The NFL needs to make a stand

A few weeks ago the Denver Post’s Woody Paige told me the NFL had the greatest PR team of all the sports leagues. “If Ford...

A few weeks ago the Denver Post’s Woody Paige told me the NFL had the greatest PR team of all the sports leagues. “If Ford Motor Co. had the NFL PR machine they wouldn’t be losing money” was his quote. He also said that if the NFL PR team had worked for Enron no one would have cared about all the company’s wrongdoing.

It seems that Paige might be right. And I’m not saying that because of anything the league’s PR staff did around the Super Bowl, it’s because the NFL continues to remain untainted by all of the trouble its thug representatives are causing these days. There’s Tank Johnson and his arsenal of guns and what seems like the entire Cincinnati Bengals team at this point getting arrested for one thing or another.

And now perennial troublemaker and wannabe gangster Adam “Pacman” Jones, of the Tennessee Titans made news again when he threatened the life of a bouncer at a strip club in Las Vegas, according to the club's owner, telling him he would be dead by the end of the night after Jones was removed from the club. A gunman later proceeded to shoot three people outside the club injuring two and leaving one paralyzed from the waist down for life. The club owner swears it was a member of Jones' posse.
Either NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or Titans ownership needs to do something, and fast. In one of the greatest rants ever New York sports radio host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo went BERSERK, ABSOLUTELY BERSERK (YouTube link), on Friday about why the league needs to get rid of Jones and anyone else who can't "act right" immediately.

The new commissioner needs to step up, start cleaning house and show some guts here because eventually that shine is going to wear off and these issues are going to start causing some serious image problems for the almighty NFL.

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