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Players watching Lewand decision closely

Lions president Tom Lewand picked the wrong time of year to get arrested.

With little to distract us during the ssssslow period, the aftermath of his arrest continues to get attention from the media and players.

“I hope R Goodell
holds NFL exec to the same standards as Players,” free agent linebacker Antonio Pierce wrote on Twitter Wednesday.  “Trust me all Players
are talking about that Right now
.”

That’s one side.  Here’s the other, as presented by agent Ralph Cindrich in response to Florio’s recent PFTV segment wondering what to do with Lewand:

“How about giving a decent family guy a break for 1
screw up?” Cindrich asks.

Lewand has wedged Goodell into a tough spot.  Lewand is a first-time offender, but shouldn’t executives set an example for their employees?

Fair or not, a lack of serious punishment for Lewand would be seen by many players as evidence of a double standard.

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21 Responses to “Players watching Lewand decision closely”
  1. brasho says: Jun 30, 2010 7:12 PM

    I’m not much of a drinker, but if I were president of the Lions.. i would drink heavily… and probably drive… as fast as I could…at brickwalls.

  2. bigrig says: Jun 30, 2010 7:16 PM

    Players can talk all they want. They don’t call the shots. Roger does.
    And what Roger says, goes. And if the players don’t like it, they can find another line of work. The league won’t have any trouble finding someone to take their place.

  3. FireJerryJones says: Jun 30, 2010 7:17 PM

    Seems pretty clear that booze and the car business go hand in hand. So don’t expect Mr. Ford to reprimand Lewand.
    Ford and drinking and driving… that’s ok right?
    But the NFL is supposedly saying that all these guys represent the League. I guess we’ll see ifit’s just the ‘on fiel’ product that’s subject to suspension.
    Only a fine to the team will do here.

  4. willy410 says: Jun 30, 2010 7:20 PM

    Lewand should be given the same treatment as any first time offender in the NFL.

  5. JaggedMark says: Jun 30, 2010 7:22 PM

    Lions fan here
    Watched the entire news feed video (about 15-20min).
    What an embarrassment. I say punish him.

  6. Dick Gozinia says: Jun 30, 2010 7:36 PM

    Fair or not, a lack of serious punishment for Lewand would be seen by many players as evidence of a double standard.
    ———————————————————
    Blah, blah nobody outside of Detroit would even know who Lewand was. Very little impact on the league image as compared to the same infraction with a coach or player.
    It’s not about vengeance… it’s about fairness. What are you going to do? Suspend him for games? B.S. You’re going to fine him millions? I reckon that’s doable, but is it fair?

  7. numberfour says: Jun 30, 2010 7:37 PM

    willie cf wont do it. roger has to.
    lewand has been kissing ford’s ass for years. that’s how he survived and others did not.

  8. BlondBlueDevils says: Jun 30, 2010 7:39 PM

    BlueEyeDevils crack me up……………..
    HA HA HA

  9. kingmj4891 says: Jun 30, 2010 8:23 PM

    Fine him about 10-50k I don’t know what he makes but he should have to give up a nice bit and go get some help. Thats fair for a 1st offense and I am a Lions fan here who thinks Lewand has done a decent job with Mayhew and the rest of the Lions front office then again thats not hard to do with Millen not calling the shots.

  10. Skinsational says: Jun 30, 2010 8:27 PM

    Didn’t this guy also get caught for marijuana in a water bottle at the Atlanta Airport? Oh yeah, that was Mike Vick too. LMAO.
    He must have watched the Lions games from last year all over again and the thought of this upcoming year caused him to keep saying ” Bartender….filler’up again”

  11. newty25 says: Jun 30, 2010 8:29 PM

    Perhaps I’m naive here, but how do you punish a team executive.
    Suspending a player is an individual punishment that ultimately could affect how the team plays.
    You obviously can’t suspend him… it won’t have the same effect as suspending a player. You can’t fine him individually, that’s an individual punishment that has no effect on the team.
    I say RG should both take away a draft pick from the team and fine him. And, I think this should serve as precedent for any personal conduct misgivings of team execs in the future.

  12. Tony Snow says: Jun 30, 2010 8:47 PM

    Although this does seem small, it’s just another indictment against Goodell’s conduct policies. He came in hard and fast with a broad
    Ranging stroke. Kinda like Big Ben! (Just kidding)
    That policy will never work and each precedent he sets will eventually come back to haunt him. That’s why his predecessors never did it. Nice try, though…we understand your frustration!

  13. Wonka says: Jun 30, 2010 8:50 PM

    A double standard?????? Are you kidding me? There are players in the league with 3 or more CONVICTIONS who have never missed a single game while other players HAVE NEVER BEEN CHARGED, yet got 6 game suspensions because they are high profile players…
    Goodell’s entire conduct policy is based on double standards!

  14. rjgreen3 says: Jun 30, 2010 9:23 PM

    Don’t forget who pays the Goofball’s salary!

  15. Manbearpig says: Jun 30, 2010 9:42 PM

    ssssslow period
    WOW that expression is becoming tiresome after being used in 37 posts. HOW BOUT A NEW ONE? ??????

  16. SoFlor Steeler says: Jun 30, 2010 10:10 PM

    Got to agree with Wonka…
    GODell is an idiot and an unfair one at that….

  17. AJD says: Jun 30, 2010 10:56 PM

    I don’t see a DUI as a double standard. Ahman Green beat up his wife twice and never got suspended. Which is worse? PFT should be LFT – Lawyer Football Talk.

  18. Siggy00 says: Jul 1, 2010 12:57 AM

    Remember, God said these words this week:
    “Our policies apply to everyone: yours truly, club presidents, players, coaches, everybody involved in the NFL”
    Now we’ll see won’t we?
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  19. digitalbath says: Jul 1, 2010 7:37 AM

    yes they are all just human beings,but i dont think lewand has thousands upon thousands of kids looking up to him as a role model,these players bask in the celebrity,they should be held to a higher standard,they for the most part make double what these execs make,get 100 times the attention,and yes the players should have the hammer come down on them harder

  20. macaw says: Jul 1, 2010 8:48 AM

    Several players have been convicted of DUI and not punished by the commish (Khalif Barnes, for one), so it would be a double standard for Goodell to place additional punishment on Lewand.

  21. steelersmichele says: Jul 1, 2010 10:28 AM

    Goodell did say owners and coaches would be held to a higher standard than the players, so it wouldn’t matter if Lewand was a first time offender or not. He got arrested for driving drunk. Maybe he should have called that safe ride number the league encourages players to call.

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