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The Hypocrisy of the NFL

Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:31 pm
The NFL is fast becoming a joke. I’m from New Zealand and as an outsider looking in, all of these "off the field issues" are getting very comical. The problem in my eyes isn’t the fact that all these players are getting in trouble off the field but the reaction of the league, the teams, the fans and the media. There is NO consistency or rationality in the punishments; Rodger Goodell’s no-nonsense policy is absolute nonsense. The team’s draft or sign players with a history of "off field issues" then when the players inevitably get into trouble they vilify the players, avoid all responsibility and act like they didn’t see it coming. The fans proclaim these troubled players are scumbags and filth yet when their team acquires one for a bargain price they are suddenly the missing pieces to the puzzle that will lead their team to the Promised Land. The media write these big pieces that can more accurately be described as sensationalism than journalism, vilifying players for anything that calls into question their morality. I’m not condoning the things that these players do, as a NFL fan I hate what these players are doing to the sport, but everyone is just perpetuating the problem. It’s hilarious.

I just read the article on this site about how Big Ben was cleared of his assault charge. I’m not going to go into the whole guilty vs. innocent debate I’m more interested in the final line of the piece:

“Early in his career, he was photographed -- obviously after drinking -- wearing a T-shirt reading "Drink Like a Champion." “

This is text book yellow/sensationalist journalism. What was this meant to achieve? Other than enhancing the scandal and thus its appeal to readers it has no relevance to the article. There is nothing wrong with drinking a few beers and wearing a novelty T-Shirt, and further more it happened years ago and wasn’t news then. It perpetuates the problem.

If Goodell really wanted to stamp out these issues he’d do better than the 4-week suspensions he typically hands out. The NFL needs to adopt a policy that signals out the repeat offenders and holds not only the players but the teams responsible. As it stands now teams are better of with the players than without them. Sure they might catch a bit of stick from the media and the public but they are better off on the field if they retain these players, or if they acquire them via trades or free agency. The reactions of the Fans enforce this. How many fans are calling for their teams to trade for Michael Vick? What’s the bet that a big chunk of these guys where calling him the scum of the earth when he was with the Falcons?

If it were up to me and I wanted to stamp all of this out I’d create a three strikes policy. Three offenses and you’re done. For good. Players who have had issues prior to entering the league start on one strike. If a team retains or adds a player after they’ve had a strike they are liable for a fine if that player re-offends, the fines increase if that player has two strikes. A policy like that would show the players, the teams and the sporting public that these issues will not be tolerated.

But that won’t happen; at the end of the day if these players help a team win they are wanted. So I’ll just continue to sit back and laugh at the hypocrisy of the league and the fans whose prime concern is apparently the integrity of the NFL and it's public image.


Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:34 pm

The Hypocrisy of the NFL

I agree with giving second chances but if the players aren't smart enough to value those chances and instead abuse them then why do they deserve to get paid millions of dollars?

If you worked at a school and you did drugs, walked around with loaded guns etc. then should you be allowed to keep your job? Aren't football players like teachers in the sense they are role models for the younger generations?

You say that they should only get small suspensions because if they won't be able to make a living otherwise yet are people in other professions afforded the same treatment? No they are not. The vast majority of players relish the opportunity to play in the NFL and they do not get into trouble off the field. Is it fair to those players that the other are allowed to keep playing because if they weren't they wouldn't be able to get a job? they were the ones who choose to break the law and they should live with the consequences and work at McDonald's. 

Unless you want to get tough on repeat offenders then stop preaching a no-nonsense policy. As it stands now the suspensions are superficial and the league is hypocritical in allowing players to continually re-offend.

At the end of the day I don't really care either way. I just think it's funny how Goodell and the fans keep saying how these players are putting the integrity of the NFL at risk and that they should be stamped out. Yet the punishments he hands out are pathetic and the Fans still want these players on their teams. Text book hypocrisy.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:15 pm

The Hypocrisy of the NFL

I dont see them because if that said player is suspended for 2 years, he wont be able to maek aliving, if you look at he wonderlik scores, which no one cares about, they are outstandingly average/below-average. Another thing is the specticle, and the amount of training.

Pacman was not carried out well by Tannenbaum, but Goodell sure has done a better job than him. I agree that you have to give a punsihemnt, even though the severity is inconsistent. All in all, something is better than nothing.

Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:06 pm

The Hypocrisy of the NFL

To put it in perspective, I remember when Wendall Sailor (an australian rugby player) was found to have cocaine in his blood in a drug test he did when he was playing for the Reds in the Super 14 (an Australian and New Zealand rugby comp) the judicial committee handed him a 2 year ban from Rugby. ( )

Can you see the NFL handing out a 2 year suspension for substance abuse?

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