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League says discipline of Kenny Britt “is pending”

Kenny Britt, Justin Gage AP

Titans receiver Kenny Britt had multiple brushes with the law during the lockout, along with multiple brushes with the law before the lockout.  And it appears that the stuff that happened in the lockout won’t be staying in the lockout.

Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports that the league says discipline against Britt “is pending.”  That’s what NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told McCormick, and it means that Britt could be fined and/or suspended for things that happened during the lockout.

Regardless of whether Britt deserves it (and it’s not hard to argue that he does), the idea that the league could impose discipline on players for things happening away from work at a time when they weren’t permitted to go to work falls beyond any bounds of fairness, logic, and common sense.  The fact that the league apparently still clings to its desire to impose rules regarding what a player does on his own time when all time was his own time because the league had padlocked the doors — and that the NFLPA apparently has yet to conclusively foreclose such possibilities — makes the league’s handling of the Terrelle Pryor situation look like successful brain transplant surgery.

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21 Responses to “League says discipline of Kenny Britt “is pending””
  1. tjacks7 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:14 AM

    The Commish should just “encourage” him to demand a trade to a big market team so he can be in a better “situation.”

  2. juneedmoney says: Aug 19, 2011 7:21 AM

    This action goes both ways. On one hand, we are people, and being away from work is just that, especially when your told not to report to work. On the other hand, you represent the NFL. These guys make more on one contract than some of us make our entire lives. That leaves us to make this an individual evaluation. Britt has been in hot water multiple times, so maybe a suspension (certainly a fine) is warranted.

  3. wryly1 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:25 AM

    I dunno. Hard to imagine many other multi-billion dollar, high public profile businesses, that can tolerate having their highest profile employees repeatedly in the news for criminal activities without any consequences. The NFL has a vested interest in maintaining it’s image and brand. A good chunk of their revenue – and efforts to grow same, are contingent upon doing so.

  4. lostsok says: Aug 19, 2011 7:33 AM

    If we’re doing brain transplant surgery on Terrelle Pryor…could we use Chad Pennington’s brain? THAT would be one heck of a quarterback!

  5. rayvens says: Aug 19, 2011 7:41 AM

    League says discipline of Kenny Britt “is pending”
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    Pending he doesnt get lockup again before the season starts.

  6. dexterismyhero says: Aug 19, 2011 7:45 AM

    Pending his next brush with the law………………………

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 19, 2011 7:53 AM

    Goodell’s like a bad fantasy football commissioner… “I’m going to change pass TD’s to 12 points instead of 6!” three minutes before the draft. lol

    This guy’s the absolute WORST…

  8. fin72 says: Aug 19, 2011 8:04 AM

    Roger Goodell is a putz!

  9. demoderbydoug says: Aug 19, 2011 8:13 AM

    I bet it’s less than 5 games because apparently being a convict is better than taking money on college.

  10. stoicfan says: Aug 19, 2011 8:20 AM

    Sorry but the idea that the league cannot impose punishment for what a player does on his own time is asinine. When I was in the Marine Corps if I got caught acting a fool while on leave, even if it wasn’tillegal I could still be punished. The fact is these players represent the NFL 24/7.

  11. deeboisgonnaeatyourkids says: Aug 19, 2011 8:39 AM

    My anti Goodell comment got deleted. I hope he doesn’t fine me!

  12. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 19, 2011 8:40 AM

    wryly1 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:25 AM

    “I dunno. Hard to imagine many other multi-billion dollar, high public profile businesses, that can tolerate having their highest profile employees repeatedly in the news for criminal activities without any consequences.”

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    Happens all the time. The only difference is those folks (Angelo Mozillo, Richard Fuld, Stanley O’Neal, etc etc) were all allowed to retire with gigantic pensions and golden parachutes after criminally wrecking the economy and raping their shareholders.

    Britt’s only problem is that he is a small timer….

  13. vabillsfan says: Aug 19, 2011 9:05 AM

    my understanding is when the CBA was signed, it became retro as of the date of the lockout. so all the guys owed money during the lockout got their money. but at the same time – all the other rules became retroactively in force. D Smith should have pointed this out, or at least emphasized this aspect of the lockout more fully – or sought for a waiver of the personal conduct rules during the lockout period. this falls on the nflpa for not doing its job and informing its players… not to mention falling on kenny britt for being a donk.

  14. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 19, 2011 9:15 AM

    You could drive a bus through the gap in this guys teeth

  15. thephantomstranger says: Aug 19, 2011 9:32 AM

    If you can suspend a guy for what he did in college, you can suspend a guy for what he did during the lockout.

  16. NFLJunkie says: Aug 19, 2011 10:05 AM

    I bet it’s less than 5 games because apparently being a convict is better than taking money on college.

    You could argue Pryor and whoever drafts him are getting a good deal. They’re not going to have to use a roster spot on him while he’s suspended, but he can still be around the team and the coaches and attend meetings? Sweet.

    Even a single game suspension for Britt has a real competitive impact. Pryor’s suspension was probably to placate the NCAA, but even Pryor probably realizes it’s not going to hurt him, and may even make it easier for a team to use a pick on him since they’ll have all that extra time to work with him, at least off the field.

  17. FinFan68 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:23 AM

    He will be forced to date Aqib Talib’s sister so this may work itself out later

  18. opie333 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:33 AM

    News Flash! Goodell makes it mandatory that all NFL teams build a Dungeon! Britt may never see the light of day! you to Pryor!

  19. qdog112 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:34 AM

    Locked out and still lord and master of the people you locked out….um. Were they willing to pay him when he worked out, during the lockout?

    The NFL should just move on and forget everything that happened in that period. It’s also absurd to impose sanctions on Terrell Pryor for what may have happened when in college.

  20. qdog112 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:41 AM

    stoicfan says: Aug 19, 2011 8:20 AM

    Sorry but the idea that the league cannot impose punishment for what a player does on his own time is asinine. When I was in the Marine Corps if I got caught acting a fool while on leave, even if it wasn’tillegal I could still be punished. The fact is these players represent the NFL 24/7.
    ——————————————————
    Let’s say you were discharged from the marines. (let’s say it was a clerical error) Then after 4 months they found out you had a DWI, during that period. Do you still think the Corps had jurisdiction on you? Should they be able to court martial you for the DWI?Do you think they’re going to give you back pay for the 4 months?

  21. melikefootball says: Aug 19, 2011 11:53 AM

    Isn’t it funny how the players wanted to get rid of NFLPA to get what they wanted in talks now they want them back to hide behind. I hope the NFL grows some big ones and the players that got into trouble should be held accountable. They were as players being represented by their team reps so they still had the company shirts on even if they were locked out. The players want things both ways. Time to start putting them on the spot and pay for stupidity.

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