Commissioner Roger Goodell has stabbed the Dallas Cowboys, again. The commissioner has made an example of another Cowboy player. Goodell’s excessiveness can be witnessed by the punishment he has handed down to Ezekiel Elliott.
Zeke has been suspended for six games. I do believe that Zeke needs a handler, like Dez Bryant had for his first couple of seasons. I also believe players should be accountable for their actions, however . . .
Goodell’s previous actions
Let me sum this up for you. I know there is a standard that all players must abide to, but it sure seems like Roger Goodell has made a target of certain teams/players while he has played nurse-maid to others.
They legendary Brett Farve, admitted to his addiction to Vicodin and he was “NEVER” suspended by Goodell. After another career incident with media personnel, Jenn Sterger, he AGAIN avoided any suspension by Goodell.
Tom Brady “cheated” within the game. Brady was allowed to finish the season and he play the entire next season while lying about his actions. Brady destroyed any evidence (his cell phone) that could have proven the absolute facts, an action that only the guilty would do. Then, Brady, only served a four game suspension the following season.
In 2015, Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers was arrested for DUI and possession of Marijuana, along with teammate LaGarrett Blount. Goodell originally handed down a four game suspension that was reduced to three games, then, reduced again during the appeal process to two games. In 2016, Bell skipped out on a “NFL Mandatory Drug Test” he knew he would fail, after failing one already, and his punishment was reduced from four to three games. Three games?
DeMarcus Lawrence used Adderall while he returned to college to complete his degree. This is a common drug used by students to study.
While it violated NFL policy, it didn’t manufacture any social disobedience. Yet, the Cowboys had to face four games of the 2016 season without their Star defensive end. That was the same amount of punishment handed down to New England and Tom Brady for cheating, again! Stabbed!
This makes one wonder why Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and Randy Gregory has been stabbed/banished for a year for failing 2 drug test.
At the NFL Combine, where he wasn’t even an NFL player yet, Gregory failed a drug test, and he has had two more cases of testing positive for Marijuana.
This year long punishment is pure and utter BULLSHIT because Gregory has a real mental issues. He did not make a bomb threat at an airport, i.e. Aldon Smith, of the then San Francisco 49’ers. Nor, did he shoot himself while brandishing a firearm. Gregory sexually violated no one. He wasn’t arrested for bad behavior. Gregory beat no one up and he did finish his rehab. Compare this to compromising the integrity of the league by cheating. We have been stabbed.
While Zeke’s off field actions are that of an immature brat, the punishment is excessive.
This is just Goodell’s way of attempting to put a black mark on the Cowboys organization, while they have a playoff team onboard.
Hey, Roger! How about some common sense with these suspensions for off field activities. At least level the playing field and make the punishments fit the crimes. The NFL is about the game, not about the private lives of players. The offenses committed by Zeke and Randy did NOT effect the outcome of any games, just their own lives.