The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the right to suspend players for making bad decisions that reflect on the game.
The policy defines this behavior as, "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League."
Commissioner Goodell’s line between acceptable or non-punishable to suspension seems very gray. What off-the-field manners does Goodell consider tolerable enough too not embarrass the NFL’s character?
The reason for my confusion is the hush-hush approach Goodell is taking regarding the Brett Favre situation. Enough time has certainly passed now; in view of all parties have been interviewed and it has been weeks now.
ESPN has been abnormally silent; instead of broaching the subject with there normal over-dramatizing, invasive and annoyingly repeating the same subject tactics. Everyone knows how obsessed the network is with Brett Favre.
Favre is having the worst season of his career, the Vikings look awful overall but the QB still manages to get the abundant of Sports Center’s attention. This juicy subject has been kept to a dull roar, so viewers are subjected to Favre’s weekly injury and post-loss press conference hourly.
Goodell was a bat out of hell when it came to Ben Roethlisberger’s touchy behavior that the authorities couldn’t rally enough evidence to prosecute, but Goodell suspended him for six games. Than at the season’s start dropped Big Ben’s grounding-time down to four games.
Why is Brett Favre’s behavior less detrimental than Roethlisberger’s antics?
Favre is married, harassed fellow employees, as two other New York Jets staffers have come forward about Favre’s sexual advances and one of the two is married.
Incessant inappropriate voice-mails, texts messages and pictures of his penis are pretty inappropriate if you ask me. Don’t you dare think this is all Favre is guilty of because what about the women who responded. It is inevitable that some did, especially in heavily populates and celebrity obsessed NYC.
Favre is a husband, a father, and a grandfather and is much older than Roethlisberger. Big Ben seems to have changed himself around, but he never craved the spotlight like Favre. Not many athletes do, as Favre acts like he is the teacher’s only student in the classroom.
For a player I once highly respected and admired, Favre is now damaged goods that walk around like he is a god-like, when all he gives a crap about is his consecutive games started record.
Favre is not a team player; actually he is everything wrong with sports today.
In essence it’s better for fans to see his true colors, instead of being blinded by the bullshit of Brett Favre.
The NFL, Wrangler and ESPN all seem to support Brett’s behavior, as nothing has been done of the contrary.
What’s ironic is that Favre has done more harm than Vick, Roethlisberger and Plexico combined by not taking full responsibility for his actions and being still allowed to play without question is a major contributor, so the NFL should at least acknowledge this situation.
Commissioner Goodell watched MLB fall hard for being wishy-washy; the NFL is heading right down the same path.
The window for the NFL to make Favre accountable is still cracked. Goodell should suspend him for a game or two so Favre loses his precious record.
I have still not encountered one football fan that respects Favre anymore. The common theme of the responses I have heard is they just want Brett Favre to go away.