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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Jordan

    Comparing an NFL player to a plumber is lol preposterously stupid. Why did you waste your time? Good god. No one cares about the freaking plumber except those affected, which is like 12 or maybe 50. Is there a fantasy plumbing league? Are plumbers part of a massive multi-billion dollar media behemoth? You’re not that stupid.

    And another thing, the video and the picture evidence are the fucking due process. Are you honestly saying if an NFL punk is caught on legit film cold-cocking his chick or beating the piss out of a 4 year old kid (which they both admitted to before “due process”), we the public must wait until 79 court appeals are heard and “due process” is awarded before we “judge”?

    Get it straight. It’s a new age of ubiquitous vids and pics. I don’t always need a court to tell me who’s a despicable maggot before a judge or jury decides… I believe you and B and B made derogatory comments Mark Chumura in the early 00’s. And he was acquitted. How dare you judge.

    A plumber comparison? That’s what you’ve got? Jeez…

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      DAve

      The plumber and the NFL superstar are both covered by the law.

      The difference is that only the NFL superstar is covered by online dolts who don’t understand due process or the real-world reasons for insisting on its priority. And that’s okay — because these peripheral observers are only relevant if someone is foolish enough to grant them any importance.

      Both you and Goodell have lived in sheltered worlds. Both of you might benefit from leaving those worlds, and Roger is about to do so involuntarily.

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    Brad

    I don’t understand the NFL’s need to appease “The Mob” on issues like this. “The Mob” is a bunch of moralizing ninny’s who glom on to the issue de jure and decide what companies and organizations should do or they will feel their wrath, what ever that may be. What’s even worse, “The Mob”, as a whole, is not a consumer of the NFL product. Do you think the NFL would loose one damn dollar if they would have stuck by the Ray Rice decision? All the NFL is doing now is pissing me off. I’m an actual consumer of the NFL, as in Direct Ticket, team gear, paraphernalia, and the occasional trip to the stadium. I’ve starting to see the NFL as just another formerly great American institution infected with corporatist politics. I could point to several issues over the past several years to show how the NFL has taken a left turn in American society.
    I found it hysterical Budweiser published such a strongly worded letter against the NFL’s domestic abuse issues. If NFL really wanted to send a message to the Public they were going to nip this domestic violence thing in the bud, they would not allow any consumption of alcohol at the stadiums or partner with any beer company for advertising.
    This whole thing is a joke.

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    Josh

    Welcome to mob mentality America, Czabe. Law and Order is a good thing, but the key component is order. When the law becomes arbitrary and contracts become null and void, then Law has no more basis than mob action and because the mob has ‘democratic’ appeal it will always trump arbitrary law. You are right to say that Goddell brought this upon himself; he opened the gates for the barbarians with the Rothlisberger punishment. Mobs are fickle, and if you stand firm and execute laws, contracts, and rules in a reliable, ordered way, the mob grows tired and disperses. But if you give in, like Goddell did, it only inflames them and hands the power over to them. The guillotines are being hoisted, and people like Jordan can already smell the blood and offal. What a shame.

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  4. 4

    George

    Go back to the cesspool of liberal stupidity known as deadspin, Jordan. And stay there.

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    Mark

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

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    Ed

    Agree with the first post. A better example would be NASCAR where every driver is covered in sponsor logos (coming soon to an NFL uniform near you). When you damage the brand, or somehow diminish the ability of the sponsors and owners to make money, you get suspended, or possibly released. Due process is a separate path for the legal system. Fair? As a business owner, I don’t care. Its my money. Have a nice day. (See DeSean Jackson).

    I do agree that it is a management problem, specifically an HR problem. Good policy and procedures should have been in place that explicitly lay out the proper steps toward resolution. On this point I think the players will later have an opportunity to file a workplace grievance for unequal treatment.

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    Jordan

    I’m saying it is preposterous to not take action for absolutely reprehensible behavior. Caught on video. Caught on verified photo. If Goodell tried to hide it but only acted properly after the fact, then rip him for that.

    To say Goodell doesn’t have “balls” or whatever for not telling everyone to STFU while the shitbag player gets full pay and suits up like normal while receiving his “due process’ is a colossally stupid position. And I can’t stand Goodell. But I’m not an idiot so simply hating Goodell while stating something very stupid (with a plumber analogy) doesn’t work for me.

    Once again, if it was your wife/friend/sibling/child that was victimized (on video mind you) by one of these pukes, I’m sure you’d be happy watching the puke tote the rock and collecting millions while he was awaiting his “due process”. Nothing “mobbish” about wanting shitbags to be shown severe consequences for horrible behavior. That used to be expected, so other potential shitbags would think twice, See how that works?

    PS: OJ was acquitted you Einsteins. By your logic, he should have been the lead analyst for NBC and doing Naked Gun sequels after receiving his “due process”… Good god… morons

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    Jordan

    And oh yeah, that prosecutor Jim McClain in Jersey couldn’t put Rice in jail for a day. No chance. No way. Impossible. Quit being an armchair prosecutor.

    ATTN: Moron. Stick to sports. Everything else is your short suit.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/10/ray-rice-shaneen-allen-gun-column/13862831/

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    Jeremy Lis

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. In the case of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, both have admitted to what they are accused of. It’s the league’s prerogative to suspend them.

    We don’t know if these games will count toward a future suspension for Peterson. It is strange that Ray Rice’s hasn’t been given a specific number of games.

    Czaban’s post points to the folly of indefinitely suspending a guy without all of the facts and then later suspending the guy when judged to be guilty. Either the NFL knows he’s guilty and should suspend him for a specific number of games, or they should say they don’t have all the facts and do nothing.

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