Goodell Finally Reviews Zapruder Tape, Cowboys Release Oswald
What's been overlooked in all this Ray Rice controversy is that Commissioner Roger Goodell has set a precedent for the NFL dealing with Off-Field Violence committed by its players. From now on, there must be actual video of the act of violence that is "extremely clear, extremely graphic and sickening" for the league to take the appropriate action. At least that's how Goodell justified waiting all this time to suspend Rice rather than wrist slap he originally gave Rice. And come to think of it, obvious may be a requirement as well.
Note that the process for penalizing On-Field Violence - that is, battery against other men of similar physical build as their attackers, wearing protective gear - is already well-established and well video-taped. Think about how many angles we saw Antonio Brown face-kick the Cleveland punter last weekend. Perhaps the monetary value of the players has something to do with that.
This new Off-Field Violence policy will likely create two results. First, any potential violent offenders (your murders, your spouse abusers, your rapers, your armed robbers), will now congregate in places without cameras. So if you live in Amish country, move. NOW. And yes, I realize the internet readership of the technology-phobic Amish is quite low, or perhaps nonexistent.
If the commissioner had really asked for the video, he would've made it very public & very clear that the casino refused to give it to him.
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
The other is that the NFL will now make up for lost time (or at least while the current administration still has a job) and will start reviewing other tapes it has claimed were unavailable to them until now. In a related story, Lee Harvey Oswald, Hitler, and Justin Bieber have all been let go by their respective teams, while the Unabomber will serve a two-game suspension.
— Anthony Davis (@AnthonyDavis76) September 10, 2014
David Young was a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @flyingturkeys.
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