Is there no-one down your NFL HQ who took a PR course in business school? Today we have another domestic violence arrest, and as the player is not a star and the team can do OK without him, a quick suspension. But we also learned that Peterson and Hardy’s “suspensions” (also Dwyer’s, I think) are vacations with full pay. I thought paid vacation was a nice thing that people usually want more of! Roger, Roger, you don’t want pictures of these guys partying on the beach with floozies popping up in supermarket aisles; drawing multi-million dollar salaries, there’s plenty left after their lawyer bills to do that.
This is, if possible, even more messed up than yesterday’s improvisations, and it’s bleeding out from the NFL and owners’ suites to all the players, because the Players’ Association contract agreement is looking like a place for violent thugs to hide behind.
Here’s what I think should happen when there’s good reason to believe a player has behaved heinously off the field (good reason is certainly an arrest and might well be a lot less):(1) No play, no practice, stay away from us. Leave your cell phone number; don’t call us.
(2) Your salary goes into an escrow account that you can get at should you establish your innocence. Not “not guilty” court-of-law innocence, or a nolo plea deal for probation and counseling you got from a football-fan ADA: reasonable person preponderance-of-the-evidence innocence. Otherwise it goes to a charity that fights domestic abuse, drunken driving, or whatever you did, except that
(3) if your offense involved a domestic partner or child, half that salary is for them, free and clear, while you’re on suspension. It’s outrageous that the victim of your behavior has to humiliate herself in public forgiving you and blaming herself (cf. Tanay Rice) to protect her financial interest in the career you wrecked, or pauperize herself in order to get away from your abuse.
See, when you’re in court chiseling and weaseling out of paying for the brain damage you laid on your straight-ahead players, and shoveling millions of dollars for no work to the bad actors, people might think your people don’t completely understand the situation, or maybe that you kind of suck at what you-all are being paid for. You’re crossing out of the sleazy greed zone into a much worse place (for you), the clueless incompetent zone, and in that place, in the business world, stuff starts falling on you very hard.