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Jeff Fisher “respectfully” disagrees with Rokevious Watkins’ suspension

Rokevious Watkins, Al Lapuaho AP

The news of Rams guard Rokevious Watkinsone-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy seemed to come at the worst possible time for the second-year guard.

After showing up to camp overweight last year, Watkins was able to win the starting left guard job but an ankle injury in the first week wound up wiping out the rest of his season. The suspension this year is just for one game, but it’s hardly a pattern of reliability for a player the Rams were looking to as a starter on the offensive line this year.

It doesn’t sound like the team’s lost their faith in him, however. Coach Jeff Fisher wouldn’t offer any details about why Watkins was suspended, but he did say that he thinks the league erred in suspending his player.

“I’ll say this, we’ve been aware of it for quite some time,” Fisher said, via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m not going to go into specifics of the suspension. We respect the league’s decision, but personally and respectfully, I disagree with the suspension and the circumstances regarding the suspension. That’s my opinion, but we’ll honor the league’s decision.”

Players in the substance-abuse program who test positive are usually suspended for four games, which suggests Watkins violated the policy in another way. That could mean an arrest or other run-in with the authorities, although those details mean less going forward for the Rams than Fisher’s willingness to go on the record in support of his guard.

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13 Responses to “Jeff Fisher “respectfully” disagrees with Rokevious Watkins’ suspension”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 24, 2013 4:23 PM

    “C,mon Raj, Rokevious was just being mischievious. Lighten up.”.

  2. westampa says: May 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    Ro-Ro-Rokevious

  3. petersjeffrey36 says: May 24, 2013 4:27 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if steroids was apart of the rehab…not illegal just against league policy

  4. thestrategyexpert says: May 24, 2013 4:35 PM

    That is NOT respectful of their decision. To claim they got it wrong but not back it up with one tidbit of info or reasoning is just sickening. Don’t say anything then if you can’t explain what the heck you are talking about.

    The NFL should fine and suspend Jeff Fisher for conduct detrimental to the league.

  5. garyhd01 says: May 24, 2013 4:53 PM

    first of all thestrategyexpert, the fact he was given one game means the league probably knew it would lose the case if they went for four games this has to be trace amounts or hearsay but certainly not anything clear cut or they would have given him the standard 4 games, as for fisher saying he didn’t believe it was fair but didn’t give any info that would be similar to a doctor or attorney giving out private info about a patient or client if this were rex ryan it would not have surprised me but coming from fisher its expected he is a true players coach and a true man that men like to play for and the rams locker isn’t filled with anonymous players like the jets.

  6. mazblast says: May 24, 2013 5:18 PM

    Uh oh, Jeff Fisher disagrees with the league. I guess The Great Roger Goodell Live And In Person will now fine the Saints and/or Redskins for that.

  7. antneejay2 says: May 24, 2013 5:33 PM

    You seem to be taking pretty hard, thestrat. Maybe you can sue Fisher for emotional distress.

    I was thinking that Fisher not sharing with you the reason for his disagreement with the league might not constitute conduct detrimental. I ‘ve got good news for you, though. Since Fisher was very diplomatic, tactful and – in the eyes of a rational human being – respectful, he will probably be fined anyway.

  8. toonloonboon says: May 24, 2013 5:39 PM

    rokevious,,,,,i mean, seriously, black people, stop it with the stupid names for your stupid kids.

    hmm i wonder who the hr manager is going to call first for the job theyre trying to fill, rokevious, laquisha or mike.

  9. hatesycophants says: May 24, 2013 6:02 PM

    For everyone who has had a totally innocuous posted which did not violate the terms of service deleted, but was not myopic and bigoted, I give you toonloonboon. Take a bow, Archie Bunker!

  10. kingokra says: May 24, 2013 6:11 PM

    Can’t wait until the Rams-Browns game when Rokevious will have to block Barkevious. That sounds downright gladitorial.

  11. foothillfrank says: May 24, 2013 6:19 PM

    Fisher is a mensch, always has been.

  12. antneejay2 says: May 24, 2013 10:38 PM

    I’ve got to agree with the toonster on this one. You black people have no consideration for those of us who aren’t good with multi-syllable words. What’s wrong with good old fashioned Anglo-Saxon Protestant names like Moe and Zeke?
    Hey, Big t, what kinda job we talkin? If the pay’s decent I’d be willing to change my name.

  13. iced107 says: May 25, 2013 12:13 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    May 24, 2013 4:35 PM
    That is NOT respectful of their decision. To claim they got it wrong but not back it up with one tidbit of info or reasoning is just sickening. Don’t say anything then if you can’t explain what the heck you are talking about.

    The NFL should fine and suspend Jeff Fisher for conduct detrimental to the league.

    ——————————————————

    It’s called privacy there genius (guess what! there’s laws too!), and no player or coach has any stipulation that they must share their personal business/affairs with the media.

    Go pick up a tabloid and gossip over that

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