Post by RDF on Dec 18, 2007 15:15:51 GMT -5
hifigator said:RDF, the Roy Williams tackle violates a specific rule making a specific act illegal because of potential injury to the other player. Givne that he has been called for that identical penalty, not once but twice before this season, it makes sense to suspend him, to teach him to not do it again. Next time I would suggest myabe 4 games, (25%) of the season.
I didn't read the story on Dwight Smith, but I presume your facts were correct. Now first off, you know how I feel about weed, but that is beside the point. At least in Florida, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor citation. It is exactly the same crime as open container for example. Now possession of amounts over that are a felony. As well as potentially possession with intent to distribute. The point is that misemeanor possession is simply not a serious offense. Would you want your boss suspending employees who are doing their job perfectly but on their own time slipped up somewhere along the line? I mean in all seriousness, simple misdemeanor charges in some cities include spitting on the sidewalk, jaywalking and as I mentioned walking in public with an open container of alcohol. I just don't think we want more intrusion into our daily lives. I do understand that as a professional athlete, you give up some of your privacy, but do we really want such incidents to transfer over to additional punishment at the vocational level? I for one, think not.
Smith leaving his car running in middle of one of the busier streets in downtown MPLS, only to have weed in the car--and remember he's driving--admits to the weed, and all of this takes place at the bar/restaurant/club which is below the now closed club he was caught being with a female in stairwell in public the year before. It's not a matter of what you or I think of the crime--it's the fact that is more embarrassing for the franchise/league (especially a team struggling to sell out home games and get a new stadium built) then a guy who is tackling wrong. I agree that Williams should be suspended and understand why--but I also laugh at what takes more precedent in NFL circles in terms of getting immediate reaction from the league office.