Amid a report that the NFL soon will be suspending Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent following his December arrest for intoxication manslaughter, a league source with knowledge of the situation has shared a fairly important fact.
Brent has heard nothing from the league office about his status.
Typically, no suspension is imposed until a meeting occurs with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Typically, punishment for DUI-related infractions is imposed after the charges are resolved.
That’s what happened with Donte’ Stallworth, whose one-year ban came after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter. And while Titans receiver Kenny Britt was suspended for one game after a DUI arrest in July 2012, that incident came at the bottom of a Pacman-style rap sheet.
Either way, a suspension doesn’t happen without a meeting before the Commissioner.
Moreover, Brent will have appeal rights. So this thing is a long way from being resolved.