Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Let’s just say after today, I’m once again glad I don’t have to make the decisions that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does.
The NFL came down on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in DeflateGate, and their decision to suspend the perennial four-time Super Bowl champion four games took the collective air of fans away.
But this is where the NFL got it wrong.
Suspend Tom Brady four games for effectively cheating, yet hand Ray Rice a mere two games for video evidence of him battering his fiancee? Something just doesn’t add up.
NFL players are often anointed as heroes and role models, but how can anyone get on board with real issues such as domestic abuse and substance abuse as lesser offenses than cheating in a football game? Sure, it’s all in the NFL rulebook that a four-game suspension is mandatory for cheating, but doesn’t that only speak to the recent run of the league’s ineptitude?
Perhaps you can accurately describe the NFL disciplinary committee as a roller coaster; you know, the kind that keep going around and around in circles and loops which ultimately leave you feeling nauseous.
Uh, excuse me? Could you stop the ride? I’m starting to feel sick.