joejlitz wrote:It will be interesting to see what happens with this. As I read about this elsewhere, it seems there were two violations alleged to be committed by the Saints personnel involved. The first involves player safety; the second involves the actual money being transferred in the bounty. The appeals court overturned the suspensions because it had an issue with Goodell potentially imposing a suspension for the money aspect of the bounty - not the player safety aspect.
Goodell is entitled to suspend players when illegal* acts are committed that affect player safety. He is entitled to fine players and organizations for transferring funds outside the scope of their contracts - that is illegal. But he is not entitled to suspend for that and his prior decision to suspend was unclear as to how the punishment was divided between the two infractions.
Players will play in Week 1, but a suspension could still follow. This isn't over.
* illegal is my word - not likely the right word, but you get the point.
Which brings to the forefront the matter of evidence. Does Goodell have any? Is it admissible and strong enough to uphold any other punative actions the sheriff would want to take? My hope is that, being a creature of habit, he has already destroyed any supposed evidence and has nothing now to work with. The league may need to be more careful moving forward. If they start trying to issue out justice without enough proof the courts may want to take a closer look at the interworkings of professional sports. Certainly nobody wants to see that happen.*
*granted, wild speculation and fairly unlikely.
The other side of the coin here is what do the players do? Were they allowed to practice with their teams while suspensions were being challenged? Why not? Do they now have legal recourse? Does a team dare field them and risk the wrath of Goodell?
It is starting to look as if the man tarnishing the image of the league is Goodell. Fire Goodell!
No, seriously, they need to evaluate his effectiveness at this point.