It takes a special kind of person to (1) Organize a pay-for-injury system with their little NFL team, including targeting the previous injuries of specific players; and then (2) Plan to appeal the NFL Board's decision to suspend them for a year for inciting and directing in such activities.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but these people need to be suspended from the game for life. They should be made to pump gas at a CitGo or work on the back of waste management truck. They offered $1,500 to hit some players, to produce injuries that could end a player's career? That's like saying, "This player's career is only worth fifteen hundred dollars."
Professional football has always been a physical contest, and for professional athletes the risk of injury is always present. People in high-risk occupations accept that as part of the job. But, consider -- you're a player with potential, who's struggled and made your way on to a national team. You're supporting a wife, children, a mother, and other relatives. You have a chance to earn more during your professional career than ten regular men will in their lifetimes -- and you're there by the grace of God, by luck and chance and fate.
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Then, suddenly, you're hit in a game, and your career is sidelined, or worse, over. But you consider that it was just the breaks, man; it was fate, chance. Things just happen. And then you find out it wasn't like that : Your career, your ability to provide for others, is over because you were targeted. It wasn't fate that took you out, it wasn't just 'the breaks'.
If I were one of those targeted players, I'd be consulting with counsel and filing a civil action. If I were a DA, I'd be wondering about filing conspiracy charges. And frankly, if I were one of the
As a friend of mine once observed, you can do anything in this life you want; absolutely anything -- so long as you understand that you have to pull the freight behind the actions you take or the decisions you make.
MEHR: It's been pointed out that Big Greg Williams was suspended from the NFL indefinitely, where Mr. Peyton was given a one-year suspension. I still say ban these