Pete123444 wrote: UNDEFEATED wrote:
Why does JLEW get 2 games and O SMITH get 4 Games...How was that figured out?
BTW i have absolutely not been following this because i dont own either of these fools....
i can't figure out why this one was so quick....he just plead out and bam, 2 games suspension. o smith's case took about as long as a viking draft pick,passed up a few games so he could play and all.
i dunno all the details so i guess i need to just stay quiet.
My understanding is that the plea and the suspension were carefully orchestrated by Lewis's attorneys. The League was kept apprised of the plea negotiations the entire time. Apparently, Lewis's lawyers made it very clear to the league that anything beyond a minimal suspension was going to be met with a lot of resistance, both by the union through internal NFL channels, but also by them through the courts. In the interest of avoiding a huge scandal, the current compromise was struck. Based on this, my guess is that Lewis doesn't appeal the suspension (just speculation).
The big winner is obviously Lewis, who gets to serve his sentence in the offseason and gets to miss minimal time during the season. The Ravens also come up big winners because they don't lose Lewis's services for too long (and they only lose Lewis for games against Buffalo and Philadelphia). Lewis in essence gets a midseason break and rests up for the Ravens' stretch run (notably, they have New England and Pittsburgh late in the season).
The real loser in my opinion is the NFL. They not ony have to wear the black eye of another drug scandal, but they also have to suffer the indignity of looking soft on this type of behavior. Let's face it, Lewis is a two-time offender of the NFL's drug program and is going to jail for a wholly separate drug-related offense, and all he gets is a 2-game suspension.
As for the argument that this entire ordeal transpired before he signed his first contract, Lewis was in a precarious position. He had been drafted and was subject to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. Because he enjoyed the benefits of that arrangement, he should also be made to suffer its penalties. Sure, he wasn't under contract, but that's the case with any free agent too. We certainly wouldn't think twice of a player being suspended by the league for a similar offense if he was in between teams.
All this said, Lewis is one of my favorite players. I hope he rebounds and stays out of trouble (which he was doing. Remember, this happened years ago).