NFL: Does Commissioner Roger Goodell's Conduct Merit an Investigation?

Kate ConroySenior Analyst IIDecember 21, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 27:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions from the media after reinstating Michael Vick on a conditional basis on July 27, 2009 at the InterContinental Hotel in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks about his tough "conduct policy" requiring all players to behave accordingly both on and off the field.

Goodell has made his stance very clear:

“We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League.”

When Goodell was less than two weeks into the "investigating" stage of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s behavior, he had a lot to say.

When asked by ESPN’s Dan Patrick on his radio show whether or not Roethlisberger had violated the NFL’s Conduct Policy, Goodell’s answer was the following:

"Yes, there has been a violation of that. The issue here is with respect to a pattern of behavior and bad judgments," Goodell said. "You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you've violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league and everyone associated with the NFL. And that is what my concern is, and I have expressed that directly to Ben, obviously, and I will be making a decision as soon as I possibly can."

Roethlisberger’s behavior did not get a grace period, as the incident happened in March 9, 2010. So, even with no formal police charges, Goodell initially suspended Roethlisberger for the first six games of the season, with an official announcement made on April 21, 2010.

In a letter to Roethlisberger, Goodell wrote this:

"You are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of the fans."

That statement translated the motto that the name on the back of your jersey doesn’t matter because the rules are the rules.

Here is my question...why is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell delaying Brett Favre’s punishments?

Is sexually harassing a co-worker, getting her number from a higher-up and sending inappropriate pictures that hard to prove?

Is it worth trashing any ounce of respect fans had for Brett Favre?

Favre is already so full of himself that getting away with this is just going to override anything he did on the field.

Personally, I used to like Favre but now he makes me cringe and I can’t wait till he is truly gone for good. Favre is a distraction because it is all about himself and I feel badly that his wife is too brainwashed to leave.

Also, does this mean that any player can behave in the same why, within their respected organization?

I guess so because Goodell would have said otherwise by now.

What ultimately makes this so sad is that the innocent bystander, which is the game of football, is the one that will take the biggest fall. It used to be all in the game's best interest; those days seem long gone.