The NFL has completed its investigation into allegations that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver. Winston will be issued a three-game suspension by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Winston has yet to be informed of the official punishment, though.
Winston was never arrested or charged with a crime for this alleged incident. But the NFL’s personal conduct policy is broad and does not carry the same burden of proof as the criminal justice system.
That would be easy for Goodell to say. But he hasn’t. And he won’t. Because he’s scared.
You have to understand this: There was a time when calling Goodell scared was unthinkable.
But now, we’ve heard nothing from Goodell as the NFL has undergone perhaps one of the most blistering attacks on it ever. Goodell and all of his cronies have run scared as Trump has played them for suckers.
How did this happen? Where did Goodell get lost?
Perhaps Owens is even loving every bit of the criticism aimed in his direction since he announced Thursday that he’ll pretty much take a knee on the Hall’s traditional enshrinement christening. Hey, that’s his prerogative.
But it’s a terrible mistake.
It seems like a no-brainer conclusion that Owens, who seemed to crave the spotlight during his heyday, feels like he needs to make some sorry point — at the expense of fellow Hall of Famers and people like George Stewart, his former position coach tapped to present him — by becoming the first (living) Canton-bound enshrinee to not bother to show up.
He already has as much or more WAR than 74 position-player Hall of Famers and more than 56 modern-era Hall of Fame players at any non-pitcher position. That includes modern legends such as Mike Piazza, Vladimir Guerrero, Willie Stargell and Kirby Puckett, or less-recent legends such Harmon Killebrew, Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Joe Medwick or George Sisler.