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League looking into Brandon Underwood case

As police continue to investigate claims from two women that Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood allegedly sexually assaulted them, Underwood’s legal battle has a new front — the National Football League.

“There is an active law enforcement investigation and we are monitoring
developments,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press on Sunday.  “As with any such incident, it will be reviewed under the
league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”

But don’t expect the NFL to take action before the case resolves, unless and until Underwood has a second incident.  As explained when news of the situation first broke, the player accused of assault won’t be subject to a suspension absent proof of a pattern of allegations.  (It could be argued, in theory, that two women making allegations constitutes a pattern, even if the allegations arose on the same evening.)

That said, if guilt becomes overwhelming as to a single incident, the league could intervene.  It widely was believed that the NFL planned to suspend receiver Plaxico Burress before he pleaded guilty to felony weapons charges last year.

For Underwood, the fact that the allegations fall within the realm of he said/shes said makes it difficult for the league to draw any solid conclusions.  And if Underwood ultimately isn’t charged, the league likely will take no action against him.

Going forward, however, the situation likely will count as a strike against Underwood in the event he faces future allegations.  As Commissioner Roger Goodell said when I interviewed him for our first-ever PFT season preview magazine, “You can make a mistake or you can be targeted or set up once, maybe twice.  It’s starting to develop that you’re in the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time.”

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20 Responses to “League looking into Brandon Underwood case”
  1. mjhutmkr says: Jun 7, 2010 8:54 AM

    Oh no! Not another Packer sexual assault?
    Typical off-season in Green Bay.

  2. lebowski says: Jun 7, 2010 8:58 AM

    I say let Josh Sitton hold his arms while Clay Matthews gets a few solar plexus shots. Stupid a-hole.

  3. Gregjennings85 says: Jun 7, 2010 9:30 AM

    Consensual, period.

  4. FireJerryJones says: Jun 7, 2010 9:37 AM

    Can’t believe the league is not looking into the Buffalo player who strained his Wang.

  5. generalbo says: Jun 7, 2010 9:39 AM

    All this attention for the 5th cornerback on the depth chart?

  6. MrHumble says: Jun 7, 2010 9:47 AM

    Doesn’t living in Green Bay, WI with amongt a State full of alcoholics qualify as being in “the wrong place, with the wrong people at the wrong time”?

  7. DolFan Dan says: Jun 7, 2010 9:47 AM

    Florio, why aren’t you pushing the Packers to dole out their own punishment even before a conviction the way you are pushing the Dolphins to do for less serious alleged crimes?

  8. contract says: Jun 7, 2010 10:00 AM

    According to Goodell, criminal activity need not have occurred for a suspension to be warranted. He needs to protect the shield.
    blah blah blah

  9. TrentDilferisaDouche says: Jun 7, 2010 10:03 AM

    It is so tiresome listening to the media nuzzling green bay’s nutsack year after year so this latest scandal gives us a brief reprieve. Thank you Mr. Underwood.

  10. purpleguy says: Jun 7, 2010 10:11 AM

    Vikes fans have had to listen to Pack fan cracks about the “homer” MN legal system the last year with the Williams boys. Now we get to watch the WI authorities and fans sweep this matter under the rug, while all the cheesers ironically prattle on about consensual sex, constitutional rights, let the legal system run its course, blah, blah, blah.

  11. Afternmath17 says: Jun 7, 2010 10:24 AM

    These two cougars drove up from Milwaukee with one thing on their minds and I doubt it was to sell girl scout cookies.

  12. Calistin says: Jun 7, 2010 10:25 AM

    Let he who has no sin, cast the first stone. Hypocrites. Don’t even know all the facts, yet here you sit passing judgement. For shame.
    Minnesota is no different than Wisconsin in terms of intelligence, bad apples, or fat woman.
    The only sad thing is, people from Minnesota seem to have a inferiority complex and always are trying to prove themselves to be “better.”
    You come from the same place and are the same people. Too bad both states are filled with so many idiots the give their respective states and populace a bad name.
    Quit demonizing these players, and stop acting as if there aren’t people out to get these players for whatever they can.

  13. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 7, 2010 10:39 AM

    # purpleguy says: June 7, 2010 10:11 AM
    Vikes fans have had to listen to Pack fan cracks about the “homer” MN legal system the last year with the Williams boys. Now we get to watch the WI authorities and fans sweep this matter under the rug, while all the cheesers ironically prattle on about consensual sex, constitutional rights, let the legal system run its course, blah, blah, blah.
    —————-
    Riiiiiiiiiight…. The entire thing is fishy from the start and anyone with a brain can see that. Two women leave the bar with a guy to go to his hotel room and then he has a non-consensual threesome against their will? How is that even possible unless he did it at gunpoint?

  14. DePack says: Jun 7, 2010 11:08 AM

    It was a condo that 7 Packers were staying at after drinking all night? I don’t know who raped whom but why would they all be sharing a condo especially with someone who “has been trouble since he got there”?
    The Packers should at least fine every one of them so they will think before they put themselves in that type of situation. These guys all love the fame, notoriety, money and tang that comes with being a professional althlete. It’s always been that way. The difference these days is that the tang is never satisfied just “being with” one of these guys…..now they are looking for a payday and it will only get worse as long as young guys are given a ton of money and have penises.

  15. tufar says: Jun 7, 2010 12:14 PM

    The NFL should contact Jimmy Smith or Bob Nelson, these two guys have all the answers to this, even though it’s highly unlikely they have any detailed facts on which to base their opinions. It’s rumored that the two of them are putting a website together called packapologists.com where you will be able to find generic excuses that fit all indiscretions that may be affecting the Green Packers.

  16. Contra says: Jun 7, 2010 12:23 PM

    I love it….bring on more negative news about the Packers. I love how defensive the Packer fans get when something wrong goes with their team. “No, it couldnt be true…we have 12 paper championships waaa waaa” “No, not us…look, the Vikings over there have Brett Favre waaa waa” “No way a Packer could do this…we have a 60,000 member season ticket waiting list waaaa waaaa”
    Hilarious stuff Packer fans, keep it coming. Shows the character of their fan base. And, just like roaches, their players and fans scatter once the light is shown. Keep the comedy coming Packers…keep it coming!

  17. PackAttackBackMan says: Jun 7, 2010 1:14 PM

    @ Contra
    LOL…I am a Packer fan and that was one funny post.

  18. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jun 7, 2010 1:43 PM

    Contra says:
    I love it….bring on more negative news about the Packers. I love how defensive the Packer fans get when something wrong goes with their team. “No, it couldnt be true…we have 12 paper championships waaa waaa” “No, not us…look, the Vikings over there have Brett Favre waaa waa” “No way a Packer could do this…we have a 60,000 member season ticket waiting list waaaa waaaa”
    ____________________________________
    “Paper Championships” are what the Vikings have about twenty of. You know, where all of you fans get aroused each April and declare that this, THIS will be your year, only to watch your team fall on their face once again when they actually have to play the games.
    We have twelve “real” championships. You might have heard of those, or maybe not. Those are the ones you actually win, by playing games, and not choking in the playoffs. It’s okay. I could understand if you’re not too familiar with them.
    Other than that, your post is absolutely correct. The Packers are slowly becoming a laughingstock.
    Ted has run them into the ground for five straight years, and passed on multiple FA’s citing character issues while drafting complete scum like Jolly and Underwood, as well as lesser idiots like Havner and Raji.
    So laugh it up. No one can blame you. For once in… ever, you have the more talented, less criminal team of the two. Enjoy it while it lasts though. Ted’s days are numbered.

  19. zygi milf says: Jun 7, 2010 3:40 PM

    Even if it was consensual, and it probably was, it’s still worse than a certain boat trip on Lake Minnetonka.
    The women in that little scandal never yelled rape.

  20. packers4life says: Jun 7, 2010 7:43 PM

    “Ted has run them into the ground for five straight years, and passed on multiple FA’s citing character issues while drafting complete scum like Jolly and Underwood, as well as lesser idiots like Havner and Raji.”
    Out of the five total years Thompson has been GM, the Packers have only had two losing seasons. Not bad considering there are much worse teams out there that actually have GMs running them into the ground.

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