Goodell: NFL won’t take action against Riley Cooper

AP

The Eagles fined wide receiver Riley Cooper on Wednesday after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a concert and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league will not be taking any supplementary disciplinary action against the wideout.

During an appearance with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN Radio, Goodell said that Cooper’s words were offensive and unacceptable and that he was glad that the Eagles disciplined Cooper with both a fine and “training” designed to address the situation. He also explained why the league would not be adding any further punishment to the plate.

“We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident,” Goodell said. “We will not be taking action separately from the club.”

Goodell was also asked about the league’s feeling that Cooper’s words were wrong and offensive when they have had no objection to the continued use of Redskins as the nickname for Washington’s team.

“I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell said. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”

There’s a lot of hair splitting going on in that answer, something Goodell and others in the NFL have gotten a lot of practice with in recent years when it comes to questions about the use of a name that some people find as offensive as the word Cooper used before being fined by the Eagles.

95 responses to “Goodell: NFL won’t take action against Riley Cooper

  1. No one finds redskins as offensive as the n word. Take it from your own stories. You write “Redskins” in full on this page, yet when you wrote about the Riley Cooper comments, it looked more like this:

    n——-

    Hmmm, you really think they are the same thing when you are afraid to put one of them in ink and not the other?

  2. I always hear how these two words are equally offensive. If they are then why is one referred to as the “n” word and the other said out loud? I’m pretty sure they are no where close to the same.

  3. this knuckle head needs to be cut and banned from the NFL!! Look at what the Food Network did to Paula Dean for admitting to using a racial slur over 20 years ago…. She lost EVERYTHING!!

  4. Save the outrage over a word that a white guy said in a drunken state when that same word is uttered countless numbers of times in all forms of entertainment.

    Spare meh.

  5. Getting rid of the redskin name is absurd.

    Indians called themselves “Red Skins” and others “White skins”.

    African Americans did NOT call themselves what Cooper said.

    Washington picking the Redskin name was a sign of respect. The word Cooper used was the EXACT OPPOSITE meaning for African Amercians.

    Eagles should have cut Cooper. The circus is going to be crazy in Philly this season.

  6. Riley Cooper using a racist slur somehow morphs into a Redskins name change story. Ok, I’ll bite, because this article proves how ridiculous the debate over Redskins is.

    100% of African Americans feel the “n” word is racist. This is what an actual racist slur looks like.

    Almost 90% of Native Americans polled by Sports Illustrated either liked or were not offended by the name “Redskins.”

    One of these things is not like the other…

    Kind of reminds me of SNL writer John Mulaney’s comedy.

    “I wrote a joke with the word ‘midget’ in it. A network exec came down to the office and told me, ‘You can’t say ‘midget’ on air. It’s as bad as the ‘n’ word.’ So I said, ‘Uh…no it’s not. You know how I know? Because you won’t even say the other word.'”

    “Redskin” is only a racist term if the intent and general perception of the word is that it is racist. It can’t be a racist term if it is neither perceived as racist by the vast majority of the demographic to which it applies nor used with derogatory intent.

    Contrast this to the actual racist term used by Cooper. He INTENDED it to be derogatory, and it is UNIVERSALLY perceived as racist.

  7. “We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident.”

    Next time a player gets a DUI, his team should immediately fine him $5. Then the league won’t be able to give him the typical four game suspension.

  8. Although I do not agree with Coopers word usage ( lets be honest, we all have used that word and others at one point in time in our lives), I am glad to see the Eagles to take action but perhaps all players should go through this sensitivity training or whatever it is that they are forcing him to go through…
    the best action is not reactive but rather, proactive…

    and the league shouldn’t take action against him unless they take action against those who tweeted so poorly when the martin case verdict came out…. All are poor examples of the uneducated feeling they right to say what they want, when they want. Education is the best defense against ignorance..

    And somebody please shut Marcus Vick up. Does anybody have as little right to talk about anything than this guy? and lets face it, we all know that would have been Mike’s 1000 dollars he was putting up for a bounty

  9. The NFL isn’t the morality police … or the guardians of good taste. Just because Cooper got boozed up at a concert and said some stupid stuff doesn’t mean the NFL has to jump into it.

  10. Cooper got his punishment so agree or not, we should move on. What bothered me about his apology was how he insisted he had NEVER used the word before. C’MON!! Are we supposed to believe the one time you used it was when someone was taking a video of you? Get real…

  11. So Goodell is “open-minded” and “tolerant” as long as people agree with him. And those who don’t must be separated from their money and indoctrinated.

  12. Would be a slippery slope for the league to get involved in this. What would happen if they suspended him, then a black player was caught on tape using the same word? Would seem like they’d have painted themselves into a corner where they’d have to suspend him as well.

  13. Riley Cooper puts his foot in his mouth, and Redskins fans should feel ashamed? What freakin planet am I on?

  14. It will be intersting to see if anybody retaliates on the field. I could just imagine the smack talk going on.

    #CowboyNation

  15. As well the league shouldn’t step in.
    As big of a bone headed buffoon is showing himself to be, the Eagles did what they felt they had to do to send a message that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated by their staff.
    The league stepped out of the way and allowed them to police themselves.

    NOW, the big question is what will happen when a African American player gets caught on tape spewing the same filth?

    You cannot have it both ways, the language used was offensive, and in other workplace environments, it wouldn’t be tolerated, so get ready for some serious hand spankings.

    Nobody “owns” that word, and trying to throw an “a” at the end of the word doesn’t make it less offensive.

    So, get ready all you wannabe “gangstas” {hate that phrasing as well} who can’t spin it inside your heads that you’re millionaires and no longer back on the block. ESPN is waiting for a video of one of us to drop that lingo so they can make damn sure that protocol is flowed in both directions.
    And rightfully so.

  16. This was very bad and hopefully he grows up real fast. But anyone that thinks action by the team or league should be taken is displaying his/her white guilt more than an objective opinion.

  17. If being ignorant were illegal, the streets would be almost empty. I’m sure majority of current NFL players have said cracker, honky, peckerwood, casper, etc… derogatorily. They were just fortunate enough not to be caught on video.

    People say things they don’t honestly mean all the time. We are human and make mistakes. Do I agree with Clansman Cooper’s ignorance? Absolutely not. But firing him seems a little excessive. Ray Lewis murdered somebody and still got a ring. Just sayin.

  18. fjgorman020772 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:38 AM
    Well…what’s the over/under on how many games Cooper survives in the season??? Drunken Redneck.

    ——————————–

    Wait a minute redneck is a racist term too, fire everyone who has used the phrase redneck unless they are white, its ok for white people to use that word but no one else! Everyone else must refer to it as the r-word!

  19. When the African American community stops using the word THAN and only Than it will become offensive…… I am so freaking tired of the double standard.

  20. The guy was wrong, admitted he was wrong, was fined, and is undergoing training. The Eagles gave Vick a second chance and Cooper deserves a second chance as well. End of story.

  21. Good, everyone makes mistakes let’s move on. I’m not saying what he said was ok, it was horrible but I hear black players saying things like cracker can’t play or whitebread, or whiteboy etc… Cooper seems really sorry and sincere and I hate the Eagles.

  22. How can anyone truly be offended with the use of that word when you hear it all the time on hip hop songs?

    I live in a mainly white community and all I hear is that type of music blasting out of car windows. How can that language not filter down to people. Most often these are young teenagers.

    If you want to truly eliminate that word or any other racist term, you have to totally eliminte it from the music, movies etc……

  23. what happened to freedom of speech??
    He was expressing his opinion – regardless of how some people may feel about it – he did not break any laws

  24. You know, if people didn’t use this word in popular rap music, or as a way to refer to themselves or their peer groups so often, we wouldn’t have this issue. The problem isn’t how negative it is, because this a derogetory term that shouldn’t be used. The problem is how people use it and it’s supposed to be okay. Can’t have it both ways and then not have an issue. Amazing the double standards we have in this country.

  25. Substitute the n-bomb for Redskin in the following sentences and see how ridiculous this sounds:

    “I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell said. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”

  26. “Redskins have alwas represented pride, heritage, tradition; things like that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name.” – Goodell

    Is that man deluded or what? When has redskins represented pride? Pride in the team? Yes, but pride? He is merely looking at it from the perspective of someone who doesn’t want it to change. The name was created by the racist former owner George Preston Marshall and for the reason to insult his coach.

    Pride in the team. Yes. Pride in the name? Get real.

  27. bobsaget92 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 11:26 AM

    As an African American eagles fan I was wondering am I to cheer a positive play by Riley cooper ? Just curious

    _______________________

    If you are asking the masses how to react; I can only assume you are not offended by what he said…

  28. When the African American community stops using the word THAN and only Than it will become offensive…… I am so freaking tired of the double standard.

    ==================================

    The African British community, and the African West Indies community, and the other African Blah-Blah communities would have to stand down as well.

  29. Unacceptable, and in no way am I surprised the league won’t discipline him either. Welcome to America people.

  30. Why do white people always try to tell other races how they should be about something, in this case the “n-word.” Seriously??? The fact that Riley Cooper said it isn’t enough? This country is still divided as ever.

  31. And yet nobody gets into an uproar over Roddy White wishing death upon the jury members in the George Zimmermann case via Twitter.

    How tragically hypocritical.

  32. People keep talking about how you wouldn’t call a team the “Washington blackskins” or “Washington N*s”, but the simple fact is that it’s not up to you, it’s up to Us. If, hypothetically, there was a very reliable poll that showed that We, the Black community, approved of the name “Washington N*s”, then the name is OK, no further questions.

    I’m black, Roger is white, mike is white; not one of have the authority to speak on whether or not the Redskins name is acceptable. Only the Native community has the right to say whether the name should stay or go.

    Basically thumbs up if you think Natives have a right to decide for themselves, thumbs down if you think you should decide for them.

  33. Love watching this nitwit squirm as he tries to balance himself on the PC fence, while defending the indefensible.

  34. You know, if people didn’t use this word in popular rap music, or as a way to refer to themselves or their peer groups so often, we wouldn’t have this issue. The problem isn’t how negative it is, because this a derogetory term that shouldn’t be used. The problem is how people use it and it’s supposed to be okay. Can’t have it both ways and then not have an issue. Amazing the double standards we have in this country.
    =================
    Was Cooper using it in positive or negative way? When its voiced in rap is it generally positive or negative? Context is important

  35. I wonder how many times people probably called Riley Cooper “aye whiteboy” in the locker room or on field. Does racism work that way or is it only when white people do it?

  36. Forget about his teammates. He can work things out with them by being a good teammate and redeeming himself.

    What about defenders on other teams? Riley will have an exceptionally big target on his back with guys on other teams who don’t know him or are looking for motivation.

  37. I think this is being blown up way bigger than it should. I’m a white guy, I grew up in a black neighborhood in the ghetto. I have used the n word many times, I’m not proud of it. I don’t consider my self to be racist! Some of my best friends are black! It is human nature to say hurtful things when we are mad. How many times have people white, black,or any other color said something to hurt someone. It dosent mean they are racist. Racist is someone who won’t speak to there child because they love someone of different color, or won’t shake someone’s hand,or won’t go somewhere because there will be people of different color there.

  38. With all due respect to African Americans and Native Americans, “Redskin” is not a term that I hear Natives calling themselves. But I do hear many African Americans refer to themselves as the “N” word. Based on that, which one should be more socially acceptable? In other words, we all have room for improvement.

  39. Well it dosent offend me personally because I tend to rise above name calling and racism . But I ask because I’m sure he wasn’t referring to a group of white people . And the guy he will most likely be catching passes from is what I feel he considers to be a n****. I just feel like it creates an awkward situation for any African American fan, player, or member of this organization . As a fan I love this team and everybody on it but will admit it will be hard to cheer a player who views my race as inferior that’s all. It’s the principle

  40. godofwine330 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:24 AM

    The name was created by the racist former owner George Preston Marshall and for the reason to insult his coach.

    Pride in the team. Yes. Pride in the name? Get real.
    __________________
    Just untrue. William Dietz was one of the most beloved sports figures in America at the time, kind of a second fiddle to his former teammate Jim Thorpe. When Dietz was hired, he was given the largest head coaching contract in NFL history at that point. On top of that, the name was changed from the “Braves” to create a brand linkage to the Red Sox when the Braves/Redskins moved to Fenway Park. However, it really doesn’t make a difference.

    Either way, this is one circumstance where the facts really don’t matter. It makes no difference if “Redskins” was coined as a honorary term among Algonquian speaking peoples, or a pejorative term coined by whites. It makes no difference if “Redskins” was a commercial decision designed to honor Dietz or a horrific insult to shame him and his ancestry. If Natives today are not offended by the term, then nobody has any right to tell them otherwise; and if they are offended the name should be dropped immediately.

    The decision to remove the name shouldn’t be up to Goodell or the media, or Snyder. Only the Native community has a right to decide whether the team needs to change its name.

  41. “belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:42 AM
    Getting rid of the redskin name is absurd.

    Indians called themselves “Red Skins” and others “White skins”.

    African Americans did NOT call themselves what Cooper said.

    Washington picking the Redskin name was a sign of respect. The word Cooper used was the EXACT OPPOSITE meaning for African Amercians.

    Eagles should have cut Cooper. The circus is going to be crazy in Philly this season.”

    ******************************************

    I’m sorry. Did you actually just say that African Americans do NOT call themselves what Cooper said?

    Seriously?

    This post was a joke, right?

  42. I’d be curious to know just how many non-Eagles fans knew who Riley Cooper was prior to this story breaking.

  43. I agree with Goodell. I believe everyone should be punished for dumb things they said in the heat of the moment 5-25 years down the line like Paula Deen.

    Let’s railroad Riley Cooper and Paula Deen (and a whole bunch of others) for something a vocal 2% of the American public actually cares about/is offended by…

  44. aldavis4president says: Aug 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    Unacceptable, and in no way am I surprised the league won’t discipline him either. Welcome to America people.
    _____________
    I’m a little confused. I’m black, and I’m offended by Cooper use of “N“; but it’s now “American” to punish someone for use of racial slurs?

    What Americans need is to recognize the distinction between legal consequences and social consequences. Cooper should have the right to say N all he wants, but I should have the right to punch him in the face. And if I’m the bartender, I should have the right to refuse to serve him.

    We certainly don’t live in a postracial country, but we also don’t live in a post-First-Amendment coountry. So by no means should the League, or the government, have the right to punish Cooper; however, I do sincerely hope that Brian Orakpo, Antrel Rolle, and JJ Wilcox lay down some serious punishment on Cooper this Fall.

  45. I just wish this story didn’t waste time on the Redskins stuff. True it was brought up on the show but, as a reader I want to know what exactly is the league’s track record on fines and suspensions with regard to off field conduct issues and racist language. Do they have a policy? If not will they draft one? Perhaps PFT will follow up and address at least the track record issue. Consistency and fairness are what I am hoping for.

  46. Those saying he shouldn’t be punished need to realize that the NFL is a business. I dare any of you to get caught using a racial or prejudice term via some form of media outlet and think you’re not gonna be reprimanded by the company or business you represent. Who wants to support a company that stand by offensive employees? It will be interesting to see how the raucous Eagle fans react to Cooper when he catches a pass. Awkward…

  47. Figures, not surprised…they all “know” Riley, he just uses the term in the off season…Goodell is more interested in suspensions for PEDs, Illegal Hits, and Bounties and not racial slurs which is expected. I am done with this…is anyone else?

  48. therealtrenches says: Aug 1, 2013 11:24 AM

    Substitute the n-bomb for Redskin in the following sentences and see how ridiculous this sounds:

    “I don’t see a comparison,” Goodell said. “That’s a name that has always represented pride, heritage, tradition; the things that, I think, have made Redskins fans so proud of that name. And they have always presented the Redskins in a positive light. We have to continue to be open and continue to listen, but we also want to make sure we’re doing what’s right to encourage that heritage and that pride we have in the Redskins name.”
    ________________
    It sounds ridiculous because, in that context, it’s not true. Try it with “firefighters”– If the statement is true, it’s not ridiculous.

    And with “Redskins”, it may or may not be true, but only Natives have the right to determine that, not you, not me, not Goodell, and not Snyder. Only the Native community has the right to say whether the name should stay or go.

  49. I think Riley Cooper is upset Desean Jackson didn’t invite him to make a rap video with him. He wanted to prove to Desean he knew the lyrics.

  50. deathonwings410 says:Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

    Why do white people always try to tell other races how they should be about something, in this case the “n-word.” Seriously??? The fact that Riley Cooper said it isn’t enough? This country is still divided as ever.
    —————————————————–

    Should I be offended by your “white people ” comment?

  51. thirdistheworrd says:
    Aug 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    And with “Redskins”, it may or may not be true, but only Natives have the right to determine that, not you, not me, not Goodell, and not Snyder. Only the Native community has the right to say whether the name should stay or go.

    —————————————

    I’m sorry, but when did not being offended become some sort of “right”? If the Redskins want to call themselves that, why should anyone get a say? If it’s truly offensive and reprehensible people will boycott and force the change.

    If someone wants to open “N—— Bar and Grill” in your hometown, why should you be able to tell them no? The sooner we let hate and intolerance actually see the light of day the sooner we can have some real dialog about these types of things.

    I’m not arguing that the n-word (and six billion other nasty words) should be commonplace, but you and I know both know it is used darn-near EVERYWHERE… including on the football field, at work, in schools, in shopping malls, etc etc.

    Listen to a rap video and then listen to that same rapper talking about how he finds the n-word offensive. Pardon me if I find that a bit disingenious.

    People need to settle down, we’re all in this together.

  52. Many of you take great offense to what Mr. Cooper said only to turn right around and tune your radios and mp3 players to folks like Jay-Z and Kanya West that use the same terms in almost all of their songs. Wheres your outrage then? Why aren’t you sceaming from the tree tops when they do it? And dont give me cause blacks are allowed to cause that is an ignorant statement in in of itself. If you dont like the term then bitch about it when your race continues to use it as a term of endearment. If you dont like the term stop listening to these rap artists that think using it isn’t offensive. The double standard that people keep living by seperates our races more then anything someone says about the other. Fact is your always going to have racism. It goes both ways, but dont lower yourself to the ignorance of others and allow one to get away with it and not the other.

  53. leroyquimby says:
    Aug 1, 2013 11:55 AM
    You know, if people didn’t use this word in popular rap music, or as a way to refer to themselves or their peer groups so often, we wouldn’t have this issue. The problem isn’t how negative it is, because this a derogetory term that shouldn’t be used. The problem is how people use it and it’s supposed to be okay. Can’t have it both ways and then not have an issue. Amazing the double standards we have in this country.
    =================
    Was Cooper using it in positive or negative way? When its voiced in rap is it generally positive or negative? Context is important
    ______________________________
    If something is considered as horrible of an epithet as the n word such that we can’t even s it for fear o fbeing fined or fired, how in the world can there be ANY positive context for it? That makes NO sense.

    Also I agree with the person who said racism is about the actions you take (refusing to accept your child dating someone of another race, etc), not just words, regardless of how unseemly the word is. And on top of it Cooper didn’t even say that word to anyone’s face, he was just ranting to the camera. I wish words would just lose the power endowed to them by PC police. It sure would be awful if we could all just treat each other as equals and human beings instead of dividing based on a few letters of the alphabet being said.

  54. ebr362 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 12:50 PM
    deathonwings410 says:Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

    Why do white people always try to tell other races how they should be about something, in this case the “n-word.” Seriously??? The fact that Riley Cooper said it isn’t enough? This country is still divided as ever.
    —————————————————–

    Should I be offended by your “white people ” comment?

    ==========================

    Only if you’re a “w-word”. Oops. Wait! that’s something different!

  55. @ thirdistheworrd, my bad. I read it somewhere, but unfortunately the place was…The Internet, but I thought it was reputable.

    Either way, there are a lot of Native Americans/Indians who have issue with that term. Hell, there are many who have issue with the term Indian. IDK. I am of Indian ancestry (my great grandma was 100% Indian), but I have no issue with the name. I find it inappropriate, still. The N word is much, much worse. I respect your comment and for you straightening me out. Thank you. Only knowledge from the correct sourse will set you straight.

  56. You fear, or hate, what you do not understand. Until we truly desire to get to know one another instead of judge from afar, our nation is digging its own grave.

  57. Go to a tailgate party at a Redskins game and you will hear the N word. Does that make all Redskins fans racially insensitive? And when is Goodell’s head going to explode with all the crap that is building inside it?

  58. jwcarlson says: Aug 1, 2013 1:08 PM

    Me:

    And with “Redskins”, it may or may not be true, but only Natives have the right to determine that, not you, not me, not Goodell, and not Snyder. Only the Native community has the right to say whether the name should stay or go.

    —————————————
    I’m sorry, but when did not being offended become some sort of “right”? If the Redskins want to call themselves that, why should anyone get a say? If it’s truly offensive and reprehensible people will boycott and force the change.

    If someone wants to open “N—— Bar and Grill” in your hometown, why should you be able to tell them no? The sooner we let hate and intolerance actually see the light of day the sooner we can have some real dialog about these types of things.

    People need to settle down, we’re all in this together.
    ____________________
    Well said. I guess I wasn’t being clear enough, but that is exactly the point I was trying to make. We, as Americans, need is to recognize the distinction between legal consequences and social consequences. The Redskins issue, much like the Cooper issue isn’t something that should be resolved by congress, the United States government, or even the National Football League.

    My point was that if Native American groups really wanted to make a big deal out of the nickname, they would. The fact that the media seems to feel like Native Americans are somehow incapable of speaking out; having their voices heard; or advocating for themselves: and that sportswriters are the only ones who can do it; is not only arrogant, but far more belittling than anything one could construe from Washington’s team name or logo.

    As jwcarlson said, “People need to settle down, we’re all in this together.” That may be the truest thing anyone has ever said– I kind of wish the discussion could just end there, because it really sums up the discussion perfectly. Black, white, Native, conservative, liberal, country fan, rap fan, we’re all Americans, and at this point we’re just yelling at each other about semantics.

  59. @thirdisthewordd

    Too much to requote everything, and since PFT refused to implement a robust non-early-90’s commenting system we will have to settle for this…

    Who is profitting from keeping these very types of arguments alive and well? What would we talk about if people didn’t give 4-8 character combinations of letters so much power?

    You’re spot on about the Native Americans. Their relative silence on this really speaks volumes I think. Instead we default to a bunch of people in the race business in Washington D.C. to tell us how to fell about the word redskin (the team, not the potato… apparently that isn’t a problem).

    What kind of person allows a single word to have so much power over them? Break free already… quit acting like babies when someone says some word that “hurts your feelings”. Six people were murdered in Chicago while I typed this… go figure that problem out before you worry about what some wide receiver said at a country music concert.

    Also… it’s freaking time to fix/change this comment tool, PFT. This is pathetic.

  60. Im a black guy.

    This was blown out of proportion. If i was Mike Vick i would say:

    “I forgive him. Look, we all say some things we regret at some point in life. Coop had one of those moments, unfortunately it was on camera and broadcast to the nation. Honeslty, Coop comes to work everyday, works hard, and shows me respect. Thats all i care about. What he does on his own time or what he says on his own time isnt my business. Again we ALL have put our foot in our mouth at somepoint and i refuse to crucify him because he was filmed and broadcast. ..HEY RILEY! ITS ALL GOOD BRO. SHAKE IT OFF, WE GOT PRACTICE TOMORROW” ..

    and then i would shake his hand or give him dap.

    and THAT my friends is how you end the CYCLE #beabiggerperson

  61. Why should they?! He has not broken any laws – he has only hurt some folks’ feelings – it is Training Camp time – is the news really That slow?

  62. thegrey7 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:45 AM
    “We do not penalize at the club level and league level for same incident.”

    Next time a player gets a DUI, his team should immediately fine him $5. Then the league won’t be able to give him the typical four game suspension.
    ===============================

    Actually, the league retains the rights and the team can fine the player only if the league passes on the opportunity to do so. It’s not the other way around.

  63. There’s a lotof hair splitting going on with forgiving guys like Ray Lewis and Vick, who were involved in or present in some way regarding murder, vs a guy who used a word.

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