OTA’s are over. Training camps are on the cusp. The players have time to catch their breath before the grind begins. Coaches are deep in thought. Fans are trying to figure out final rosters with little data. It must be NFL Suspension Season.
RB Robert Turbin – 4 Games
The Indianapolis Colts will be without the services of Mr. Turbin for the first four games of the 2018 NFL Season after being suspended for a PED violation. Turbin has already released the non-apology, not-my-fault, I’m-taking-responsability statement written by his agent.
— Robert Turbin (@RobT_33) June 29, 2018
LB Nigel Bradham – 1 Game
The Philadelphia Eagles will not be starting the season fully staffed as Bradham will be donating his game check due to a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. When you are getting paid millions of dollars to be a face of an organization getting in bar fights is frowned upon. On the other hand, he’s their best LB and should not be too affected by the forced benching.
I would like to apologize to my fans, coaches, teammates and the entire eagles organization for the 1 game suspension.This stems from a July 2016 incident and the matter is now resolved.I look forward to giving it my all this season and helping the team win another Championship
— Nigel Bradham (@NigelBradham_13) June 29, 2018
QB Jameis Winston – 3 Games
Winston gets 3 games of a mandatory 6 game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in regards to domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.
Oh wait, Winston doesn’t play for the Dallas Cowboys, who are not on the commissioners Christmas card list, and he’s a valuable commodity being a QB. He’s not going to have to appeal as the NFL does it for him figuring, of course, he would win. So after “only” grabbing an Uber driver by the crotch, not removing his hand for a protracted amount of time, lying about it, apologizing for it though not admitting to it and having his own teammates question his mental health the (now) serial abuser will do half of the “mandatory” six-game suspension.
It’s not like the NFL’s own lead investigator found the player to be innocent and after having presented her findings to the league was sidelined and made unavailable. That would be the Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott. No, here the NFL found that the victim highly credible with events likely unfolding exactly as she had described with the player already admitted as much.
Makes perfect sense to me. After all, right and wrong have very little (if anything) to do with the NFL’s suspensions. It’s all about their take on public perception at any given time mixed in with some old-school, back-room, Machiavellian shenanigans amongst billionaires.
Camps open soon!
What say you Sports Nation?
Another Left Coast Sports Post: on Twitter – Steven Van Over