A certain formula applies to accounts of off-field player misconduct. Here’s how it goes.
First, the player gets into trouble.
Second, one or more reporters ask the league whether it will look into the situation.
Third, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells each of them that, yes, the league will look into it.
This time around, Aiello has saved himself the obligation of responding to a bunch of e-mail by stating the obvious regarding the Vince Young assault citation via Twitter. “Getting questions about the Vince Young incident,” Aiello said. “Yes, we will look into it.”
Typically, for a first offense, the league does not impose discipline until the criminal proceeding has run its course. When a player has faced multiple incidents, the chances increase of preemptive discipline.