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NFL's Joselio Hanson Suspension Is Nonsense

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst INovember 11, 2009

When is the NFL going to finally just admit that a diuretic in no way improves the performance of a player, and that even the idea of a diuretic being used to mask steroids is a rare occurrence at best?

Well, the short answer is never. The NFL, while a juggernaut that could easily use its size to shape public opinion, constantly seems to be bowing to the court of such opinion.

Because of the circus taking place in the MLB under the incompetent rule of Bud Selig, the word "steroids" has gotten such a negative connotation that the major sports leagues are doing all they can to make sure the word is not even brought up.

Therefore, by banning diuretics that could possibly at some point in time perhaps be used to mask the presence of steroids, the NFL and other sports leagues are able to quiet the uninformed and ignorant yells of the media.

Enter Joselio Hanson.

Even riding on the coattails of the blocking of the StarCaps suspensions, the NFL can't open their eyes long enough to see that what they're doing is absolutely wrong. They're giving in to nothing more than a sophisticated form of peer pressure from the media and other outside sources.

Should Hanson have known better than to take a diuretic? Probably. But if someone walks down a dark alley at night in a bad neighborhood and gets beaten and mugged, people don't shrug their shoulders and say, "Oh well, they should have known better."

Instead, they go out and get the guy who did the mugging.

Right now, the NFL is the mugger and it's time to put a stop to it. Allowing themselves to be influenced by a bunch of know-nothing media members should be embarrassing and is actually quite dangerous for their business moving forward.

It's time for the NFLPA to put pressure on the owners and get this nonsense sorted out.


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