In a world where all too often pro players get away with just about anything, justice was finally served on Tuesday as two NFL players (aka – thugs) were suspended for their off the field actions. Multiple time violator of the law Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Titans was handed a one-year suspension, and Bengals WR Chris Henry was suspended for half of the season. New commish Roger Goodell released a statement about the situation and ruling on Tuesday.
“We must protect the integrity of the NFL,” the statement red. “The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right. These players, and all members of our league, have to make the right choices and decisions in their conduct on a consistent basis.”
Goodell also wrote a letter to each player, that puts the entire situation in perspective: “Your conduct has brought embarrassment and ridicule upon yourself, your club, and the NFL, and has damaged the reputation of players throughout the league. You have put in jeopardy an otherwise promising NFL career, and have risked both your own safety and the safety of others through your off-field actions. In each of these respects, you have engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFL and failed to live up to the standards expected of NFL players. Taken as a whole, this conduct warrants significant sanction.”
Jones is due to lose about $1.3 mil this season as he will not collect a check for his off the field doings. He has had 10 off-conduct incidents where he spoke to police. Henry was arrested 4 times in 14 months. Needless to say, both these criminals deserve what they got.
The Titans have given the following statement about Jones: “We appreciate the Commissioner’s thoughtful decision today and the discipline plan imposed on Adam Jones,” the Titans said. “We respect this decision and are confident this is in the best interest of the league and the team. We are hopeful that it will achieve the goals of disciplining the player and eventually enabling him to return to the field of play. Our goals for Jones are consistent with the league’s in that regard.”
As for Henry, the Bengals organization did the same: “While we regret the circumstances that called for it, it’s good for both Chris and the Bengals to have the matter resolved,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “Our team will move forward, and now it is up to Chris to acquire a more mature understanding of his responsibilities as a player for the Bengals and a representative of the NFL.”
The NFL did the right thing here, and unless you want a league of criminals running around, these are the measures that you must take in order to protect the league. Congrats to Goodell and the league – you got this one exactly right.