posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 03:02 PM
Originally posted by yeahright
reply to post by schrodingers dog
He demonstrates a pattern of placing himself in situations where bad things happen. That goes beyond douchebaggery all the way to plain stupid.
Granted, but I put it to you that for the most part what differentiates him with at least a half of his peers is a pattern of hanging out in clubs
where people talk. Again, please understand I am not condoning his behavior ... but in the clubs I worked at and owned, and the one's mrs sdog has
worked and is working at, we could have half the players of the local teams suspended on a permanent rotating basis given their nightly behavior.
Like I said in the previous post I am amazed that these guys even take the chance to go out, heck some of them aren't even smart enough to pay for a
driver that they can obviously afford and decide to drive home drunk every night lest they miss the opportunity to show off the phat rims on their new
Lambo. In the process playing career (or life threatening) Russian roulette on a weekly basis.
ETA: The cynic/realist in me sees these sort of suspensions as PR exercises to protect the NFL and Steeler brands more than anything else, plus it's
not like the Steelers are averse to saving 3 or so mil ... social virtues being the least relevant factors in such decision making. Keep in mind, not
only was Ben not found guilty of anything, he has never even been arrested!
ETalsoA: Unless I am looking at the wrong document I'm not even sure he violated the NFL's
Personal Conduct Policy.
Correction: It looks like the commish sent a memo just a few days ago to expand the policy in anticipation of this suspension.
"The Policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that
'is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful.' This standard reflects the recognition that the conduct
and behavior of our players and other league and team employees is critically important. Whether it involves your team or another, these incidents
affect us all -- every investigation, arrest, or other allegation of improper conduct undermines the respect for our league by our fans,
lessens the confidence of our business partners and threatens the continued success of our brand.
(emphasis mine to highlight the
ludicrously broad interpretation and application potential)
You know, I'm smelling a little conspiraceh here ... no one, including BR or the union seems to be putting much of an objection here, maybe he's
just counting his lucky stars he didn't get arrested/convicted and is just taking whatever they dish out hoping to put the whole thing behind
[edit on 21 Apr 2010 by schrodingers dog]