I cannot stand Roger Goodell and his personal conduct policy. It is stupid, and gives the commissioner way too much power. He can decide punishment for players that can have a profound impact on a team.
The latest case in his abuse of power is Ben Roethlisberger. I know the commissioner has not punished him yet, but he has strongly hinted some type of discipline is coming.
What has this guy done wrong? He went out on his birthday, got drunk, and tried to sleep with a girl. I know she was only 20, but that is not his fault. First of all the legal drinking age should be 18, and if she was not 21 why was she in a bar drunk? Last time I checked just about every straight male has tried to do that. I bet even Roger Goodell did that at some point in his life.
It is not Big Ben's fault that the media is crazy and has the ability to instantly publish a story to the entire world. He is just living the life of a professional athlete. With money comes fame and women. And sometimes these women wake up in the morning with a massive headache and a feeling of regret for what they did the night before. I've woken up and realized I made a mistake by getting with that girl the night before. The only reason these girls care is because they knew he was famous and could get some money out of him.
If he committed a crime he would be facing prosecution. Instead he is just facing civil suits, where all that comes in money being paid to the "victim".
There is no reason to suspend or punish a guy for being a male in a society that glamorizes sex and athletes. Football is not some high and mighty sport where the players are all prudes and need to act like it. No matter how many players do stupid things the popularity of the sport will keep going up.
Roger Goodell's job is too keep labor peace and build the game to make as much money as possible. He is not the moral police. If ticket sales start dropping because of this then you must act. At the end of the day fans do not care about what players do off the field. They care about the game on the field. Now yes, there will be people upset about these things, but they are not fans.
Roger Goodell might just kill the NFL because he is worried too much about what the players are doing in the bedroom and not working hard enough to keep labor peace. Instead of meeting with players about these issues he needs to be spending every waking moment trying to get a deal between the players and the owners. That is the only real issue plaguing the league right now.