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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: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 12:08 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Ha, this could never work.  The owners would never agree to it, especially because each team would have equal imput.  There are covert privileges that have been extended to NFL owners of big market teams.  Can you imagine a Jerry Jones saying, "well the Cowboys shouldn't have anymore control than any other team"?  Good luck making that change!  In addition, using the Stallworth situation as an example, don't you think that the other teams in the AFC north would push for a much longer suspension than a team that isn't on the Brown's schedule?

In creating committees made up of NFL team organizations, your taking out any hope at all of objectivity.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 12:05 pm

Don't mess with Roger

Because checks and balances and 3 branches of government work so well in the real world?
Haha people sure do love politics...

If the NFL were run more like a representative democracy, we wouldn't be at the mercy of Dictator Goodell. Since the owners would likely get a say in league policy, we would see a more human element in decisions.

Stallworth would have received judgment from his peers - in this case, the NFL owners or their representation.

I'm tired of seeing Goodell play God in determining the futures of these troubled young men.

The NFL would be much improved if a consensus were reached through representation of all 32 NFL teams.

Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:51 am

Don't mess with Roger

Because checks and balances and 3 branches of government work so well in the real world?

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:55 am

Don't mess with Roger

As much fun as everyone has with Roger Goodell, something needs to be done about the total authority he has over the league.

One man should never be in charge of the fate of so many.

The NFL needs to cut ties with this monarchy.

Each organization should appoint a representative to sit on a board. That board should form a senate of sorts.

With the Competition Committee , the Commissioner , and this newly formed NFL Senate , the league should divide power and decision making within these three branches.

Checks and balances would prevent each branch from overextending.

Sounds good?

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