Originally posted by Gore_21:
Here is what I said in the Hernandez thread:
Might be time for NFL to start cracking down. 3 Strikes and your banned from the league or something like that. Every offseason gets worse... loaded with dui's, spousal abuse, club incidents, performance enhancing drugs, etc. Paul Tagliabue pretty much just left the game alone and didn't suspend anybody. There are many things I don't like about Goodell but at least he's cracked down on players. Think he should take it up a notch. These guys don't realize the NFL will go on without them. They aren't as valuable as they think. If I was someone from the past who made little money and sacrificed my body to make the game what it is today I would be sick at how a lot of these players act and how much they make.
First, not all infractions of the law are the same.
Second, the 29 players arrested are not, at least in my estimation, the norm.
There are 32 teams in the NFL. If you take only 53-man roster that gives you 1696 players. 29 have been arrested. That means 1.71% of those players have been arrested. .
If you take the 53-man roster plus the 7-man practice squad, there are 1920 players. 29 have been arrested. That is 1.51%.
Right now, each team has 90 players on its roster; 2880 players. 29 have been arrested. That is 1.01%.
I do not have the numbers, but my guess is that a high percentage of players actively participate in projects that benefit the community.
I do not think that a three strike rule is required, but I do think that the both league and the player's association should come down harder on players that arrested for violent crimes, and particularly those of domestic violence.
I do think that the NFL needs to incorporate a system of penalties into the draft; penalties that limit the draft possibilities of players with major or numerous infractions of the law and NCAA rules governing behavior. For example, there could be a rule stating that no draft prospect with 3 major violations can be drafted in the first or second round.
The league also has to recognize and act against college coaches who systematically violate the rules. There needs to be rules that limit the ability of coaches such as Pete Carrol and Chip Kelley to use the NFL as a way of avoiding the consequences of their corrupt practices.
The problem of player misconduct starts way before the players make it to the NFL, and corrupt college coaches enable this misconduct.
[ Edited by buck on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM ]