"There is an appeals process, but in the end, the commissioner's office calls the shot and the NFLPA stands aside as a compliant wimp.
"Any union worth its salt would have hung tough in negotiations to create a disciplinary panel -- one representative from management, one from the players and a neutral party -- to decide these matters."
Reusse says the next union head needs to be "willing to challenge Goodell's dictatorial powers along with maintaining a hefty percentage of revenues."
I, too, think the disciplinary policy is something the player's union should take up at the next collective bargaining negotiations. I can see why the NFLPA didn't make it an issue when Paul Tagliabue was commissioner, simply because Tagliabue didn't make it an issue. But Roger Goodell has made it prominent. Now, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams are being suspended "for violating the league's anti-doping policy," not because of Roger Goodell's personal conduct policy. Still, Goodell's actions as commissioner should make the player's union push for a change in the disciplinary policy.
I mostly agree with Pat Reusse.