Saturday, November 29, 2014

Try Edmonton

Ray Rice can come back to the NFL, or so we're told:
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice has won his appeal and been reinstated to the NFL.

The judge who made the ruling in the case believed Rice did not lie to the NFL during a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell in June.

"I find that the NFLPA carried its burden of showing that Rice did not mislead the Commissioner at the June 16th meeting, and therefore, that the imposition of a second suspension based on the same incident and the same known facts about the incident, was arbitrary," Judge Barbara Jones wrote in her decision, which was obtained by ESPN.

"The Commissioner needed to be fair and consistent in his imposition of discipline," Jones added.
I don't think Rice will play in the NFL again. You can't be running this ad:

And then welcome back the guy who did this:

You can "start a conversation," but the NFL isn't particularly interested in having that particular conversation at the moment. It's just not going to happen. If Ray Rice is going to play football again, it's a lot more likely that he'll play in Canada than in the NFL.

What does the decision mean for Adrian Peterson? Well, he'll probably be reinstated, too. It may not be this year, but I don't think Roger Goodell will want to lose again. I suspect Peterson will have a chance to play in the league next year; will it be in Minnesota? I suspect the Vikings are doing some focus group work on the matter even as we speak.


Gino said...

in my line of work (union labor), if the company loses in arbitration, i would generally be awarded back pay.
too bad such is not the case here.

jerrye92002 said...

If the Vikings are smart, they will decide that winning games with AP is a lot better than having the fickle appreciation of a few nanny-state ninnies.