because he is repeat do I think this is Valid. I don't get these guys sometimes.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:22 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

It's probably a waste of time to explain this but here goes:  The Bengals consent to League rules and regulations to be a part of the league.  Think of it like this:  A contractor or an independent truck driver must have a state-issued occupational license to work in the state.  They don't work for the state but are contracted to a company or private individual.  Even if they have not worked in over a year, the state still has the right to suspend that license.  I can think of at least 10 things that contractor or driver could do during that year that would be worthy of a suspension)  It's not a perfectly parallel example but it's close enough.  When a player signs a professional contract, they consent to league rules as well as any specific rules for the team they sign with.  So, even though the Bengals did not suspend him, the suspension is valid. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:54 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

I believe that MR. Simpson will have a lot more to worry about than what the league is going to do with him.  2 1/2 pounds delivered and 6 pounds in the residence is a big problem.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:52 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

Disagree Dolfandave, the Bengals didn't suspend Benson, the league did, and the suspension was during the time when the league was shut down.  The NFL has no right to suspend a players for something that happened during the lockout.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:19 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

So the thinking is, Benson's teammate Jermaine Simpson should have had his 2 1/2 pounds of pot delivered to his house during the lockout, instead of during the season-- 'cause then the NFL couldn't punish him?

Oh, I see...  That uh... Makes sense, I suppose.  (Or not.)

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:17 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Goodell oversteps bounds

Your an idiot Freeman.  Just because there was a lockout in place doesn't mean that Benson was not still under contract to the Bengals.  Just about everyone that signs an employment contract has a "conduct" section included.  I can tell you that , in my particular job, if I had even been involved (much less convicted) in what Benson was involved in, it would have been grounds for my immediate dismissal.  I get so tired of athletes being treated with kit gloves.   

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