What has me concerned at the moment the fact that Roger Goodell can hand out multiple-game suspensions like they were Halloween candy, at his own personal whim. This might not be a problem today or tomorrow, but it opens the NFL up to some potentially difficult situations in the future.
Roethlisberger, as I'm sure you're aware, got slapped with a very expensive six-game vacation from the commissioner today. As you're also aware, Roethlisberger has never been charged with a crime. It is, as Michael Tunison points out here, the first time the league has ever suspended a player without an arrest, formal criminal charges or failed drug test.
So by what rule can the commissioner hit Roethlisberger with a six-game time-out? No rule, really. Goodell just said in his statement regarding the suspension that Roethlisberger's behavior wasn'tRead More »from I'm a bit uncomfortable with Goodell's limitless power to punish