One of the most glaring inconsistencies regarding the current application of the NFL’s personal conduct policiy comes from Denver, where cornerback Perrish Cox faces two years to life in prison on one count sexual assault against a victim who was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault against a victim who was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. The police affidavit from the September 2010 incident, which was released only days before the lockout ended, paints a very negative picture for Cox, who told police he didn’t have sex with a woman who passed out at his apartment.
The woman ended up being pregnant with Cox’s child.
Nearly a year later, Cox continues to play for the Broncos, with no discipline of any kind imposed. On Friday, he missed practice for a court hearing that ultimately was delayed due to a snafu regarding certain evidence that the prosecution had disclosed to Cox’s lawyer. The hearing has been rescheduled for September 16.
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger six games (reduced to four) even though he never has been arrested, and Goodell presumably will punish Titans receiver Kenny Britt and Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib for transgressions allegedly occurring during the lockout. The fact that no action has been taken against Cox, given the nature of the charges pending against him and the evidence detailed in the police report, boggles the mind.
We realize that Cox is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but that privilege wasn’t extended to Roethlisberger, Britt, or Talib. Moreover, Cox’s persistent denial that he had sex with the alleged victim leaves him with little room to maneuver, given the DNA match between Cox and the fetus.
Cox currently is listed as a third-string cornerback for the Broncos. Thus, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of the players who becomes a former member of the team between now and September 3.
Maybe, at this point, that’s why the league has yet to take action.