In what seems to be a recurring theme annually in South Florida, Steven Wine of the Associated Press is reporting that suspended Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is planning to seek reinstatement by the National Football League shortly after October 1, according to Williams’ attorney, David Cornwell.
Let’s assume that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates Williams. Although he is under contract to the Dolphins, team head coach Cam Cameron has made no indication that he is welcome. Also – it’s unclear how soon he would be cleared to play or where he would play (assuming the Dolphins release him). Another factor to keep in mind – current Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller and Williams have a history, dating back to Williams’ time with the New Orleans Saints. With that in mind, I’d assume that Mueller will not exactly go out of his way to allow Williams to return.
The process to seek reinstatement in Williams’ case requires Williams to show that he has followed the requirements of the league drug policy. Cornwell added that Goddell would decide whether any face-to-face meetings would be warranted. Williams has to date violated the league’s drug policy 4 times; I cannot for the life of me see Williams getting reinstated this time around. We’re talking 4 times here. As Cameron told AP (and I agree with him), “The easiest predictor of future behavior is previous behavior.”