If Rice was convicted, he would face up to five years in jail rather than a fine. Two months after his incident, Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program focused on rehabilitation (Elliott). As a result, Rice’s case never went to trial, and his aggravated assault charge would be dropped if he completed the program. Rice was originally suspended for two games without pay and fined $58,000 because of his aggravated assault charge but then he was suspended for six games due to the NFL’s policy on assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault (Elliott). Ray Rice will likely never play another game in an NFL uniform because of the fact that he was caught on camera abusing his wife (Tyler).
This case opened up more suspicion and also caused an effect on people regarding the hidden information that the NFl
Among the terms of the agreement is that the settlement is not to be regarded as an admission of guilt by the league." The NFL knows of the dangers the players are in. The rules change but the equipment increased. Without more or better equipment the players are still in danger. In a PBS Frontline documentary about injuries in football Dr. Robert Stern said," In football, one has to expect that, almost every play of every game and every practice, they're going to be hitting their heads against each other. That's the nature of the game. Those things seem to happen around 1,000 to 1,500 times a year. Each time that happens, it's around 20 g or more. That's the equivalent of driving a car at 35 miles per hour into a brick wall." The players in the NFL know the risk of playing but it is up to the NFL to make the sport safe for the players. Many people may argue that since the players know the risk and they are paid for their athletic performance is ok. However you cannot put a price on a person health. There is no way of rationalizing the behavior of the NFL. Yes, the athletes are paid to perform, but it is up to the NFL to make the sport safer. The NBA has increase rules and is aggressively making the sport less physical. In a Radio interview with XTRA 910 a Phoenix, AZ, Former NBA player, Robert Horry said, "… If you
The spectator of this sport has an obligation to the players of the sport, to make sure that the organization is protecting and looking out for them. Yet not only should the viewer be held accountable for the lack of communication in consequences between the player and the pro scene, but the organization of the NFL needs to make sure that their players have a full understanding of what is going on and how they need to protect the players. The current situation that is understood, contents contain implied knowledge that all parties of this table are in uniform knowledge and agreement to what comes of playing football. Finally, this should also happen at the youth level when kids are just getting into the sport, as it would better inform the parents and the kid if they understood the full
Though this NFL conduct is in the light, it is unnecessary because the U.S. criminal justice system has the ability to end the professional sports careers of society’s worst criminals. Everyone asked themselves how could such a successful, talented person throw their opportunity away like this? Crimes from the past always catch up and come to light in the justice system. The NFL from now on is trying to prevent incidents like this from happening from making their off field standards stronger, and making consequences stronger that come with
I do agree that Tom Brady is unethical if indeed he did deflate these balls. However in this situation even if he is proven to be innocent then his charter will still be questioned as he was brought into this situation. For a leader to break the rules it defiantly questions his ethics in his career and in his life. With this it brings so many questions. Has he ever cheated on a game, how long has this been going on and if he did this then what else did he do to win? Since he was accused of this I feel that his charter will always be in question. I feel that he has no courage is in question as it now seems that he feels that he has to cheat to win. I also feel that he has lost his honor by doing this even if he didn’t do it he is still a suspect
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were accused of deflating footballs to give them an advantage in the January 18th AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Deflated footballs are easier to grip and throw, giving their team a direct advantage over the Colts. The Indianapolis Colts equipment manager first suspected the balls did not meet the NFL’s minimum standard right before half time and after measuring the balls he notified officials. Most all of the balls the Patriots had were not measuring to the correct standard and they found that Tom Brady knew of the violation and said nothing. Punishment from the NFL was a one million fine, four game suspension without pay and the loss of not only their 1st round draft pick in 2016 but also their 4th round draft pick in 2017. In addition, the two equipment staffers responsible for the incident were also indefinitely suspended. (ESPN.com) However, Tom Brady recently won his court appeal overruling the 4 game suspension and will be a starting player in the upcoming
The court system may have allowed many of these players to walk away from very serious crimes with inadequate punishment while the NFL’s response did little to discourage criminal behavior. Because of this, the first part of the solution lies with the judicial system to begin holding players accountable to the same standards as the average American citizen. Michael Vick served just a year and a half behind bars in a state that routinely sentences individuals to five-year terms for the same crime (Humane Society). In the case of O.J. Simpson, a jury of his peers allowed him to walk out of a courtroom a free man despite compelling
When it comes to sports, a competitive mindset is key. In American football, it’s hard not to win without communication and teamwork. In the NFL playoffs of 2015, the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 for the AFC Championship. In a game that originally portrayed the Patriots as an offensive force to be reckoned with, ended out to be a game that goes down in history. After further investigation, the NFL found 11 of the Patriots' 12 footballs in the game to be underinflated by about 2 pounds below the NFL’s requirement. Now whether the allegations are determined to be true or not, it does raise some speculation about the truth of the AFC
Domestic violence is one of the most common crime among male athletes. The statistics are staggering. Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald – three standout NFL players who have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the last 12 months. The acts of the men, particularly Rice, who was caught on camera punching his then fiancée and now wife, Janay in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino, brought domestic violence and sexual assault into sharp focus, in particular how the NFL handles players who commit such dreadful acts (and yes, we can all agree that the justice systems responsible for these cases failed terribly).
Tom Brady wants to take the NFL to federal court, to appeal his charges of four-regular season game suspension and fined the Patriots with a $1 million fine. I believe that the NFL should negotiate Tom Brady’s charges, before he takes it to the federal courts. There is no direct evidence that could prove Brady’s involvement with the football deflation at the AFC Championship game, even though Brady’s appeal hearing sounded inadequate. He could beat the federal case because there is no proof of his involvement. Brady doesn’t have much more to lose if the suspension is upheld, then the NFL does. Ted Wells stated that his team (NFL) has already been billed $5.5 million, with an additional $600,000 for hiring other experts. By negotiating a deal
In today’s NFL, injuries, particularly head injuries, have become a common occurrence regardless of the amount of preventative training that the athletes invest in. These reoccurring head injuries have led to the deaths of former players and yet, instead of their families accepting that it was the player’s decision to continue playing, they somehow choose to blame the NFL as if the NFL committee were the ones creating the injuries to happen or forcing them to play through it. The NFL isn’t to blame for concussions sustained while playing the game because the coaches, medical staff, and players allow continuous play, creation of financial aid programs, new injury policies, and new equipment technology.
Tom Brady did appeal the suspension but it was upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. After the suspension was upheld Tom Brady refused to back down and along with the NFLPA (NFL Players Association) brought the suspension to federal court. The hearing would be done under Judge Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Berman tried his best to get the NFL and Tom Brady to settle on an agreement but both sides held their ground for three hearings. After no settlement was reached Judge Berman was forced to make a ruling, and on september 3, 2015 he threw away Tom Brady’s four game suspension. So Tom Brady had won, or did
The players and teams receive too much leeway when they are involved with crimes or misconducts. They have a “distorted view of themselves” (White) which induces them to “overvalue their abilities and are proud and condescending when relating to others” (White). The league is responsible for investigating and taking action against the players and teams that do not follow the NFL Personal Conduct Policy which the league describes as avoiding “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League” (ESPN). This is required to be accepted by all workers in the NFL: players, general managers, coaches, owners, sideline/team employees, and even game officials. Roger Goodell, because of his title and job description, is delegated to be the “the judge and the jury in individual cases” (Pease). This responsibility he has is not a wise way of handling cases because there needs to be some sort of committee involved in order to give a thorough, well balanced, opinion and
Roger Goodell didn’t respond the way Brown wanted him too. So now Brown took this situation to new measures and continues this attempt on to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC revised the policy, Brown urged them to revise it, he says; “even though the NFL is the world’s most profitable sports league, every year it imposes