NFL Punishments: Fair Or Not?

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Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) catches a pass as Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) defends the play during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Current Players Facing Suspensions

It is not just the players falling short of the mark. Jim Irsay owner of Indianapolis Colts has now been banned for 6 games and fined $500,000 for his conduct recently, involving drugs, cash, and a dead body found on one of his properties.

Other recent NFL punishments announced, is a 10 game suspensions for Cowboys Josh Brent whose DUI ended up in the tragic death of a teammate. 49ers Aldon Smith received a 9 game suspension, 3 for a DUI and 6 for a domestic issue and yet there’s more to come. Carolina star Greg Hardy is awaiting a domestic charge, and the recently dubbed Doobie Brothers from Pittsburgh, Le Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are also waiting to hear the news for their suspension on a marijuana charge.

So thank God the season is back! Maybe the players will be occupied now and we won’t have these other issues. Some teams will feel the effect more than others. For the most part I think the league is on the right track with this, I just want them to assess the crime and make the punishment reflect the seriousness of “said” action. I believe that all should be punished, not saying otherwise,  however, just a year for smoking a few joints against 6 weeks for aggravated assault of a spouse for example, is not in step with society and maybe Goodel needs an independent voice in the process of the NFL Punishments handed out to its employees.

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