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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

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 4:51 pm

Don't mess with Roger

This guy needs to go. This is how Hitler started to kill millions.  He needs to have authority over the teams...let the teams regulate and fine and suspend their players.  If they fail to do so appropriately, he should punish the teams.  He doesn't play with any of these guys so why is he handing out suspensions?  He should be doing more to promote good behavior rather then punishing the bad behavior.  Punishing only goes so far and in many cases, these type of players end up punishing themselves...there's no need to go further because it will never cure the problem.

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 4:42 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Are you serious?  A guy gets drunk and kills someone and gets suspended for one year?  Vick fought dogs and got worse, so did pacman.  How is this so tough? If he had a pair he would have suspended him for life.  He killed someone.  He was convicted of manslaughter.  SO because he is tougher than tagliabue he is so tough?  Tagliabue was known as a softie.  I want hardcore punishment.  I want guys scared to go out and ruin their image because they wont be able to get reinstated.  I want accountability.  If i killed someone I wouldnt get 30 days in jail.  Little should be banned for like too.  If you kill someone due to your neglagence you have ruined your image and nothing can repair it.  People can forgive but they wont forget.  I wish our legal system was as nice as goodell.  Prisco you are an idiot.  Dont mess with roger you say?  Well as we can see alot of people in the NFL are and he definately isnt doing enough to stop it except due photo ops and hand out slightly tougher penalties than his predeccessor.  What he needs to do is ban people for life.  See in baseball people dont gamble anymore that play because of the Pete Rose ban.  It scared people.  If someone caught doing drugs got 1 year on a first offense and a lifetime ban on the second then the drugs would be out of the game.  If the first conduct violation was a one year ban and the second a lifetime ban it would scare the players.  They would think twice before getting lit or shooting themselves.  But Goodell is just a media hound who wants publicity.  He is full of false expectations.   

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:38 pm

Don't mess with Roger

This is so dumb people have texted positive for cocaine and nothing has been done or they get suspended for 4 game or less! Roger is a god awful commissioner and is making the NFL politics while making hte patriots and the cowboys the two teams that get their dick sucked by roger!

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:21 pm

Don't mess with Roger

I don't think one person should be judge and jury; some other form of determining a player's fate should be discussed. Is Goodell trying to correct the penalty received by Stallworth, which most people believe was extremely lenient? The player's union need to make this issue a major talking point in the contract negotiations.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:20 pm

Don't mess with Roger

I think everyone is missing the point here.  The definition of "commissioner" is to "exercise administrative or regulatory powers". Goodell did just that in setting an example for a bunch of overpaid punks that clearly don't get it.  And since when is "suspension without pay" the wrong decision when you get convicted for DUI Manslaughter!!  Let's imagine its not Donte Stallworth. But Joe Smith, a regular working stiff, who gets drunk and kills someone in his car.  Can you seriously tell me that even if he plead guilty and was a stand-up guy in the way that Stallworth was, that a judge only sentences him to 30 days in jail???  Not a chance in hell!!!  So I applaud Goodell in his decision. Next, he needs to do something about guaranteed money for rookies. No way a rookie that has never played a down in the NFL should get $28 million guaranteed!!

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:18 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Sad comment on our society when the NFL Commissioner deals out a harsher penalty than a court of law.

Victor Creed
Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:10 pm
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Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 3:00 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Why is OlHoss the only one that gets it? It is how it should be... Someone needed to come in and lay the law down. 3 strikes is a pretty good system to get yourself back to the right frame of mind. If you dont learn penelty gets worse, until you are out of the league. There are plent of thugs and criminals for people to look up to, no need for the NFL to do it too. Multi-million dollar contracts mean you must be a role model as well. Get it together and you wont end up with a 9-5 construction job like Vick almost did, and still may. Dont forget the man died... in the crosswalk or not, and stallworth was drunk and had THC in his system.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 2:53 pm

Don't mess with Roger

I think Roger is doing a great job. It's about time some of these guys are held responsible for their actions.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 2:45 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Why wouldnt you mess with Rodger. hell stallworth killed someone and he's only suspended 1 season. Vick funded and operated a large dog fighting ring and he only got 6 games. (couldnt play when he was in jail so time served doesnt count). i can't wait to see what Burress ends up with, that should 8 games since a gun was involved. Come on people, pay these idiots millions in there immaturist age and let them think they own the world and when they get caught, as a boss , you spank them on the a** and give them a timeout. NO you get one chance to be a celebrity, on chance to be a child role model, but the way society has changed these are roles that kids do, so maybe they are just showing them the proper way to do it and make millions. i love football and is my favorite sport but Rodger needs to grow a set and throw them out for good. its a priveledge to play proffessional sports not a right, so they can hire what ever attorney that charges the most. im disappointed in the NFL and feel sorry for all the kids that looked up to these players. it's a shame.

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