The NFL has not always been known as a strict enforcer of codes of conduct. As long as players perform well on the field, who cares if they assault people, drive drunk, use drugs, shoot guns, crash cars, cuss, steal, and rape off the field? That's not what the fans care about.
But now, new NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has decided that perhaps the league's image is not well served by seeing its players devolve into a bunch of latter-day O.J. Simpsons.
Last week, Goodell suspended two of the league's most notorious arrestees for all or part of the upcoming season. The most high-profile was Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, whose latest and greatest charge involved allegedly slamming a stripper's head on the ground and instigating a fight that left three people shot and one paralyzed.
Now that's a shutdown corner!
Such suspensions may seem like common sense to non-sports fans, but Goodell is dealing with football fans, whose very status indicates that they enjoy acts of public violence. So he should be commended for doing his small part to make sure the NFL's image isn't further tarnished. Football players are just bullies who will shove you in a locker - they're not thugs.
PR Play Rating
3 On the right track