Breaking News! Michael Boley the newly New Yorker has been suspended for the first game of the 2009 NFL season. The question is why? And who cares? I'll explain.
For starters lets review the facts. Boley is being suspended for "violating the league's personal conduct policy." Long story short he has been accused, by his wife, of domestic abuse. The details aren't important.
Secondly let me just say that this incident occurred before the Giants brought him on board and the GM Jerry Reese has defended Boley calling it "unfortunate" and acknowledging Michael's involvement in charities, particularly concerning autism.
Roger Goodell made the right decision. He has to stick to his guns and keep a zero tolerance policy on these sorts of things.
Helping his decision along was most likely the news that Boley would need the next eight to ten weeks off mending a surgically repaired labrum.
Lets face facts, he should be ready for the start of training camp and will be able to participate in all of those activities. Does it really hurt the Giants if he has an extra week off to heal? No, it will honestly benefit them.
Giving Michael Boley an extra week to rest that is now a mandatory week of rest will help the Men in Blue in the long run. Without this suspension Boley would be out there and making hits and risking his rehab.
So in short, I do not in any way condone Boley's actions, that's apparent. I do believe he is a stand-up guy and this is a one time thing for him.
I would like to thank Roger on Michael's behalf, for the extra week of rest. And all in all does anyone care about the suspension? Nah, it's no big deal (Thank you to ESPN for the information and quotes used).