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Cleveland Browns' Shaun Rogers Making Roger Goodell's Decision Difficult

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2010

Cleveland Browns' nose tackle Shaun Rogers did something very dumb a few months ago. He brought a gun to the Cleveland airport.

The court case is settled, and Rogers now awaits NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision.

Up until this week, the conjecture stipulated that Rogers was going to get suspended for one or two games under the league's personal conduct policy, and that seemed to be the end of it, other than waiting for the official word from the league.

Then Rogers decided to show why his claim—the gun incident—was a huge oversight on his part. And it may have more truth to it than just the simple claim of almost-innocence.

Rogers alertly noticed a drunk driver on Interstate-71 south of Cleveland last week, dialed 911 and stayed behind the car to try and protect other drivers.

Middleburg Heights police praised Rogers for his efforts.

The question is, does Rogers still deserve a suspension? While Rogers clearly violated the PCP by bringing a gun to an airport, he's muddied the waters of the punishment angle by showing himself to be a pillar of the community.

Rogers didn't have to dial 911. In fact, there are a lot of people who would've just kept on driving.

Goodell now has to weigh Rogers' good Samaritan efforts against the bone-headed move earlier this year.

Rogers never has been a troublemaker. And it's not like he was waving the gun around at the airport, taking target practice on the concession stand water bottles.

Goodell needs to take the good with the bad before handing down his decision. If that means there still is a suspension, so be it. But anything more than one game is trying to make the wrong point as it stands now.

Each case is unique, and with that in mind, Goodell should reward good personal conduct as much as he has to punish bad personal conduct.

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