Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Tyrant King

Bryant McKinnie has been suspended (Star Tribune).

I feel that if the NFL is going to suspend a player for his off-the-field legal trouble, particularly before the player has been convicted of a crime, then the power to punish should not lie so narrowly with one person. There is far too much room for subjectivity when Roger Goodell alone can decide whom to suspend and for how many games, whose suspensions to reduce, whose appeals to accept or reject, when to declare suspensions, etc. This is an issue the players' union should take up: there should be a more fair and objective due process for punishing players.

I also feel that by emphasizing off-the-field conduct of players with suspensions, Roger Goodell has brought more negative attention to the issue without really solving the "problem."

I also personally feel that Roger Goodell is a prick, and I miss Paul Tagliabue.


  1. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Yeah they should set up a tribunal. That'll stop you from calling them pricks when they suspend a Viking.


  2. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to the whole process, which bothers me. If we knew what criteria were appropriate for such situations, things like this suspension would be easier to take.

  3. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Four games?? ...and Brandon Marshall only has to sit out one. What a crock.

  4. Anonymous1:16 PM

    I assume that Goodell has more information about these cases than he's allowed to make public. So it's conceivable that he actually does have a reasonable set of standards that he applies and it only *apppears* arbitrary and capricious to those of us who don't have all the info.

    But I think that's a stretch. If I were in his shoes, I'd go out of my way to tell the public repeatedly that I was following a very consistent set of guidelines, but that the guidelines, and the details of the cases, couldn't be released.

    It seems more likely that he enjoys being a Tyrant King.

    I don't like him at all, and agree with every word of the WWTB? rant.