I am not talking about an all time low of merchandise purchases or ticket sales, but something that means more...Morals and ethics.
I recentley read an article today that said Adam Jones was to be reinstated and would be able to play later this year. This is a guy with 13 police dealings in two years along with 2 suspensions and has embaressed his owner and commissioner by getting into a fight with a NFL employee after they trusted him enough to let him play. So why is he granted another chance? Because he completed a alchohol abuse program? Big deal, I know people who have been in drug rehab for acid and they have come out craving it even more than they did before rehab. The man is a walking time bomb, and is going to blow up at any time and completley embarass himself and league.
But what really gets me is how this guy isnt fined, isnt suspended, he is left alone and gets to play again. Yet, a guy like Ray Lewis is fined 50,000 dollars for insulting a ref. Give me a break, not only is that empedding on his right to free speech, but it is completley ridiculous because the referee did make a horrible call and no one else is calling him out!
In my opinion the NFL and Roger Goodell need to keep their promise of a stricter NFL punishment policy instead of worrying about the refs credibility.
Lets be serious, how does a guy who gets caught with six grams of cocaine not get booted from the league? Oh yeah, becuase Roger Goodell is more worried about how he looks than policing his league. Matt Jones, was caught with possesion and intent to sell cocaine and wasnt fined at all by the NFL, yet Jared Allen has racked up 75,000 dollars in fines for what was said "a dirty hit".
Please, Roger Goodell is just protecting his star players in the league...notice no one gets fined for hitting a linebacker too hard, it only happens when a defensive guy hits a WR, RB, or QB. He cares more about protecting the star players than keeping control of his league. If he was serious about trying to fine players to keep the playing clean, he would outlaw cut blocking. Seriously, if he wants to go by the idea that he is "cleaning up play" he would not allow cut blocking. Cutting is probably the dirtiest, cheapest thing in football. For those of you who do not know what it is I will try to depict it. Essentially a offensive lineman throws his body at a defensive players knees, trying to bend them backwards to either make him fall down, or break his knees. More injuries are because of cut blocking than anyother action in football.
So if Roger Goodell wants me to take him and his policies seriously, he needs to start worrying about controlling the thugs that are in his league. They are giving the NFL a bad reputation and will eventually cause the complete downfall of the league.