NFL  > General NFL  > Enough already with the Shoulda woulda couldas of the Felons.....
August 21, 2009, 11:58 PM
Can we stop with all this "he should have this, he should have that" and "this crime is more wrong, he didn't hurt anyone, it's just a dog" business?
I mean, it really is irrelevant at this point and I don't feel that anyone is doing anygood. Most arguments that arise, and discussions on such topics involve people who have no idea what the laws are or even the case in point and the details of the case. Let's take a look:

1. Michael Vick.
He pled guilty to Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture. Sentence up to 5 yrs. The PROSOCUTERS asked the judge for the sentence he got.
He also went bankrupt, public scrutiny and is a federal ex con. Basically the only thing he's going to be allowed to do, sadly, is play ball.
He also was given time served on the state charges.
So, let it go. Everything he got, while I think he is a horrendous human being, he served move on.

2. Plaxico Burress
No license for NY, expired license in Florida. Shot himself. Obviously broke the law.
THEN, a month later, the police find a handgun AND a rifle in his home, with permit.
He was sentenced to two years, when he could have gotten three and a half.

3. Donte stallworth
Drinking the night before, BAC of .12, over Florida's .08....barely over the limit, but still over the limit....
Reyes was not in the crosswalk, and he was only going 50 in a 40. Hardly flying down the road.
He was charged with DUI and second degree manslaughter.
30 day sentence, 1,000 hours of community service, 8 years probabtion, 2 years house arrest. loss of license.
He also reached a hefty financial settlement with the family so they wouldn't sue him in a civil suit. Suspended without pay until the 2010 season.

4. Kobe Bryant
found not guilty. No more to be said there.

5. Ray Lewis
Plea bargained with the prosecuters and charged with obstruction of justice.
not suspended. Fined. Others involved were acquitted.

6. Ben Roethlisberger
Accused of sexual assault that allegedly happened a year ago. Now reports are coming in that conflict these allegations.

Now. The reason I put them all out there is so we can see how they are different. The NFL is acting based on what the LAW charged them with. They got sentences based on plea bargains, having money and making deals. Also, there are laws that will not allow them to be charged more than a certain amount of time.

In no way are ANY of these cases the same. We can say stallworth should have gotten more, but the prosecution and the victim's family is to blame for that.

Also, stallworth's incident was an accident. Vick's was not.

Kobe, maybe he did it, maybe he didn't. The law found him not guilty.
Ray lewis may have gotten away with murder. But we'll never know the truth, if they had compelling iron clad evidence.....he'd be in jail.
Ben's incident is looking to be false, yet everyone calls him a rapist. Is it so out of people's thoughts that a woman could be lying for her own reasons?

Now, I don't know the truth of anything I put here, other than what is fact from what we are being told.

Not one case is like the other. They are apples and bananas. Compare cases that are the same if we want to make a point.

Okay. I'm done.


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