Дата публикации: 2017-11-15 06:28
But the six-game suspension doesn’t address why the NFL was able to throw the book at Ezekiel Elliott, at least unless it gets reduced on appeal: They had a highly cooperative witness, which seemed to matter more than in previous cases when they held piles of evidence and still doled out measly suspensions. Is what happened to Tiffany Thompson six times worse than what happened to Molly Brown ? Three times as bad as what happened to Janay Rice ? There is no way to escape the message sent here to victims. Play our game and we’ll throw the book at a player ignore us and we’ll blame you.
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now – whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible – have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
“Blake Bortles has shown you enough to where you don’t think Kaep would be a solid fit?” Sherman added. “Kaep has won games.”
In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell , Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti wringing his hands over the idea of signing Colin Kaepernick.
Even if you don’t agree with Sherman—although an All-Pro cornerback’s assessment of quarterback play seems pretty trustworthy—I think we can all find joy in that vicious Jets burn.
At a fan forum on Sunday, Bisciotti answered a question about potentially signing Kaepernick by hemming and hawing and admitting that he was hesitant to do so because he worried about how fans might react to Kaepernick’s political beliefs. Never did he address the fact that with Joe Flacco injured, Kaepernick is a better quarterback than any of the Ravens’ current options, something you might assume would be the determining factor in such a situation. To Sherman, this doesn’t make much sense:
And yet, in looking over case after case, it is clear that they are continuing to just make it up as they go along. The fact that just making it up has for once brought them down on the side of the accuser and not the accused doesn’t make it any better. When Molly Brown refused to cooperate with NFL investigators—for very good reasons—the league fed reporters stories about how it had discovered that domestic violence was complicated and difficult to adjudicate. Its officials openly talked to Jane McManus about ignoring the six-game rule, and ESPN reported these numbers at the time:
Is there a counterargument to all this? Yes. The NFL is an employer and it can do whatever it damn well wants with it employees, as long as it stays within the lines of the relevant law and collectively-bargained agreements with the players’ union. It was the NFL owners and Goodell, though, who set themselves up for scrutiny by insisting , over and over, they would get this right, bringing in the best and most qualified independent experts and building clear, consistent standards and fair, transparent processes.
Buried at the bottom of the NFL’s memo, though, is perhaps the most telling part of all. Elliott might have to undergo counseling. or he might not.
This dynamic can be seen playing out in the letter that the NFL sent to Elliott explaining his punishment, a league press call about the suspension, and the usual anonymous sources feeding NFL beat writers. For example, the league memo at no point discusses an affidavit signed by a witness, Ayrin Mason, in which she said Thompson, Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, asked her to lie and say she saw Elliott attack her. Mason also gave prosecutors text messages, which later were released under Ohio’s public records law, which could be seen as supporting her statement.