December 16, 2012
Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The NFL has had a lot of controversy over punishments handed down for actions by the players in the last few years. However, the punishments do not seem to be equal.
Just on week after Joshua Price-Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter, he is standing on the sidelines with his teammates.
Brent, 25, decided to drive drunk with his passenger and teammate Jerry Brown. The vehicle hit a curb and flipped, killing 25-year-old Brown. Brent was shaken but fine and blood tests showed him to be more than twice the legal limit.
This was not Price-Brent's first DUI either, he was charged once before while still in college.
Commissioner Goodell has been making rash and harsh punishments to certain players in the league, yet leaving others to nothing at all.#7, Pittsburgh Steelers, was suspended for 6 games for being charged with "rape", but Goodell only took 2 games of his suspension even after all charges were dropped and found to be false. New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton was suspended and needed special permission to attend the game where broke a record. He was guilty of the possible knowledge of the player 'bounties'.
There have been many other cases but this one holds a specific problem, it resulted in death. The NFL as well as the Dallas Cowboys offer car services for players who may be too intoxicated to drive, but Brent did not use them. Instead he got behind the wheel while drunk and killed his friend/teammate.
Brent was arrested and charged before being bailed out. There is no question that he is as fault and there is no question that he should be behind bars. So if Brent is suspended, why does Goodell allow him to attend games after Josh Brent's actions? Intentional or not, he had a decision and made the wrong one.
Does Rodger Goodell seem like a fair NFL commissioner to you?