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Gaffney suspension comes from 2010 arrest

The Dolphins cut receiver Jabar Gaffney on Wednesday, a day before the league suspended him for two games.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gaffney’s suspension arises from an incident that occurred in Miami during the week preceding Super Bowl XLIV.  After a traffic stop, Gaffney was detained for resisting arrest without violence.  He recently completed a pre-trial diversion program, at which time the league first became aware of the situation.

The fact that Gaffney apparently hadn’t reported or disclosed the arrest could have contributed to the penalty, given that the personal-conduct policy clearly imposes a duty on the player to notify his team or the league of any run-ins with the law.  At the time of the incident, Gaffney was under contract with the Broncos.

Gaffney initially appealed the decision but then withdrew the appeal once the Dolphins released him.  The goal is to serve the two-game suspension and then pursue employment with a new team.

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15 Responses to “Gaffney suspension comes from 2010 arrest”
  1. grpatriot says: Nov 24, 2012 11:58 AM

    Hmmmmmmmmm…wonder why the Pats haven’t resigned Branch?

  2. hedleykow says: Nov 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    Resisting arrest while flashing a peace sign is so 1970’s.

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 24, 2012 12:04 PM

    This makes the bounty thing look like it was expedited.

  4. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 24, 2012 12:31 PM

    “After a traffic stop, Gaffney was detained for resisting arrest without violence.”

    So he was pulled over for a traffic violation like speeding or running a red light, then he “resisted arrest without any violence,” and he’s going to be suspended for 2 games. He has no history of misconduct on or off the field.

    Meanwhile, Ndamukong Suh spinning-kicked Matt Schaub in the groin on national TV, and he’s likely getting a 1 game suspension. Suh has a history of misconduct on the field (stomping on players) AND off the field (was charged with a hit and run).

    …Okay.

  5. silverhornet says: Nov 24, 2012 12:37 PM

    ?The goal is to serve the two-game suspension and then pursue employment with a new team.”

    But don’t you have to be on a team to serve the suspension?

  6. spartyfi says: Nov 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Actually Suh was not charged with hit and run. He’s the one that called the police. Why don’t you get your facts straight then come back!

  7. jagsfanugh says: Nov 24, 2012 1:13 PM

    The local grocery store might hire this guy. Oh n/m he dropped the bag.

  8. timcast12 says: Nov 24, 2012 1:23 PM

    Well they actually said that Suh paid the person he crashed to not say anything so after that he decided to call the cops so yeah get your facts boy

  9. gdeli says: Nov 24, 2012 1:25 PM

    will he play again? i’ll check back boys

  10. genericcommenter says: Nov 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    “After a traffic stop, Gaffney was detained for resisting arrest without violence. ”

    So, he was “arrested” with no basis for an arrest ( being arrested solely for resisting an arrest that doesn’t exist, doesn’t make sense), non-violently?

    I would hope the penalty is solely or mostly for the non-disclosure.

  11. Just a Fan says: Nov 24, 2012 1:44 PM

    The refs should be suspended for missing a 81 yard “touchdown”. Why is there no discipline for them? Isn’t that “Conduct detrimental to the League” too?

    I miss the replacement refs……so tired of late flags because someone is talking them into throwing one.

    I thought these jokers had to have a review of their “performance” after the game?

    The league has become a shell of it’s former self…..

  12. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Nov 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    6 rings.

  13. doe22us says: Nov 24, 2012 2:16 PM

    eventhorizon04 says:
    Nov 24, 2012 12:31 PM
    “After a traffic stop, Gaffney was detained for resisting arrest without violence.”

    So he was pulled over for a traffic violation like speeding or running a red light, then he “resisted arrest without any violence,” and he’s going to be suspended for 2 games. He has no history of misconduct on or off the field.

    Meanwhile, Ndamukong Suh spinning-kicked Matt Schaub in the groin on national TV, and he’s likely getting a 1 game suspension. Suh has a history of misconduct on the field (stomping on players) AND off the field (was charged with a hit and run).

    …Okay.

    You guys are clearly missing the point, he is not being punished because of his arrest, but a failure to disclose his arrest. Comparing and contrasting off-on field infractions is an exercise in futility.

  14. promickey says: Nov 24, 2012 4:16 PM

    Many states have pretrial diversion programs. There is no conviction and if the participant in the program stays out of trouble for a period of time the arrest record is removed, for the NFL to suspend Gaffney it must have been for not reporting the arrest. The program circumvents any criminal record and perhaps that’s why he did not feel compelled to report the arrest.

  15. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:38 PM

    “You guys are clearly missing the point, he is not being punished because of his arrest, but a failure to disclose his arrest. Comparing and contrasting off-on field infractions is an exercise in futility.”

    So it’s worse to not disclose a speeding ticket 2 years ago than to kick a player in the groin with cleats after repeated on-field conduct fines and penalties?

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