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NFL won’t suspend Perrish Cox

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A year ago at this time, 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox was out of football and defending himself against charges of raping a woman who had passed out at his apartment.

The most incriminating evidence?  Cox told police that he didn’t have sex with the woman, and the DNA of the fetus that later was discovered in the woman’s uterus matched Cox’s DNA.

(That link has portions of the video of Cox being questioned by police.  At one point Cox says maybe the woman had sex with Cox . . . while Cox was asleep.)

Cox was acquitted (somehow), and he thereafter signed with the 49ers, even though coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly has told his players that the only thing he won’t forgive is an offense against a female.

As anyone who remembers the O.J. Simpson case knows, the fact that Cox wasn’t convicted doesn’t mean he didn’t do it.  That point could soon be demonstrated again, given that Cox (like Simpson) has been sued in civil court, where the standard of proof is far lower than proof beyond reasonable doubt.  (Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas also has been sued, presumably to give him an incentive to protect himself when testifying — and in turn to give up Cox.)

Meanwhile, we’ve buried the lede almost as deep as the 49ers and the NFL would like to bury the entire issue.  We’re revisiting the Cox conundrum because Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that, following a review of the situation under the personal-conduct policy, the NFL won’t suspend Cox.

The fact that Cox still could be found liable for civil sexual assault makes the decision seem premature, especially since Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games (reduced to four) without ever being arrested for sexual assault.

That said, there are two key differences.  First, Roethlisberger had two incidents.  Cox has one.  From the league’s perspective, that’s important; the personal-conduct policy tilts toward punishing players who are repeat offenders.

Second, the player’s name is Perrish Cox and not Ben Roethlisberger.  We’ve long believed that, when it comes to the personal-conduct policy, the penalties are tied directly to who the player is and/or how big of a national stir his off-field issues creates.  Ben’s misadventures in Milledgeville and Tahoe were top-of-the-fold news; most non-hardcore NFL fans still aren’t even aware of Cox’s case.  By suspending Cox, the league necessarily would shine a light on something that most people haven’t noticed yet.

Thus, don’t be surprised if the league alters its position if Cox eventually is found liable in civil court for sexual assault — and if the outcome somehow can disrupt the Tebow coverage on ESPN.

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17 Responses to “NFL won’t suspend Perrish Cox”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 17, 2012 8:57 AM

    Just the notion that you can be in more trouble just depending on how much attention the media chooses to pay you(or not pay to you) is an indictment on the whole process, if you ask me.

  2. stevebozeman says: Aug 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    This is a disgrace. And some people think Dez Bryant will be suspended. Give me a break.

  3. gogiantsfan says: Aug 17, 2012 9:09 AM

    He’s giong to be found guilty in civil court where the standard is really who you believe more. & then the NFL will announce they didn’t have a choice but to wait until he was proven guilty in a court of law.

    What he should do is settle immediately (for whatever he can get away with) & put a no-disclosure policy.

  4. briank1ne says: Aug 17, 2012 9:27 AM

    excellent

  5. steeelfann says: Aug 17, 2012 9:31 AM

    Harbaugh is such a hyprocrit, hope they miss the playoffs.

    Raping a sleeping woman is beyond demented and perverse. Fact is, his DNA was in her and he lied, correct? And Harbaugh still hired him to represent his team.

    I wonder if it was Harbaugh’s daughter in the center of this story…..would he still hire Cox? Kind of like Paterno not pushing prosecution for scuzball Sandusky. If it was Paterno’s grandson, would he have carried on the same way, or would he have done some street justice?

  6. joetoronto says: Aug 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    The Bronco’s should cut him, but we know they won’t.

  7. choppinwood says: Aug 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    Any system of discipline that does not mette out sanctions or punishment in a fair and equitable manner, should be scrapped, and it’s leaders should be held in contempt.

    The capricious and inconsistent manner by which the league office has dealt with the various cases, shows me they are making it up as they go, and don’t have a strong grasp of appropriate punishment.

    The leagues is playing favorites by choosing some players to go scot-free (Cox and Dumerville, etc), and whipping boys or franchises it wants to make an example of. It’s a disgrace.

  8. ninerdynasty says: Aug 17, 2012 10:48 AM

    stevebozeman says: Aug 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    This is a disgrace. And some people think Dez Bryant will be suspended. Give me a break.
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    Did you read the article? im pretty sure Dez is a repeated offender.. he’s been getting in trouble since HS.. plus.. he is also a bigger name.. smh.. read before you post. geez. not that hard.

    Joetoronto – He doesnt play for the bronco’s anymore.. again, did u read the article? whats wrong with these ppl..?? !!

  9. ezmoney365 says: Aug 17, 2012 11:32 AM

    steeelfann says:
    Aug 17, 2012 9:31 AM
    Harbaugh is such a hyprocrit, hope they miss the playoffs.

    Raping a sleeping woman is beyond demented and perverse. Fact is, his DNA was in her and he lied, correct? And Harbaugh still hired him to represent his team.

    I wonder if it was Harbaugh’s daughter in the center of this story…..would he still hire Cox? Kind of like Paterno not pushing prosecution for scuzball Sandusky. If it was Paterno’s grandson, would he have carried on the same way, or would he have done some street justice?

    did you really just compare Harbaugh to Paterno? first off we know sandusky raped boys and Paterno knew about it, You have no idea wether or not Cox raped that girl, Is it far fetched to think that him being a NFL player that the girl had some sort of “hidden agenda”…his DNA was found, so they had sex, did he rape her? maybe…but to compare Harbaugh to Paterno is flat out stupid, Allowing your friend and fellow coach to moleste young boys is nowhere near signing a player accused of rape of a woman…Paterno deserved to die and so does your opinion…

  10. siggy00 says: Aug 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    Ben’s only “crime” is that he’s a white franchise QB, and black media and players made it about race.

    For Cox to skate free despite the enormous evidence against him proves just how corrupt Roger Goodell is.

  11. fakefranknunley says: Aug 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    @steeelfann says: Aug 17, 2012 9:31 AM
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    The 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell worked with Mr Cox while both were in Denver. He knows the man personally,you and I do not.

    What if a young lady seduced your son and then changed her story for financial gains and ruined your son’s reputation & ability to earn a living for life? Sadly,there are young women that follow these athletes around and even collect used condoms to impregnate themselves for a paycheck. Don’t be so quick to judge. Only two people know what really happened that night.

  12. MichaelEdits says: Aug 17, 2012 11:35 AM

    And I thought I was hard to wake up…

  13. lks311 says: Aug 17, 2012 12:20 PM

    joetoronto says:Aug 17, 2012 9:44 AM

    The Bronco’s should cut him, but we know they won’t.
    _______________________
    He plays for the Niners. I would give you a harder time, but, your name says it all.

  14. travisblink619 says: Aug 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    This situation really is a double edged sword. It is nearly impossible to decide which party is guilty. There are scumbag football player, and there are jezebel groupies of the NBA and NFL. In all reality, there is no real objective opinion, except forthe parties involved. I was originally repulsed by my 49ers picking up this guy, but I realized I was as judgemental as anybody else. And the truth is, chicks can be crazy.

  15. jikkle49 says: Aug 17, 2012 12:55 PM

    He more than likely did do it but in the case of athletes and celebrities you can never be exactly sure.

    Look at Duke Lacrosse Scandal and how everyone was soooo sure that those kids did it but it turned out to be completely bogus.

    So again Cox probably did it but don’t underestimate the lengths women would go for that free ride.

  16. goldenperspective says: Aug 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    Go 9ers!!

  17. fakefranknunley says: Aug 17, 2012 9:55 PM

    @joetoronto says: Aug 17, 2012 9:44 AM, doesn’t read. He just looks at the pictures…ehh

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