mikeak wrote:I am sure Goodell will institute a mandatory 4 game suspension for murderers..........
Seriously - what do you want done? Carruth is in prison to 2018 or something and he was the first and now if Hernandez is convicted never get out.
If you make a rule stating you can't hire players that have ever been in trouble then the NFL gets taken to court and looses their monopoly position. There is nothing that can be done.
The to me MUCH MORE interesting question is what will Godell do if Hernandez comes out looking guilty as HECK but like others gets aquitted and lets say gets convicted for evidence tampering or something gets 3 months in the slammer. Now what does the NFL do?
Did you read any of the contributions by vols, givensunday, Scotte or myself before adding this gem? I like to think you did not, which is why you added nothing to the actual topic. But, if you read everything and STILL missed the point, well, I salute you sir!
I read them but clearly you didn't read mine before writing a pissy post about it. I stated that Godell will do nothing in my opinion. He CANNOT LEGALLY come out and say not to hire these guys like you think he will. If it came out that Godell had forced NFL teams not to hire people that had a questionable past the league would be sued by many players claiming they didn't get hired because of this. They have a federal exemption that if challenged in court could be removed. This was already partially close to happening in the Maurice Clarett cause where he won the original lawsuit about being allowed to enter the draft only having played one year in college.
MY reply to your specific quotes which were the following: "I'm a little worried over Il Duce Roger's actions", "so Rog may put out the word "you’re responsible", draft at own peril", "He WILL do something.", "We may never know of it, but, IMO its going to happen."
is that he won't do anything more than already done. The patriots are taking a $10 million something cap hit over this and next year. The draft at your own peril is already a fact. You spend the draft pick, you loose the money you commit to these guys. Look at the Bengals - how many players did they have arrested in one freaking offseason a few years ago? Nothing happened. This isn't the NCAA - they teams pay the price on and off the field when these things happen. You can't say don't draft citizens that as far as we know it are law abiding. You can say - bad dudes get suspended which happened to Vick, Pacman etc - that is done already said.
You think anyone would hire a murderer if they knew???? The commish doesn't need to say anything and he won't.
If the NFL started hiring only kids without any problems ever in their background the level of play would go down significantly and the CFL would be fielding better teams within one year. Look at honeybadger - come on don't tell me the flags aren't there. Don't tell me Arizona doesn't know 4 games the first time he gets caught, season next and third possibly after that. Yet they draft him and they draft him relatively high
My question remains - what happens to Hernandez if he beats this in court. Which team signs him and what does Godell say. Now that will be extremely interesting if it happens.