Originally posted by Pick6:
Reading the different comments is interesting to me... I however feel the 9ers should have acted. You can say the league handles punishment, but there are cases where teams have handed out their own in addition to anything the league has done. Personally I'm shocked he was allowed to practice... after this incident.
This dude needs help... he needs a wake up call... his personal issues (believe me there are some serious personal issues when you are intoxicated to almost twice the legal limit at 7am on a day when you have to go to work) need to be dealt with before he ruins his career... his life... someone elses life...
As Harbaugh said in regards to Seattle's issues - "We have to be ABOVE reproach"
When is the last time a team took it upon themselves to hand out punishment to a STAR player before the NFL does it? I'm not talking about "pretty good" players. I mean STAR players. Players that they NEED. It is a double standard, but I'm willing to bet almost every team would take the same stance if one of their top players put himself in the same predicament. It's easy to set an example by hammering one of your "solid" players, but when it comes to top notch talent, teams aren't likely to be so quick to bring the hammer down on them. Look at Lynch in Seattle - doesn't he have like 3 DUIs now? Have they suspended him on their own?
Maybe, just MAYBE, if the team felt the league wouldn't do anything about it, then they might feel obligated to hand out punishment on their own. Knowing the league will take action, I highly doubt many - if any - teams would punish their star player on top of whatever the league does to him.
[ Edited by Empire49 on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM ]