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When lockout starts, league policies go out the window

When the NFL endured its last work stoppage in 1987, the league office exerted far less day-to-day control over the players on matters like drug testing and personal conduct.

If/when a lockout is imposed on March 4, the NFL will forfeit the ability to impose discipline on players who use steroids or smoke pot or engage in ill-advised drinking binges in small college towns in the South.

As we pointed out last year, expiration of the labor deal necessarily will short-circuit the substance-abuse policy, the steroids policy, the personal conduct policy, and any other rules and regulations applicable to player conduct away from the field of play.

It means that drug testing will end and that players who are arrested during the lockout won’t be subject to fines or suspensions.

Though we don’t recommend that players get arrested in order to prove a point, the point already will be proven once the CBA expires and the lockout begins and the league loses all power to control men whom the league has grown very accustomed to controlling.

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50 Responses to “When lockout starts, league policies go out the window”
  1. mataug says: Feb 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    I assume that then drunk players cannot get their cab expenses paid by the NFL ?

  2. youboettcha says: Feb 13, 2011 9:01 PM

    So you’re saying Roethlisberger was a year early…

  3. WingT says: Feb 13, 2011 9:05 PM

    Actually Moke, I bet the teams are tired of having to baby sit those guys.

  4. crackills says: Feb 13, 2011 9:08 PM

    Nice bush!

  5. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:10 PM

    If/when a lockout is imposed I and many other sports fans will be forced to watch NHL and MLB . . . May God help us all.

  6. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 9:11 PM

    they better drug test every single person, the first day after an agreement is reached!
    i’m sure the cheaters will take full advantage!

  7. assnfootball says: Feb 13, 2011 9:21 PM

    I love the title of your pic. Whoever gave it that title. Thumbs Up to you

  8. aceburgh says: Feb 13, 2011 9:23 PM

    Ohh goodness, Big Ben and Vick will have a field day. No woman safe or dog.

  9. dakotah55 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:23 PM

    Come to an agreement now. Its a public safety issue!

  10. bleedblue18 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:29 PM

    PARTY!!!!!!!!! This totally reminds me of highschool when the parents went out of town. PARTY TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. luke8512 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:30 PM

    So then we should be expecting big season from Merriman and Cushing after the stoppage?

  12. nineleveninsidejob says: Feb 13, 2011 9:31 PM

    They should be allowed to get high whenever they please like all humans should

  13. jimr10 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:32 PM

    You will be busy with that the turd watch.

  14. airwaymanagement says: Feb 13, 2011 9:33 PM

    yeah, all the thug players will start smoking weed with middle-aged white women look at marijuana plants thoughtfully.

    in what universe did you think that picture was relevant to the story??

  15. benchokeshischikin says: Feb 13, 2011 9:39 PM

    Ben has raped before; Ben will rape again.

  16. duanethomas says: Feb 13, 2011 9:41 PM

    The only one’s it will affect is the players in the drug program who will not be tested anymore. The one’s that get into trouble will be disciplined by the NFL. It will not be party time.

  17. steelhammer92 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:45 PM

    Santonio Holmes has March 4th circled on his calendar. That will be a fun day to follow him on Twitter.

  18. TxGrown says: Feb 13, 2011 9:46 PM


  19. jkearse2005 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:47 PM

    com’n man, like any of these guys don’t do w/e the f*ck they want anyways, the few that the nfl makes an example out of are just for the media

  20. fumblenuts says: Feb 13, 2011 9:51 PM

    Some player will be makin’ it rain…mark that down.

  21. ronturdgundy says: Feb 13, 2011 9:52 PM

    Is tampering allowed?

  22. medic406 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:59 PM

    And all the USC/Miami alumni said…”Helll yeahhhhh”

  23. nesuperfan says: Feb 13, 2011 10:03 PM

    “Yeah, I can date 12-year-olds.” …signed Mark Sanchez.

  24. ochoverated says: Feb 13, 2011 10:07 PM

    Cool this means Vick can fire up pot from the bottom of the water bottle and the interstate dog fighting ring without having to worry about being judged by us stupid football fans.Maybe this time it will be Ron Mexico and not Vick

  25. funkydunkleman says: Feb 13, 2011 10:10 PM

    Will Percy Harvin finally see if the sticky icky can cure his migraines?

  26. ydnubm says: Feb 13, 2011 10:12 PM

    As a Houston Texans season ticket holder, I’m sorta holding out for a lockout. It will give our linebacking corps a chance to recuperate and strengthen up!

    Better living through chemistry, right?

  27. drumbug7 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:16 PM

    Do you really think that will stop Goodell? He’ll find a loophole in the Personal Conduct Policy to say that the players are still “tarnishing the shield” even without a CBA.

  28. nothimagain says: Feb 13, 2011 10:24 PM

    Ochocinco said he can’t wait to start tweeting during games.


  29. hosmachine says: Feb 13, 2011 10:40 PM

    Pacman Jones is licking his chops for march 4th. Goodell won’t get any sleep on that friday night. Poll question of the day is What team has more players arrested the first week?

  30. abninf says: Feb 13, 2011 10:47 PM

    Vick is ready to puff, puff, give.

  31. tucknrolle says: Feb 13, 2011 11:32 PM

    That means Shawn Merriman is gonna be nasty next year. Merrimen, Cushing and uhhh we’ll say Bill Romonowski will dominate once again.

  32. stanklepoot says: Feb 13, 2011 11:50 PM

    drumbug7 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:16 PM

    Do you really think that will stop Goodell? He’ll find a loophole in the Personal Conduct Policy to say that the players are still “tarnishing the shield” even without a CBA.
    What Personal Conduct Policy? The PCA and the drug policy are both items negotiated under the CBA. While these two items will almost certainly be in a new CBA, without one they don’t exist. If someone is convicted of a serious crime whose effects carry over into the new CBA, then they can be dealt with. The real power of the PCA, however, is that players don’t have to be convicted (or even charged) of a crime to be punished. That kind of authority will go out the window if there’s no CBA…at least for a little while.

  33. thespeaker08 says: Feb 14, 2011 12:22 AM


  34. sportsjustice says: Feb 14, 2011 12:24 AM

    Like most of the PFT readers I’m ready really high.

  35. drgreenstreak says: Feb 14, 2011 12:33 AM

    Spark up a phatty! Let the drunken fools play. You and Ricky will chill wit sum dank.

  36. dwight123 says: Feb 14, 2011 12:40 AM

    This is great! when an agreement gets reached we get to see our favorite players under the influence for a couple weeks! should be fun! (=

  37. dwight123 says: Feb 14, 2011 12:44 AM

    Thats what everyone will be saying*

  38. hardjudge says: Feb 14, 2011 2:55 AM

    For all you Vick haters, he is still on Federal probation for a while and still has a parole officer. The NFL has nothing to do with that.

    On another front the players first demand should be that the NFL hire another commissioner.

    Let the owners lock them out. They should start their own league. There are plenty of stadiums around the country. Mark Cuban would love it.

  39. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 14, 2011 4:10 AM

    nineleveninsidejob says:
    Feb 13, 2011 9:31 PM
    They should be allowed to get high whenever they please like all humans should


    Hey genius, do you fly in commercial airplanes?

  40. cup1981 says: Feb 14, 2011 5:28 AM

    March 4th is the day that Mark Sanchez officially drops his minimum age requirement by 2 years…

  41. juancorsair says: Feb 14, 2011 5:47 AM

    Get ready for Bad Newz Kennelz – Act II. Dawgkilla will show his true colours once again!

  42. osteelers says: Feb 14, 2011 6:53 AM

    Hide your wife, hide your kids and hide your husbands cause they rapin everybody out here.

  43. realitypolice says: Feb 14, 2011 7:54 AM

    So for a short time, NFL players will get to enjoy the freedoms other Americans enjoy every day.

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 14, 2011 8:07 AM

    “If/when a lockout is imposed I and many other sports fans will be forced to watch NHL and MLB . . . ”


    No it doesn’t. I permanently stopped watching the NBA and NHL in the 80s, and MLB in the 90s. I am now pretty well done with the NFL.

    The world is full of so many different ways to entertain yourself its easy to forget that when you’re bombarded constantly by sports news. True though, just find something out of the millions of other things you can do.

  45. The Wizard of football says: Feb 14, 2011 9:40 AM

    Your site is going to have a field day with the spike of incidents that will no doubt occur. Forget the drugs, unfortunatly domestic incidents and othee felonies will explode. Police stops with guns,drugs and attitudes will hit the news. Players holding “parties’ to get some quick cash. The NFLPA doesn’t even care about this.

  46. tombradyswig says: Feb 14, 2011 9:53 AM


    love it!!

    I’ll spark one for the boys come 3/4…. and 3/5… and 3.6…

  47. solomonadams says: Feb 14, 2011 10:18 AM

    Some of these comments are SO ignorant. Not having to abide by NFL rules and policies doesn’t mean not having to abide by state and federal laws. IDIOTS. Roth, Vick, and the Sanchize will not engage in the above-described conduct because it’s ILLEGAL -not because the NFL bans such conduct.

  48. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 12:58 PM

    Goodell’s lip-service to tarnishing the shield has as much validity as your lip-service to wanting to spark serious discussion. All you need to know about Goodell and the Personal Conduct Policy is that he chooses to punish things that put him on the PR hot seat even when no crime was committed, while ignoring real arrests. All you need to know here is the, a-hem, “quality” of statements you post while anything criticial of the site is deleted. I have no problem with the choice to let the ignorant have their voice. It’s the willful decision to censor anything substantive that disturbs me.

  49. commandercornpone says: Feb 14, 2011 8:53 PM

    the playas also wont have the nfl running interference for them.

    let the jails fill up.

  50. Canyonero says: Feb 14, 2011 11:19 PM

    I recognize that woman in the picture, doesn’t she work for the Bengals?

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