Will the Real Roger Goodell Please Stand Up?

c dockensCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on as he stands on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Breaking news today out of Nashville, Tennessee. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, says after talking with Titans' QB Vince Young, he has decided not to suspend the former Longhorns' star. Young was involved in an altercation at a Dallas area strip club where he assaulted a man who had been insulting Young and his former college team the Texas Longhorns.

Goodell's decision not to suspend Young comes as a surprise to many. In the past, Goodell has expressed little hesitation to deal out harsh punishments and has been quick to take a hard-line stance against any actions committed by NFL players that could be detrimental to the image of the NFL and all that it encompasses.

Recently, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended following allegations that he sexually assaulted a college aged female in a night club bathroom. Although the charges against big Ben were dropped, Goodell took decisive action and suspended the quarterback for 4-6 games.

As somebody who has closely followed the career of Vince Young, I am happy to know he will not miss any playing time. As a Steelers fan, I feel cheated that Young's actions, that were caught on video, will go unpunished, while allegations (albeit sexual assault) of wrongdoing got Roethlisberger suspended for more than one-third of the season.

Furthermore, Michale Vick, who as we all know has had his issues with the NFL code of conduct, was not suspended or reprimanded for his alleged involvement in a shooting outside of a club recently. Remember, this is the same type of incident that got Adam "Pacman" Jones suspended indefinably.

So this leaves me asking which Roger Goodell is the real one? The hardliner Goodell who takes no bull from the NFL players or this newer more sensitive Goodell who prefers to talk to the player?