Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Three Cheers for Roger Goodell

The new NFL Commissioner has been suspending players left and right for various legal infractions and other bad behavior. Notably he suspended Tenesse Titans star cornerback Pacman Jones for 8 games. The Vick situation (for those of you unaware, Michael Vick Atlanta's QB and bigtime NFL star, has been indicted for running a dogfighting ring) presented a somewhat trickier scenario. The other players that Goodell has recently suspended have a laundry list of criminal behaviour whereas this is Vick's first incident and he has been indicted as opposed to officially tried. Vick's lack of a prior criminal record and the absence of a verdict would conceivably give Goodell some wiggle room to treat Vick, an NFL star, differently from some of the lesser known players he has already penalized. However, Goodell showed that he actually has some stones and has suspended Vick temporarily. Here is Goodell on the Vick situation:

"While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy," Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback."

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