Deflategate news continues to come out all day everyday. I could keep writing about it, but it’s just getting boring. It’s like babysitting five-year olds at this point. “NFL, be more fair with your punishment! Patriots, accept it and stop making stupid excuses!” Boom, over.
A huge reason that we’re even at this stage is because of the botched Ray Rice suspension, which isn’t fair to anyone. The NFL just continues to blow it. Roger Goodell wants to talk integrity of the game? Maybe take a page out of the WNBA’s playbook.
I don’t follow the WNBA at all, but I know who Brittney Griner is. You may have noticed she had a recent domestic violence case of her own. Griner and Glory Johnson (her partner and fellow WNBA player), were arrested on April 22 after a physical altercation.
Less than a month after the arrests, the WNBA has already jumped into action, released a statement that makes sense to a reasonable human being, and determined the punishment. Both players will be suspended for seven games — which is actually a pretty strong punishment considering they play only 34 games in a season.
But the point is that they took it seriously (even with one of their biggest stars involved), figured out what they thought was fair (whether it is or not) without trying to hide anything, and made a quick decision. Can’t we just make it this simple in all pro sports leagues??
Obviously, this is the WNBA and not the NFL … so not to diminish women’s basketball, but there’s a big difference in popularity and attention. But when you break it down, Griner is probably more important to WNBA fans than Rice is to NFL fans, just on a smaller scale. Most people just care about their fantasy team or DFS lineups anyway, Justin Forsett had an awesome season, so who needs Ray Rice unless you’re a Ravens fan?
It goes without saying, the Griner/Johnson decision was made essentially with no spotlight on it, and is meaningless to most sports fans. But it’s laughable how much better the WNBA handled themselves as an organization in comparison to the NFL, so it’s worth pointing out.
As I keep saying, Roger wants integrity and we’re not going to get it until someone else gets his job. Get Goodell out of there and start getting it right, NFL.
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