Originally posted by English:
Hmm, don't think so. It looks as though the NFL have concluded that the players weren't victims here, with a Nuremberg defence, but active and enthusiastic participants.
I don't think a one or two game ban sends anywhere near a clear enough message to someone who was happy to end another players career.
Nice Nuremberg ref! For those not savvy about Nuremberg, you should look into it. In brief, it was the Nazi tribunal held after the close of WWII, where key Nazis, those who were still alive that is, stood trial for the atrocities of the Third Reich. They were not allowed to use the defense of just following orders. As for the punishment in this case, it fits the crime. They were funding, aiding and abetting, a program designed to reward players for knocking out some of their colleagues for the sole purpose of winning. While in the past, we will find this occurs in all sports, the fact of the matter is that it should not. It is not competition, it is thuggish behavior conducted under the auspices of competition. It is a charade that should not be tolerated at any level.