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18 hours ago, MikeCurtis said:

There is enough on the tape, as well as a previous pleading of guilty

 

The guy is a piece of crap

 

It shows a pattern

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It will be interesting to see if the NFL does something

 

Remember when Peterson was thrown out for using a switch on his kid?

 

This guy is on tape admitting to hitting the kid....

 

GIVE ME A BREAK.... BE CONSISTENT

 

Minimum ONE year suspension

 

 

Is using a switch to discipline your child against NFL personal conduct policy?

Is snapping a towel on his butt?

Is cursing at him.....under the age of say 13, but okay to curse over the age of 13?

Is sticking out your tongue at him okay?

 

As a prospective player, I would have a hard time understanding how far I could go in disciplining my kid before Roger Goodell disapproved.

 

Where should he draw the line?  As a player, how would I know where to draw the line? 

 

What is legal and what isn't seems to be a a fairly bright line for everyone to see.

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28 minutes ago, DougDew said:

Is using a switch to discipline your child against NFL personal conduct policy?

Is snapping a towel on his butt?

Is cursing at him.....under the age of say 13, but okay to curse over the age of 13?

Is sticking out your tongue at him okay?

 

As a prospective player, I would have a hard time understanding how far I could go in disciplining my kid before Roger Goodell disapproved.

 

Where should he draw the line?  As a player, how would I know where to draw the line? 

 

What is legal and what isn't seems to be a a fairly bright line for everyone to see.

Great points, there clearly ISNT a hard rule to follow

 

But do you just let it sit where its at?

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, MikeCurtis said:

I REALLY think you missed my point

 

I was switched growing up, spanked , smacked, etc..........  

 

I was taught manners and respect

 

I also taught my kids respect ...... we used a wooden spoon for a quick swat

 

I was making a comparison 

 

AP's kids had some welts (I know them well) Four years old seems a little young for welts

 

Tyreeks kid had a BROKEN ARM

 

He didnt deny hitting the kid in the chest with his fist

 

AP's activity is questionable at worse..........  He was suspended

 

Tyreek is worse.....

 

 

Tyreek didn’t break his kids arm, it’s been proven many times. Also, the allegations that he punches his kid in the chest were brought up once again by Espinal, who is every bit, if not more, crazy as Hill is. Who knows who to trust there. Regardless, I just really want continuity with Goodell’s decisions, and I’m sure you can agree with that. Either don’t suspend them at all, or suspend all of them

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42 minutes ago, WarGhost21 said:

Regardless, I just really want continuity with Goodell’s decisions, and I’m sure you can agree with that. Either don’t suspend them at all, or suspend all of them

 

People say they want that, but I don't believe it. Every situation is different, and should be handled differently.

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13 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

People say they want that, but I don't believe it. Every situation is different, and should be handled differently.

No no, I agree with that statement entirely, but it’s just outrageous that Goodell seemingly changes his stance all the time. As I said earlier in this thread, we don’t have all the information, so I’m not one to judge, but from what we do have it just seems like it should be similar to Zeke’s incident. It’s just maddening how Goodell is always so “on-again, off-again”, ya know?

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4 minutes ago, WarGhost21 said:

No no, I agree with that statement entirely, but it’s just outrageous that Goodell seemingly changes his stance all the time. As I said earlier in this thread, we don’t have all the information, so I’m not one to judge, but from what we do have it just seems like it should be similar to Zeke’s incident. It’s just maddening how Goodell is always so “on-again, off-again”, ya know?

 

What people want is to criticize Goodell and the league, and they'll do that no matter what. 

 

The NFL said they cannot conclude that Hill violated the conduct policy. There's significant doubt cast on whether Hill harmed the child at all. I think what Hill said on the phone call with his ex-partner was terrible, but I don't think that saying something terrible rises to the level of being worthy of a suspension.

 

And let's say the league did suspend him over this matter, based on what they know so far. If further information came out, would they be able to suspend him again? I think that's a major legal consideration.

 

To me, it's hypocritical to make an issue over how the NFL handles player conduct, because the fans and media are quite literally NEVER happy with what happens. If a player is suspended, Goodell is being unfair, and everyone says the league shouldn't be punishing players for off the field actions. If a player is not suspended, Goodell is being inconsistent, and everyone says they should treat each situation the same. 

 

The NFL is now using a committee to give input and help make determinations on these matters. It's not Roger Goodell sitting at his desk and deciding on a whim whether to suspend a player or not. But the popular and seemingly automatic reaction is 'Goodell is an *,' and it doesn't matter what the decision is. It's always about how awful Goodell is.

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9 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

What people want is to criticize Goodell and the league, and they'll do that no matter what. 

 

The NFL said they cannot conclude that Hill violated the conduct policy. There's significant doubt cast on whether Hill harmed the child at all. I think what Hill said on the phone call with his ex-partner was terrible, but I don't think that saying something terrible rises to the level of being worthy of a suspension.

 

And let's say the league did suspend him over this matter, based on what they know so far. If further information came out, would they be able to suspend him again? I think that's a major legal consideration.

 

To me, it's hypocritical to make an issue over how the NFL handles player conduct, because the fans and media are quite literally NEVER happy with what happens. If a player is suspended, Goodell is being unfair, and everyone says the league shouldn't be punishing players for off the field actions. If a player is not suspended, Goodell is being inconsistent, and everyone says they should treat each situation the same. 

 

The NFL is now using a committee to give input and help make determinations on these matters. It's not Roger Goodell sitting at his desk and deciding on a whim whether to suspend a player or not. But the popular and seemingly automatic reaction is 'Goodell is an *,' and it doesn't matter what the decision is. It's always about how awful Goodell is.

Right, I agree with you, I’m saying it’s not up to us to pass judgement and none of us should blame anyone for any decision. I guess I could have phrased it better, but what I mean is that we can’t be sure about anything that has been said or has surfaced, so why are we even arguing over it and getting upset about decisions when we have minimal insight into it. I just want everyone to let it go and leave decision making to the people who get it, yet that will never happen and people will always want justice. I agree though, Goodell catches way too much flak, and we all prance around acting like we know better. 

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1 hour ago, MikeCurtis said:

Great points, there clearly ISNT a hard rule to follow

 

But do you just let it sit where its at?

 

 

 

 

If Hill broke the law according to the people who get paid to determine those things, then I think Goodell has enough facts to go with.  If charges get dropped, its usually due to murky evidence, and I would think it would be hard to justify disciplinary action.

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3 hours ago, Southside Hoosier Fan said:

My bad, let me summarize better. I have a good friend who while only about 5"11 190 and over 50, is former military,  who flat out told me,  If I ever see that piece of crap in public I will pummel him into oblivion and let them arrest me. There is no doubt in my mind he would do it, and can do it.

 

He'd have to catch him first.  :funny:

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5 minutes ago, DougDew said:

If Hill broke the law according to the people who get paid to determine those things, then I think Goodell has enough facts to go with.  If charges get dropped, its usually due to murky evidence, and I would think it would be hard to justify disciplinary action.

 

It could easily be due to the accuser / alleged victim deciding not to cooperate with the investigation. Or maybe in this case, the DA doesn't consider the accuser to be credible.

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It seems like video evidence is needed for the NFL to do anything. There was video of Rice and Hunt, there was not of Hill. What she could do is set up a small camera in their house without him knowing. It is legal in every state. Then if anything happened to her or the kid it would be on video for the police and the NFL to see. Like certain people do with nanny cams when they fear their kids are being abused.

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1 hour ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

It seems like video evidence is needed for the NFL to do anything. There was video of Rice and Hunt, there was not of Hill. What she could do is set up a small camera in their house without him knowing. It is legal in every state. Then if anything happened to her or the kid it would be on video for the police and the NFL to see. Like certain people do with nanny cams when they fear their kids are being abused.

 

There's no video of Jarran Reed, that I know of.

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7 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

There's no video of Jarran Reed, that I know of.

The NFL is too inconsistent with their punishments. I am pretty sure though if their was video of Hill abusing his wife or son then he would be in huge trouble. I am surprised just based off his past and the audio we heard he didn't get 4 games.

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1 minute ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

The NFL is too inconsistent with their punishments. I am pretty sure though if their was video of Hill abusing his wife or son then he would be in huge trouble. I am surprised just based off his past and the audio we heard he didn't get 4 games.

 

Video would be proof, right? That's kind of the reason the case was closed, and why the NFL didn't suspend him. It's unclear whether he did any of the stuff he's been accused of, besides speak harshly to the woman.

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2 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

Video would be proof, right? That's kind of the reason the case was closed, and why the NFL didn't suspend him. It's unclear whether he did any of the stuff he's been accused of, besides speak harshly to the woman.

Video would be concrete proof, at least I think so. That audio was awful though and in the past he pleaded guilty to abusing her.

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1 minute ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

Video would be concrete proof, at least I think so. That audio was awful though and in the past he pleaded guilty to abusing her.

 

The previous guilty plea was before he got to the NFL. The audio was awful, but I don't think a player should be suspended for an occasion of abusive speech. It's certainly not proof of anything other than that.

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2 hours ago, Superman said:

 

It could easily be due to the accuser / alleged victim deciding not to cooperate with the investigation. Or maybe in this case, the DA doesn't consider the accuser to be credible.

But if Goodell suspended Hill, then he would be saying the accuser is credible "enough" even though the DA doesn't think so.  That seems to go beyond the duties of a commissioner.  That seems like a self appointed King Solomon.  

 

I think what really happens is the NFL, like many companies, sticks their finger in the air and tries to gauge how much public image enhancement they would get by taking various actions in the social arena.  If they think they can enhance their image by suspending a player simply because they see enough smoke, they will, if they can get away with it.  If the NFL thinks there isn't enough public support or their may be a lawsuit, they do something minor.  I think the enforcement of their personal conduct policy is based upon that simple equation.

 

And here we are trying to talk about facts and apply some sort action based upon morals, as if that's the way the NFL approaches it.

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1 hour ago, DougDew said:

But if Goodell suspended Hill, then he would be saying the accuser is credible "enough" even though the DA doesn't think so.  That seems to go beyond the duties of a commissioner.  That seems like a self appointed King Solomon.  

 

I think what really happens is the NFL, like many companies, sticks their finger in the air and tries to gauge how much public image enhancement they would get by taking various actions in the social arena.  If they think they can enhance their image by suspending a player simply because they see enough smoke, they will, if they can get away with it.  If the NFL thinks there isn't enough public support or their may be a lawsuit, they do something minor.  I think the enforcement of their personal conduct policy is based upon that simple equation.

 

And here we are trying to talk about facts and apply some sort action based upon morals, as if that's the way the NFL approaches it.

 

I'm saying that murky evidence isn't he only reason charges might be dropped. 

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Pathetic thread and topic.

 

When I was little (growing up in the 80s-90s), my dad would give me bloody noses if I spoke Mandarin Chinese in the household and not English.

 

It's very common for him to kick the chair out from under me if I was doing my homework too slow.

 

Or take a belt, hit me across the back a dozen times for the same reason.

 

One time (I was playing with a painting on the wall and ruined it), he punched me in the mouth, knocked out a baby tooth.

 

Not once did I think he was abusive or thought about calling the police.

 

Current generation is turning into a bunch of wussies who love to pile on others, smoke marijuana, and act morally superior.

 

Suddenly in 2019, disciplining your kids has become a government (and NFL) issue.

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4 hours ago, rock8591 said:

Pathetic thread and topic.

 

When I was little (growing up in the 80s-90s), my dad would give me bloody noses if I spoke Mandarin Chinese in the household and not English.

 

It's very common for him to kick the chair out from under me if I was doing my homework too slow.

 

Or take a belt, hit me across the back a dozen times for the same reason.

 

One time (I was playing with a painting on the wall and ruined it), he punched me in the mouth, knocked out a baby tooth.

 

Not once did I think he was abusive or thought about calling the police.

 

Current generation is turning into a bunch of wussies who love to pile on others, smoke marijuana, and act morally superior.

 

Suddenly in 2019, disciplining your kids has become a government (and NFL) issue.

I'm sorry that happened to you.  It should not happen to any child

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6 hours ago, rock8591 said:

Pathetic thread and topic.

 

When I was little (growing up in the 80s-90s), my dad would give me bloody noses if I spoke Mandarin Chinese in the household and not English.

 

It's very common for him to kick the chair out from under me if I was doing my homework too slow.

 

Or take a belt, hit me across the back a dozen times for the same reason.

 

One time (I was playing with a painting on the wall and ruined it), he punched me in the mouth, knocked out a baby tooth.

 

Not once did I think he was abusive or thought about calling the police.

 

Current generation is turning into a bunch of wussies who love to pile on others, smoke marijuana, and act morally superior.

 

Suddenly in 2019, disciplining your kids has become a government (and NFL) issue.

What you describe here is child abuse.   Hopefully you dont discipline your children this way

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And here we are.  The NFL chooses to get into the middle of  things not football related and take's sides.  It doesn't have to do that.

 

And it seems comfortable in applying their own standards of evidence by which they then apply their own morals.  It projects an element of elitism that seems inconsistent with a traditionally  blue-collar sport.

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2 hours ago, DougDew said:

And here we are.  The NFL chooses to get into the middle of  things not football related and take's sides.  It doesn't have to do that.

 

And it seems comfortable in applying their own standards of evidence by which they then apply their own morals.  It projects an element of elitism that seems inconsistent with a traditionally  blue-collar sport.

The NFL isn't suspending him.   Had it been proven that he broke his child's arm,  he would have been.   And should have been

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My newest stance on those cases - the NFL should be out of the business of punishing players for off-the-field stuff. Let the legal system do its thing and let the teams decide whether they want players with questionable character represent their organizations. I'm sick of arbitrary decision by the commissioner. If a player gets charged and convicted for something let that be his punishment. If he doesn't get convicted but the preponderance of evidence shows he's probably guilty put it on the teams to make a decision on whether they should keep him and if they do whether or not they would punish him or suspended due to internal rules and let the fans of each team show their approval or disapproval of those decisions through their wallets. 

 

Whatever evidence there is in the public for the player's horrible conduct off the field let it stand on its merits and let him suffer the social and marketability consequences. Quite honestly I'm done trying to understand what the league wants to do. IMO there is no foresight and no principled position here. It's all desire to do PR damage control... this is not about some deeply held belief by NFL owners about morals or behavior. This is all about avoiding public backlash and redirecting that decision onto the commissioner's hands rather than on the teams that want to play that player. I'm shocked Goodell has not given up that privilege already. The weight of those decisions should be given back to the teams with all the consequences that might follow... 

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Sometimes when I talk online after a few drinks, I overstate things slightly to make a point.

 

What I'm trying to say is this; regardless if Tyreek Hill accidentally broke his son's arm, the fact that the government (and the NFL) trying to teach the people how to raise their kids is 10x the crime.

 

NFL's "personal conduct" policy is a joke, and just a way for them to force their own politics on people, without ever a crime being committed (in the legal sense), charges pressed, or arrests made. Imagine a workplace that found out that you went fishing this weekend and the CEO of the company is a fish lover, finds your behavior to be abominable (despite no laws broken), and deciding to suspend you from work for that reason.

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4 hours ago, jvan1973 said:

The NFL isn't suspending him.   Had it been proven that he broke his child's arm,  he would have been.   And should have been

Then there would be the matter of whether or not it was intentional.

 

If he's not in jail, then the justice system must have weighed the facts and found the crime to be not that serious.  If he is in jail, suspending a player when he's sitting in jail seems like grandstanding to me. 

 

Its kind of like announcing you're cutting a player for rape after he was just sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

Hopefully, people understand that not suspending a player is not the same thing as condoning questionable behavior.

 

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19 hours ago, rock8591 said:

just a way for them to force their own politics on people

 

"Don't break your toddler's arm" = politics. Got it.

 

19 hours ago, rock8591 said:

Imagine a workplace that found out that you went fishing this weekend and the CEO of the company is a fish lover, finds your behavior to be abominable (despite no laws broken), and deciding to suspend you from work for that reason.

 

Imagine equating fishing to child abuse.

 

Good heavens...

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19 hours ago, DougDew said:

If he's not in jail, then the justice system must have weighed the facts and found the crime to be not that serious.

 

You understand that this statement is not factually accurate, right?

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2 hours ago, Superman said:

 

You understand that this statement is not factually accurate, right?

In what material way is it not? 

 

I'm not a legal scholar, and I'm thinking about this in terms of the NFL policy.  I assume guilty pleas or something to that effect means the prosecutors feel the punishment (sentence) is consistent enough with the supportability of the facts.  Or, no prosecution means they have considered the facts to be not supportable, so they become discarded as being no facts at all, essentially.

 

I'm trying to figure out why there seems to be support for the NFL to then take it upon themselves to try to figure out what the facts are despite the NFL not having standards for facts being supportable enough to administer discipline. (Goodell interviews the player?). It seems like discipline could simply be based upon sticking a finger in the air and trying (successfully) to read the climate, but then saying the facts of the case compelled them to administer discipline. 

 

Not that the NFL is doing that in this case.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, DougDew said:

In what material way is it not? 

 

 

I mentioned it earlier. Just because the DA decides not to pursue a criminal case doesn't mean they've determined that no crime was committed, or that the crime possibly committed was not serious.

 

There are many reasons a prosecutor might decide not to pursue a case. If they decide that way, it should not be considered an indication that they don't think a crime was committed. That's a serious misrepresentation. 

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52 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

I mentioned it earlier. Just because the DA decides not to pursue a criminal case doesn't mean they've determined that no crime was committed, or that the crime possibly committed was not serious.

 

There are many reasons a prosecutor might decide not to pursue a case. If they decide that way, it should not be considered an indication that they don't think a crime was committed. That's a serious misrepresentation. 

I understand what the DA might think, but its the ruling of the adjudication process that define's if a crime has been committed, not what the DA thinks, IMO.  If the DA didn't take it that far, then no crime has been committed, unless we're speaking in terms of a commonly-accepted moral violation; to which I'm told I should be tolerant of other's way's, and those are rooted in their morals.    

 

I don't know why the NFL chooses to adjudicate situations of personal conduct.  It has no standards for the quality of evidence.  It has no explicit rules governing player's child disciplinary tactics.  It appears to not be interested in establishing such standards. It seems like the process could rely heavily upon Goodell's opinion about social media reaction to an internet video.  

 

I think choosing to adjudicate is a bad decision for the NFL.

 

I've stated my opinion on that many times, so I'll stop now.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, DougDew said:

its the ruling of the adjudication process that define's if a crime has been committed, not what the DA thinks, IMO.  If the DA didn't take it that far, then no crime has been committed

 

This is objectively false. It doesn't matter whether the legal system takes up a case or not, a crime is committed when a crime is committed, not when that crime is investigated, charged and tried.

 

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I think choosing to adjudicate is a bad decision for the NFL.

 

I've stated my opinion on that many times, so I'll stop now.

 

 

I wasn't objecting to that opinion. I disagree, but I think that's predictable. 

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54 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

This is objectively false. It doesn't matter whether the legal system takes up a case or not, a crime is committed when a crime is committed, not when that crime is investigated, charged and tried.

 

 

I wasn't objecting to that opinion. I disagree, but I think that's predictable. 

A crime is committed when its committed, but who decides a crime has been committed and how do they make that judgment.  I don't want to argue.  The policy is what it is, and doesn't apply that often.

 

I have a question for you and the group.  No right answer, just interested in opinions.

 

Did Jesse Smollett commit a crime?  Should he be suspended from his livelihood right now by his employer under their poorly defined personal conduct policy (assume he was a NFL player, should he be suspended by Goodell?)

 

Should Smollett's attackers, or "attacker's", however you want to look at it, be suspended by the NFL if they were players?

 

 

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10 minutes ago, DougDew said:

Did Jesse Smollett commit a crime?

 

I don't know the facts about what happened there, just like I don't know for sure what happened with Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal. If he did pay to have an attack staged, and then reported it as if he were really attacked, then he's guilty of multiple crimes.

 

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Should he be suspended right now by his employer under their poorly defined personal conduct policy (assume he was a NFL player, should he be suspended by Goodell?)

 

That depends on his employer, the terms of his employment, and whether those terms are legally enforceable. 

 

Let me ask you a question in return. If you ran a private TV network with programming that focuses on safe driving, and your advertisers are all drawn to your network to advertise to your target demographic, but your highest profile TV personality was arrested for DUI and reckless driving, would you continue to employ that person?

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20 minutes ago, DougDew said:

I have a question for you and the group.

 

Counter-question:

 

What do you think would happen if OJ was a current player and that whole murder drama played out right now?  Did he commit a crime?  Criminal court says no, civil court says yes.  What should Goodell do?

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30 minutes ago, DougDew said:

A crime is committed when its committed, but who decides a crime has been committed and how do they make that judgment.  I don't want to argue.  The policy is what it is, and doesn't apply that often.

 

I have a question for you and the group.  No right answer, just interested in opinions.

 

Did Jesse Smollett commit a crime?  Should he be suspended from his livelihood right now by his employer under their poorly defined personal conduct policy (assume he was a NFL player, should he be suspended by Goodell?)

 

Should Smollett's attackers, or "attacker's", however you want to look at it, be suspended by the NFL if they were players?

 

 

Jussie Smollett committed a crime by False Reporting to police. That is a Class 4 Felony in Illinois and a Class B Misdemeanor here in Indiana. Punishable upto 6 months in jail and hefty court fines. He clearly lied and everyone knows it. He had his charges dropped because he has a lot of money. The evidence was right there to prosecute him. His employers know he lied so they said goodbye. They aren't dumb. 

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31 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

If I'm ever tried for a crime, I hope you aren't on the jury.

If you think Jussie Smollett is innocent or OJ is I hope you aren't on the jury anywhere. I guess with OJ you did not need to be because he got off haha .

 

Your comment is really off base with me and surprising because I do not think everyone is necessarily guilty. When the evidence is overwhelming it is tough to ignore though in certain cases.

 

Also it depends on your case and what evidence I see. I think Smollett and OJ's was pretty overwhelming but yet charges were dropped against Smollett and OJ was proven innocent of murder. Law is the law I guess. Like I think Mike Tyson was innocent of rape and he was proven guilty. I do not think everyone is lying or guilty but in Smollett's and OJ's case to me it was clear. In Tyson's case it was his word vs hers. She went up to his room at 2am to have coffee I guess - yeah right. It was all about money there. Some things are just common sense.

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IMO, to be expected as he was raw coming in and was coming off a knee injury, I don't think he was supposed to get near the snaps he did last year, but we know what happened with Hooker and sort of forced Blackmon into the fire).  RYS had a down year, but I don't see why he can't bounce back - he's got the physical traits - I tend to think he battled some mental demons after some P-Int penalties, and hopefully he can refine his technique some and come back strong.     In all, on the D, I think we're in good shape.  Keep in mind, it seemed like 'Flus called the D a bit differently last year than he had in earlier years here.  We are, overall (aside from Houston, Autry, Rhodes) very young on D.  We had a very weird off-season last year, which (IMO) is critical for younger guys.  I can't help but think it didn't help the likes of guys like RYS and Oke who saw their roles increase and change (IMO, OKe's change was more than a 'slight' change) between their rookie year and year 2.     On O, ideally we'll see solid QB play from Wentz (I won't go as far as to saying he needs a 'bounce back' year as he hasn't been in Indy before and it sounds like there was a lot of toxicity in Philly, hopefully all he needs in a change of scenery and a reunion with Reich).  Our OL was solid, so as long as we can replace AC at LT I think we'll be OK there.  We had pretty consistent play from Hines and Wilkins throughout the year and JT got dramatically better as the season wore on -- I think if those guys can start up where they left off, we're more than fine at RB.  TY didn't have his best year, but he's be declining for about 3 years now, so if we bring him back, all we can do is hope he stays healthy and I think we'll be in OK shape.  Pittman missed some time with his leg compartment syndrome, but was solid down the stretch, so I don't think we need him to 'bounce back', just continue on his trajectory and he's gonna be solid.  Pascal was solid and I think we've pretty much seen his ceiling, so he just needs to stay solid.  It would be sweet to see Campbell and/or Patmon to emerge, but don't think we need them to 'bounce back' as we've never gotten high level results from them to begin with.     Then on STs, we were pretty solid all around.  Would like to see Blankenship add a bit more umphf to his kicks, but he was solid and Sanchez was solid punting.  The coverage and return units were solid overall.   So really, I think we need a comeback or bounce back year from RYS and maybe Oke... but overall, I don't think we need a 'bunch of them.'       I agree, pretty much  have to temper expectations on Speed being from a small school.  He did really improve on STs last year and he got his praise any time Ballard or any coaches spoke about him.  I get the feeling Ballard and staff are willing to use patience with project players (Ballard states that fairly regularly).  With Oke, Walker, Leonard and then Franklin who has more playing experience at LB - I don't think there was really much need to rush Speed into an LB role last year.  He got plenty of ST snaps and did well there, hopefully boosting his confidence that he can play at NFL level while still refining his LB technique in practices and the film room.     While I would rather see guys like Adams and Glasgow on STs - I don't think it is terrible to have them on the roster primarily as STers but being our 5th and 6th ranked LBs on the depth chart as well.  Meaning, if we went into the season with Leonard, Oke, Speed and Franklin as our top 4 with Adams and Glasgow as STers but listed as 5 and 6 on depth chart, I don't think it'd be the worst thing (especially considering we predominantly play with only 2 LBers on the field).  So, sure it'd be nice to bring in a mid-late round draft pick or sign a decent FA for fairly cheap, but I'd rather see us dishing out money to bring in a solid LT, a playmaker at TE (and maybe WR), retain Rhodes, ensure the DL was solid (either by bringing back Houston and Autry or by getting a guy like Bud Dupree/JJ Watt/etc.), and add OL depth.  In otherwords, regardless of if we bring Walker back or not, I don't think LB is a top 5 position of concern right now.   I don't think Walker is going to command a ton, but he was 15th in the NFL in tackles in 2018 (124), tied for 28th (105) in 2019 and in the top 50 in 2020 (92).  He's a pretty productive player and a solid one - so he's going to demand significantly more than he was getting as a 5th round pick on his rookie contract.  And yes, he definitely wants to play more and I think his biggest issue here is his lack of athleticism.  You're right, he'll probably play more in a 3-4 D and he will likely be offered more money by a team where he'll play a lot than what Ballard will offer him.    See the last line from Ballard in this article:  https://www.colts.com/news/chris-ballard-philip-rivers-ty-hilton-xavier-rhodes-2020-season-press-conference (Ballard on Linebacker Anthony Walker: "I have a special relationship with Anthony Walker. Selfless. Team guy. Rare leader. I hope he gets into coaching one day or scouting. Mark my words on this: if Anthony Walker gets into coaching, he will be a head football coach in the National Football League. And if he gets into scouting, he'll be a general manager. He's brilliant — absolutely brilliant, and he's made of the right stuff. I know Anthony wants to play more. We value Anthony. We'll see how it works out. I want good for Anthony."   My guess is Walker is gone.  
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