Some interesting takes on the Adam "Pac
-Man" Jones fiasco that took place last week at the NBA All-Star weekend in Las
The NFL, spearheaded by the players union led by Gene Upshaw
, and Roger Godell
agree, steps must be taken to clean up the sports off field persona.
The Jones story was well documented by Jason Whitlock
last week, and commented on by yours truly. The ESPN point of view is echoed here by Bomani Jones.
Jones has a built in distrust of law enforcement and it comes through loud and clear when he makes no bones about it in the article. Jones comes flat out and states that "the man" (whoever that is) will hold the livelihood of another in the palm of his hands. Of course that is the case with any law breaking individual in America. If your walking around with a warrant for your arrest or you are leaving the scene of an altercation, your livelihood lies in the hands of others. That is how it works.
Surprisingly though, ESPN published a dissenting point of view, provided here by Jemele Hill.
Hill may have ulterior motives as she explicitly points to the violence perpetrated by a man against a woman. That is her prerogative. If that is her agenda so be it, any violence by a man against the weaker sex is reprehensible and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Three ex-players, Merril Hoge
, Mark Schlereth
and Joe Theismann weigh-in here.
Not surprisingly the players agree with Hill and only lament the definition of a "strike". I agree with them partially, the definition of a strike needs to be clear and concise. This should not be a problem though since the NFL employs the best and the brightest in the legal profession, a pool that produced current Commissioner Roger Godell
An off shoot of this story is Billy Hunter the NBA players rep
not wanting next years All-Star game being held in NawLins
without assurances of security. Hunter is correct to have concerns. The argument given against Hunter was relayed by Mike Greenberg
on the Mike and Mike show this morning and Tony Kornheiser
on this evenings PTI
draws a larger crowd then the All-Star game and they handle it every year. They handled it this year with nine murders taking place on opening night of the festival. Hunter is right and apologists are wrong on this.
Back to the point at hand, here's my take. The legal tangles will be a difficult undertaking. We are America though so it can be done. The problem I see is exemplified by the Tank Johnson incident. In the liberal enclave of Shitcago
, Johnson was vilified and convicted by the court of public opinion and the media for owning guns and ammo. In the conservative enclave of Mississippi Brett Favre
embraces hunting and owns many more guns and probably has much more ammo on hand then Johnson could ever dream of. Does Johnson get a strike? Does Favre
get a strike for re-hab
? I understand Johnson was on probation but Favre
is an admitted drug abuser and depending on the state you live in that disqualifies you from owning guns as well as probation. If the police visit Favres
home he would be in as much trouble as Johnson. Remember the police visited Jonhson's
home only because a person in his employ died. The same as when Bretts
brother or father died. A warrant is a warrant is a warrant.Bomani
Jones mentions Lawrence Philips and how the St Louis Rams handled his situation as the self policing strategy that will work. That is wrong, Philips, committed several more crimes and is now serving hard time because of the criminal he is. All St Louis did was save money and Jones says that's
good. The Rams did not take a criminal off the street. The St Louis Rams case that should be examined is that of Leonard Little. Little killed two people while drunk driving and received probation. During that probationary period Little killed another person while driving drunk. Little should be in jail, I know, but is that one or two strikes? Little signed a lucrative extension during his second trial and continues to ply his wares in the NFL for the St Louis Rams. Another to chew on, Jamal Lewis Baltimore RB, convicted, did time in plea agreement. Ray Lewis Baltimore LB, not convicted only due to a plea agreement. One conspired to deal drugs the other was involved in murder. Which gets a year and which gets four games. Nine Cincinnasty
Bungles get arrested in the last year, a full 20% of their roster, where do we come down here?
America is a nation of laws. We write laws for 300 million people and millions more businesses as well as regulations and rules for millions more. I don't want an arbitration committee to decide this because as we know that is subject to politics. We can draw a line. We draw lines everyday.
I hope the NFL draws realistic lines in this undertaking. I do not want a toothless publicity campaign three strikes rule put out there. Godell
did well on the steroids issue, he insisted on blood tests and got it. He needs to do the same here. If there are no teeth in this three strike rule it will be manipulated by today's lawyer driven society.
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