The NFL Has A Zero Tolerance Of What ?

The NFL Has A Zero Tolerance Of What ?

While the NFL has its off-season , the stories that come to the fore never cease to amaze. From former NFL great Lawrence Taylor’s assignation with a young teen and his choosing to having solicited sex from this female , to the very fact that he now causes embarrassment to his wife and immediate family. To top it all with his lawyer professing his client’s innocence we now find out the player confirmed to law enforcement _ members of the Ramapo Police Dept that he did in fact have sex with the teen and paid her for the act . It appears that LT isn’t one to heed his lawyer’s advice.

Former New York Giants L-R: Carl Banks, Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson on the sidelines before an NFC wildcard game January 8, 2006 at the Meadowlands. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Giants 23 - 0. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images ..........

Carl Banks (left), Lawerence Taylor (center) and Harry Caron (right) are seen on the sidelines before an NFC wildcard game at the Meadowlands against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers would go on to defeat the Giants 23-0 . Getty Images / Al Messerschmidt ….

Courtesy of the New York Daily News

Lawrence Taylor’s arrest on rape charges saddens his New York Giants family


By Gary Myers New York Daily News

This was in December of 1998 and I was sitting with Lawrence Taylor in his house in Upper Saddle River, just more than a month before the vote on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It had been a bumpy five years following his retirement and LT was aware voters could stray from the rules and consider his drug arrests and long list of off-the-field problems when considering his candidacy.

LT was in a talkative mood that day – part therapy and part campaigning for votes.

“I’m quite sure, as long as I live, there is always going to be some controversy with me,” he said. “People must think I get up in the morning and say, ‘Let me see what I can get into now.'”

He has rarely given reason to think otherwise.

Although it had been pretty quiet on the LT police blotter since he was inducted in Canton on Aug. 7, 1999, that all changed this past week after he was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl and soliciting a prostitute. LT has two daughters from his first marriage older than the girl he is accused of raping.

It has left the Giants community saddened and stunned.

“LT is like a brother to me,” Harry Carson told the Daily News. “I consider it a family matter and far be it from me to speak about my brother or my family at this time. What generally happens is you circle the wagons and support one another. It’s not about communicating with the world, it’s not about me running my mouth. It’s about trying to be as supportive as I can to someone I am very close to.”

Carson and Taylor had a falling out in the late ’90s after LT’s drug arrest in Florida. He said Carson was saying negative things about him and he was tired of it. They didn’t speak for the nine months before Taylor entered Canton, but Carson broke the ice when he showed up for LT’s induction. Taylor then gave a special mention to Carson in his speech.

“We’ve always been buddies,” Carson said. “There was a period when there was a rough patch.”

Taylor went from the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, where he was honored as one of the 10 best draft picks of all time, to St. Kitts, where he met up with Carson to play in Bruce Smith’s golf tournament. “Everything was fine,” Carson said.

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Now having been indicted , Taylor a trial awaits with all of the paparazzi and mayhem that one expect would occur when it comes to a fallen NFL idol. Should we at all be surprised by the sheer stupidity that emanates from the NFL and from its current or former players ? It’s not as if the league’s hierarchy or the NFLPA- (union) is overly concerned with its image to begin with ! Not only unless it adversely affects the monies coming into its coffers. Roger Goodell merely chooses the battles he sees fit to intervene in but rarely has he been proactive in dealing with many of the underlying issues that affects the game and its image adversely. And it is the same with his union counterpart NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith .

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As reigning Superbowl champions you’d expect that the New Orleans Saints would now be basking in the glory from its 31-17 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts in Superbowl (SBXLIV) . Well low and behold, nothing could be further from the truth. The organization has now become embroiled in a rather nasty civil suit that could very well send shock waves not just within the front office hierarchy of the Saints , itself. But the tremors from those very waves could well be felt across the bows and within the front office of NFL hierarchy itself. Saints’ owner Tom Benson is steadfastly sticking behind team GM Micky Loomis , coach Sean Payton and assistant coach Joe Vitt .

Courtesy of Associated Press

Saints’ coach Payton deflects lawsuit questions

Metairie , Louisiana — Saints coach Sean Payton says this weekend’s rookie camp is the wrong time to address accusations that the club covered up prescription drug thefts and abuse at team headquarters.

Payton says he cannot discuss the matter while a civil lawsuit filed by former team security director Geoffrey Santini is pending.

The suit claims linebackers coach Joe Vitt was caught on video stealing Vicodin from the team’s drug locker and that the Saints tried to keep it quiet. It also claims Payton was allowed to take excessive amounts of Vicodin from team supplies.

Both coaches are going about their normal duties this weekend.

Payton says Vitt deserves as much credit as anyone for last season’s Super Bowl championship.

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What is now unfolding from within the New Orleans Saints is either a wantoned act of sheer stupidity and desperation by several senior executives or just complete deniability or culpability by those embroiled in the alleged theft of property from the Saints. The allegations are that Joe Vitt is said to have removed excessive amounts of the drug Vicodin from the club’s property without authorization. And given the fact that under federal law the drug’s use has to prescribed under prescription from a certified medical professional. Former team security and liaison officer Geoffrey Santini is said to have been asked to conduct an investigation into the missing medication. However, it has been alleged that upon having culminated his investigation , Santini states that GM Micky Loomis conducted a cover up as to what took place and the very fact that Vitt was the actual perpetrator of the criminal act of removing the drugs in question. It is also being alleged that Payton , himself , is also embroiled in this from a standpoint that he’s said to be an alleged abuser in the use of Vicodin. Though there have been denials from both coaches concerning the matter. It has to be said that trying to question Santini’s credibility might well be a tough thing to prove. Geoffrey Santini is a former decorated and seasoned veteran of the FBI .

With Santini having been fired and bring about this suit , the Saints and their legal counsel have made it clear that they intend to challenge this suit vehemently and add this suit itself is without merit and frivolous. However, the landscape of this all could well be altered from the fact that Santini states that he still has within his possession evidence that supports his findings. And much of that evidence stems from the fact that he says he has videotaped recordings of Vitt removing the ‘said items’ from the Saints’ property. If this proves to be true then the cat and mouse antics that’s now taking place between the two sides will be for nought. Federal investigators aren’t yet involved in the matter but one can be sure that they’re watching this all with a great deal of scrutiny. And should they intervene and then become involved in this all, then it could very well spell disaster for a number of high ranking officials within the Saints’ organization. At this moment in time , it is nothing more than a civil suit brought about by an ex-employee of the New Orleans Saints with the organization as defendants and Geoffrey Santini as the the plaintiff.

You’ve either got to be the dumbest “son of a bitch” on the face of the planet or you simply don’t give a f_ck once you become a much vaulted player within the camaraderie of the NFL ! That’s simply the only reason I can now describe ormer USC defensive player Brian Cushing . The player has been drafted by the Houston Texans and was seen as a fulcrum for a very porous defense within the AFC South .

The AP NFL Rookie of The Year will now spend the first four games of the 2010 NFL season having violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy, having tested positive for an illegal substance. Though this isn’t the first time that the player has had such a problem as there had been suspicions as to his use while under Pete Carroll’s program there at USC . And one was under the impression that the only real problem there with the program may well have been flouting the NCAA rules ? Hell no , you name it and more likely than they’d have found a way to circumvent the rules as long as it benefited the program. Never mind the morons within the NCAA hierarchy. Those as_holes couldn’t find their own rear ends were they given a mirror to assist them. And as for USC Athletics’ Director Mike Garrett . Well let’s just say his idea of remaining within the guidelines have become somewhat skewered. As for Pete Carroll , his ass fled from USC faster than sprinter Usain Bolt slips from the starting blocks in a 100 meter sprint. You’re not going to blame him for any of the mess that befalls the program. That s_it will land firmly in the lap of his successor Lane Kiffin .

Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Texans owner: More info needed on suspensions

By Barry Wilner AP Sports Writer

New York (AP)—Houston Texans owner Robert McNair says he’d like more information to be provided to the team when a player has a league suspension pending.

McNair said Monday he knew during the 2009 season that linebacker Brian Cushing(notes) had “an issue” with the NFL. McNair was given no details by the league of what it concerned.

Turns out, it concerned Cushing using a banned substance, for which he was suspended last week for the first four games of the 2010 season.

The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year admitted taking a non-steroid banned substance, which is still considered performance-enhancing by the league. He did not identify the substance he took.

Cushing won the end-of-season honor as part of the AP’s annual awards for outstanding on-field performance by players. As a result of the penalty and admission, the AP is taking a revote for the defensive rookie award plus for All-Pro outside linebacker. Cushing received five votes in that category and made the second team. He is still among the nominees in the revote.

All ballots in the revote are due by early Wednesday afternoon.

Cushing was a runaway winner for the rookie award in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He received 39 votes, easily beating Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd(notes), who had six.

“This is the first time we’ve encountered an issue like this,” said Lou Ferrara, AP’s managing editor for sports and entertainment. “Because these awards are based on on-field performance, we consider it necessary to review the matter and allow for a re-vote, especially after concerns were raised by many of our voters.”

McNair criticized the suspension and appeal process.

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Texans’ owner Bob McNair feels aggrieved that Cushing will have to undergo the four game suspension. Did I miss something here ? But this is a mandatory suspension that was agreed upon by all parties concerned , the owners the NFL hierarchy and that of the , NFLPA as laid out in the collective bargaining agreement. Brian Cushing for his part hasn’t been forthcoming as to what he tested positive for but one can surmise that it could either be for marijuana or a steroid. McNair on the other hand is crying foul for all of the wrong reasons. Could an owner be more asinine in his resolve ?

You don’t bend the rules simply because you’re not happy with it ! Especially given the fact that the player’s character has come into question prior to his joining the NFL. I am of the opinion that the NFL at times , feels that it is above the laws of the land ? Never mind the fact that its players act like a bunch of primadonas the vast majority of the time ! Clearly there’s something awry here when an owner feels that the hierarchy of the game ought to be answerable to him and not the other way around. After-all , it is a player that is in the Texans’ employ that has flouted the rules here . And as such if there’s proof of guilt then the punishment ought to fit the crime.

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Here it appears that McNair is merely trying to make the situation as it concerns his player somewhat more beneficial to himself and his organization. As to the NFL under the tenure of Roger Goodell , as its commissioner . I am still at a loss what to make of him not just as the game’s highest ranking official but also as a human being ! The vast majority of the time he comes across as none-plussed and clearly out of his depth . And at other times even when trying to be succinct you can’t be sure what it is that he’s trying to communicate to us all en masse`. Pardon for saying this but what is the NFL’s actual tolerance level and policy ? Does anyone really know ? If you have an answer or the answers , then by all means submit them as part of your response to this very article . It ought to make for an interesting topic of discussion !

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ………………………..

Nelly …………………. “Country Grammar”

15 thoughts on “The NFL Has A Zero Tolerance Of What ?

  1. […] Carson and Taylor had a falling out in the late ’90s after LT’s drug arrest in Florida. He said Carson was saying negative things about him and he was tired of it. They didn’t speak for the nine months before Taylor entered Canton, …. Brian Cushing for his part hasn’t been forthcoming as to what he tested positive for but one can surmise that it could either be for marijuana or a steroid. McNair on the other hand is crying foul for all of the wrong reasons. …Click Here […]

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  2. So…wwhat did you expect? Honesty and integrity?? Until all pros are tested daily and owners/mgr’s etal abide by the rules and guidelines or face lifetime expulsion it ain’t happening.

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  3. al clements

    I know it ain’t happening when it comes to the NFL , NBA or even MLB for that matter ! Look at the mess that the Texas Rangers are now in ?

    The owner Tom Hicks doesn’t want to sell the team even though his holding company that manages and all of sporting interests is ladened with a mountain of debt. Hicks Sports Holding owes over $ 2billion to various creditors here and abroad.

    If the hierarchy of MLB has to intervene it means that the organization may well have to be contracted _ declaration of bankruptcy or the filing of Chapter 11 if they can’t find a suitable owner . In doing so it cost all of the teams within MLB several million dollars in losses in order to meet the team’s obligations. That means the players’ salaries as well as that of the organization’s ancillary staff . All because of a damn greedy owner who’s not prepared to act sensible and do the right thing.

    Tom Hicks the dumbest owner in all of baseball and one of the people who hanahan aspires and says that conservatives with brains because they know how to run a company ? Or in this case ruin several companies including several major sports franchises _ Dallas Stars _ Liverpool FC and the Texas Rangers . Need one say anymore on the matter ?

    Conservatives are just as dumb as their Liberal counterparts. No one person has the wherewithal over the other when it comes to being a complete dumb-ass !

    Alan Parkins

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  4. al clements

    I know it’s not going to change not when the hierarchies all of the four major sports have about as much integrity as the politicians in Washington . Which in effect is none at all ! Tom Hicks has essentially bankrupted the Dallas Stars , Texas Rangers and Liverpool FC of the EPL .

    “I’m a fiscal Conservative and a proud Republican and I do know how to ruin, I mean run a business”.

    Tom Hicks is this man the dumbest owner in all of professional sports ? Or does the mantel still belong to Al Davis ?

    Now he’s hoping that the jackass known as Bud Selig will bail his ass out if the potential bidders back out of the deal. If that happens it’s going to end up costing the teams of MLB several million dollars .

    The New Orleans Saints are in a mess and have a great deal of explaining to do if these allegations are proven to be true. I think that the owner Tom Benson may want to put this all behind him by settling the suit of court via a financial settlement.

    As for Brian Cushing what else can one say other than this kid is a complete dumb ass ! As too is Texans’ owner Bob McNair !

    Last but not least Conservatives are no more intelligent than their alleged Liberal counterparts. Truth be told they’re equally as dumb as one another. Neither has a cure for what ails this country. If anything they’d both tend to fu_k things up spuriously and with a great deal of contempt !

    Alan Parkins

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  5. chappy

    I don’t think that any NFL player wants to caught taking a female hormone as was the case with Manny Ramirez and the Reds’ player Edison Volquez. Don’t you think that makes ’em seem somewhat effeminate ? Hey Manny are you breasts lactating milk at present ? Edison why are you crying have you been menstruating ? That’s not the sort of question you want to be seen being asked by a teammate !

    The game is a mess at present and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the Saints and their situation. I wonder what Goodell will do should they settle with the plaintiff ? Will he see it as an admission of guilt on the part of the Saints ? And if so will he suspend anyone ?

    I mean he’s still got an alleged rapist to deal with on the Colts’ staff , for which he’s done absolutely nothing as of yet. What gives ?

    Minka Kelly lets Jeter lay the wood to her . And why not ?

    Alan Parkins

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  6. chappy

    NFLPA Exec Director DeMaurice Smith now says that he’s very troubled by the situation surrounding Brian Cushing ? Now that’s a surprise and a novelty coming from a high ranking union official representing the players.

    What’s next on his agenda ….. talking about how players can best avoid getting in trouble with the law. Something he and his predecessor (Gene Upshaw) have failed to address continuously . Bunch of friggin’ hypocrites !

    Alan Parkins

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  7. I wonder if Goodell had any idea what he was getting himself into when he set out to clean up football. There has been some crazy stuff going on in the sport for as long as I can remember and if he means to put an end to the insanity, all I can say is he better get some help, because he is seriously out numbered.

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  8. aero

    The smell of dog crap has more of a conducive smell than what’s now emanating out of the NFL ! And personally I’m not so sure that Goodell has a clue how to handle the situation. He makes John Kerry seem like a decisive type of guy . And as we all know that Kerry always votes for a bill before then rethinks the decision and then rescinds his vote and goes against it.

    That’s the type of decision making that Goodell is now bringing to the NFL . God help us and the fans of the game !

    “I’d like to tell you that John Kerry and I share the same passion about things. He loves porn but I’m into hardcore porn ! He loves fat women naked arms akimbo in whipped cream and jello. I prefer to screw ’em doggy style ! What can I say I’m a perverted bas_ard ” ! Roger Goodell speaks candidly.

    Alan Parkins

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  9. Chris Humpherys

    The teenager in question was Harry Carson’s grand-daughter. It appears that LT simply doesn’t care where “he lays the wood” just as long as he’s gettin’ some . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

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  10. A hooker in the employ of the “pimp” Rasheed Davis has come forward to say that the teen didn’t in fact have sex with LT. However what she fails to indicate is why she did nothing to stop the endgangerment of the teen. Somehow her credibility is shot to hell don’t you think ? Never mind the fact that having been mirandized LT gave a sworn statement that there was sexual contact with the teen. However his lawyer is trying to suggest that a condom found in the hotel room wasn’t his client’s and that it was left there by the concierge service who hadn’t done a good job of cleaning the room in the first place. What a crock of s_it to begin with !

    Alan Parkins

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  11. LEt me start off by saying I’m a lifelong Giants fan.

    I don’t believe anything that comes out of Lawerence Taylor’s mouth. And Neither does the media. Which is exactly why he didn’t even bother telling a lie when this happened.

    There was no excuse for him to be there doing what he was doing and the evidence is awfully damning.

    As for Goddell and the NFL it’s not really their fault because the average football player retires about at least twenty years before people in other professions do. They have a lot of time on their hands and that’s usually never a good thing.

    “Cocaine’s a hell of a drug” – Rick James

    Meehan

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    1. Ravenation

      If LT can’t discern the difference ‘tween a 16 year old and a girl of 21 then his ass needs to be tossed in jail . For Christ’s sake he’s now an embarrassment to his wife and kids holed up in South Florida. No piece of sweet smelling young underage va-jay-jay is worth doing time over . He’s now looking at 5 years if not more of jail time with the possibility of being registered as a sex offender. What an a_shole !

      As for Goodell he picks and chooses the battles he enters in order to make himself look good . He’s taking a leaf out of David Stern’s book . “If I look good then we (NFL) all look good !

      AP

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