Goodell wants the off the field lawlessness that has become increasingly pervasive in the game to stop, and he has quickly shown that he will deal harshly with troublemakers.
• A year-long suspension for Pacman Jones.
• An eight-game suspension for the Bengals Chris Henry.
• An eight-game suspension for Tank Johnson.
Personally, I love what Goodell is doing. The NFL is the biggest empire in sports, and its biggest black eye right now is player behavior off the field.
Goodell is not only talking about cleaning it up, the way Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has mostly given lip service to the steroid scandal, but he is taking decisive action.
He is hitting players where it hurts the most. Putting teeth in the new conduct policy he insisted on by hitting players where it hurts, taking them out of uniform and making sure they know their careers are in jeopardy when they screw up off the field.
I say it's about time. Your thoughts?