For those of you non- sports fan Roger Goodell is the commissioner that handed out a real punishment to protect his league, the NFL. There are many sports analysts who are crying out that Roger Goodell has too much power to which I say phooey.
This quote from USA Today-
Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints coach who knew that his players were participating in a bounty program designed to take out top opponents and lied to the NFL about it? Gone for a year. Mickey Loomis, the general manager who knew as well? Suspended for half the season. Gregg Williams, the man who devised and implemented the head-hunting program? Gone at least for one season, perhaps longer. Here’s hoping it’s forever.
Nearly three weeks ago, Goodell said this: "It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated."
My wife, The Mrs goes absolutely batshit crazy when Major league baseball would hand out $100,000 fines and first second and third strike offenses to MLB players who would test positive for steroids. $100,000 to a player that is taking home $20,000,000 is peanuts and the unfair advantages of a player taking steroids virtually insured that every kid aspiring to be a MLB player and the vast majority players within the league would take steroids. so how is that a punishment or deterrent?
Her argument which I whole heartily agree with is that if they wanted to really ban steroids they should have a zero tolerance rule. They didn’t have to institute it in the first year. They could have given players a year to flush that shit out of their systems. But we watch as it drags on and on over years and years. Instead of saying to the players union, this is the way it’s gonna be- you get caught with a banned steroid in your system and you are gone. Done for the season. Finito. No pay.
How hard is that to understand that if the result that they want is to ban something that is illegal, they should enforce that for the betterment and health of the entire sport?
You don’t like it? Hit the bricks.