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Don't mess with Roger

Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:31 am
Edited on: August 14, 2009 9:58 am
 
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out another strong message Thursday that he won't tolerate bad off-the-field behavior when he suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth for the entire season without pay.

Stallworth was suspended for violating both the league's substance-abuse policy and the personal-conduct policy after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter resulting from his killing a man while driving under the inlfuence on March 14.

Stallworth met with the commissioner twice, once this week, and had hoped to get off with a lesser suspension. But Goodell is quickly becoming like the judge nobody wants to see in court.

He throws the book at these guys.

Come to think of it, his penalty is worse than what Stallworth got in real court, which was 30 days in jail, for which he served less than a week.

In a release sent out by the league, Goodell was quoted as saying,"As you recognized both at and following the hearing, guilt or innocence as a matter of criminal law is not the same as a violation of NFL policies.  Here, longstanding league policies make clear that discipline is warranted “if a player is convicted of or admits to a violation of the law…relating to the use of alcohol.”  The degree of discipline may take into account “aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct or felonious injury or death of third parties…”  All of those factors are present here.  There is no question that your actions had tragic consequences to an innocent man and his family, and that you have violated both the Substances of Abuse and Personal Conduct Policies.  In that respect, you are clearly guilty of conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL.”
 
Goodell really had no choice but to go strong with discipline, even though Stallworth has truly been remorseful.

When St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little killed a woman in a drunk-driving accident in 1998, he was suspended by then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue for eight games.

It's clear that Goodell is much tougher than his predecessor when it comes to handing out suspensions, which is message all NFL players need to understand.
Category: NFL
Tags: Stallworth
 
Comments

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2009 5:48 pm
 

Roger's Doing A Great Job

i like the tough approach Goodell has taken. The player conduct in the NFL had gotten out of control by the time he took office and is finally starting to turn around. Public confidence in the NFL should be cared about and penalties should be steep so the players respect them. Yes, the commissioner has alot of power and responsibility, but this is in no way like a monarchy. For one, he doesn't get to choose his successor, a committee of owners does. The owners are the ones with all the power. If the entire league ran the way Al Davis and Jerry Jones wanted it, there would be no 'pulic confidence in the NFL.'



Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2009 5:02 pm
 

Point Made

..on the spell-check comment. Just because I don't like Prisco doesn't mean I'll stiop reading his columns. I like to be objective and draw from many sources to compile my own views.



Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 8:07 pm
 

Don't mess with Roger

Prisco, you suck



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2009 6:17 pm
 

Don't mess with Roger

LAW AND ORDER IS AS OLD AS THE GREEK CIVILAZATION. WE GOT IT FROM THE ROMANS, THE ROMANS  GOT IT FROM THE GREEKS.  GODELL HAS A MANDATE FROM  THE OWNERS TO PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS. THESE INTERESTS JUST SO HAPPEN TO BE INFLATED TO A "SURREAL" LEVEL 

IN "ORDER" TO MAINTAIN THIS INTEGRITY GODELL'S POWER HAS TO BE RESPECTED. PLAYERS HAVE A UNION AND THEY HAVE DUE PROCESS. THE RIGHT TO WORK IS PRETTY SUPREME, EVEN THE "CHURCH" TEACHES TO DEFRAUD SOMEONE OF THEIR WAGES IS ONE OF THE FOUR CARDINAL SINS AGAINST HEAVEN.  CONDUCT IS A CONDITION OF THE WORKPLACE. PRIVILEGES ARE EARNED, THE RIGHT TO WORK IS A RIGHT TO WORK, BUT THE EMPLOYER HAS THE RIGHT TO SET CONDITIONS. AGREEMENTS ARE MADE, PAPERS SIGNED... END OF STORY.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 1:08 pm
 

Don't mess with Roger

In his defence,  Donte Stallworth's transgression was a tragic ending resulting unintentionally from a stupid mistake.  At least it wasn't a deliberate crime like Michael Vick's

Why do people think this way?? WHEN YOU DRINK AND DRIVE IS IT NOT A MISTAKE. IT IS INTENTIONAL !!!!!  Just because you didn't try to kill somebody doesn't excuse it in any way. The result of drinking and driving equals death in many cases and he knows that.

Why do people make the "making a living" argument? what? Didn't he just pick up 4.5 million dollars as a bonus recently????????

Give me 4.5 million and I'll retire for life right now AND I'll set my kids up so they have very little to do.  Plus how much more money has he made prior to this in his career???

Do the math people.  If a husband and wife have great jobs, gross 100,000 per year EACH for 200,000 dollars per year and they work 30 years full time at that wage, their total gross earnings doesn't exceed 6 million dollars. 

4.5 million without any accounting trickery will still result in at least 2.5 take home after taxes. THE INTEREST ON THAT IF HE GETS 3 PERCENT PER YEAR WHICH ISN'T MUCH IS ABOUT 75,000 A YEAR.  The 2 people above are lucky to take home 120 a year busting their butts 40 hours per week or more.

And look at my example. It was 2 100 thousand dollar jobs. How many of you are going to make 100 thousand per year for 30 years. I"m not.  So enough of the "making a living" comments.  The guy gets a years vacation, he'll work out, keep in shape and make millions and millions more the rest of his career if he wants to.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 10:19 am
 

Don't mess with Roger

In his defence,  Donte Stallworth's transgression was a tragic ending resulting unintentionally from a stupid mistake.  At least it wasn't a deliberate crime like Michael Vick's.

That being said, it probably doesn't hurt to send a strong message to players that they should avoid that stupid mistake.



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 1:23 am
 

Don't mess with Roger

I think a lot of you people are totally missing the point. The NFL is a PRIVATE business, and as such, they have the right to run their business any way they see fit. It's laughable to see so many people saying things that they should HAVE to do. Why should anyone have the right to tell them how to run their business? If you don't like it, stop buying their product and they will change. Oh, and ANTZ, you are absolutely the biggest moron I have EVER seen on these boards. And that is really saying something. Take that ignorant liberal crap somewhere else tool.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:12 pm
 

Don't mess with Roger

Go get 'em.  He doesnt need to be put in check.  These guys need to be held to a higher standard.


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Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 7:08 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 7:01 pm
 

Don't mess with Roger

i'm all for Roger Goodell's policies.

ZERO tolerance.

stay out of trouble - or you will not play and you will not get paid. PERIOD. 

The NFL is a privledge. i dont care how great of an athlete you are... if you cant use common sense....if you cant stay out of trouble.... they dont dont desereve to play or get paid.

its really not that difficult...but for some players i guess it is.

 




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