Double standard for Burress, Jolly?

NFL_burress1.jpgSome of you have asked why free-agent receiver Plaxico Burress is facing a suspension prior to the completion of his pending criminal case while Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly continues to be available to play despite felony drug charges on which he was due to stand trial on Friday.

The charges were dismissed, but they’ll be filed again.  Which means that Jolly apparently will be permitted to continue to play until he is convicted or pleads guilty.

So why does the league office seem to be poised to suspend Burress but at the same time is contemplating no action against Jolly?

The distinction possibly arises from the inherent differences between the two policies that apply in this case.  Burress would be suspended under the Personal Conduct Policy, which takes into account the possibility of a pre-adjudication suspension.  The portion of the substance abuse policy regarding punishment for criminal drug offenses arguably applies only after the case is resolved.

The practical reality, in our opinion, is that the evidence of guilt in the Burress case is much stronger than in Jolly’s situation.  If Jolly had been carrying a bottle of “purple drank” in the waistband of his sweatpants, for example, the case against him would be stronger; as it stands, he was merely driving a car in which the concoction of soda and codeine-laced cough syrup was found — and in which three other persons were riding.

So, basically, the league treats each case based on its own facts and circumstances, and the league reserves the right to take action prior to the conclusion of a given criminal case whenever the league deems such action appropriate.

Though this approach might entail at times a spraining of the letter of the law, the fact that the union has given the Commissioner the power to serve as judge, jury, executioner, appeals court, and last-minute-pardon-giving governor means that the league can pretty much do whatever it wants.
 

13 responses to “Double standard for Burress, Jolly?

  1. By “league” you mean Darth Goodell, the Prime Royal Honorable Supreme Absolute Exalted Chief Commanding Executive Chancellor Lord President Commissioner of the NFL, right?
    By the way, your “lawyerese” may help you impress the stockboys at the local Skechers outlet, but it does nothing for me.

  2. Burress and Jolly are both giant tools. If the Commish booted them both out of the League the NFL would be better for it. I’m tired of these guys and their thug like behavior. If you want to play Professional and the key word here is “Professional “Football then act like a Professional and not some damn gang member.

  3. The practical reality, in our opinion, is that the evidence of guilt in the Burress case is much stronger than in Jolly’s situation. If Jolly had been carrying a bottle of “purple drank” in the waistband of his sweatpants, for example, the case against him would be stronger; as it stands, he was merely driving a car in which the concoction of soda and codeine-laced cough syrup was found — and in which three other persons were riding.

    That’s exactly the point I was trying to make to the Vikings fans who were crying like jilted school girls about Bryant McKinnie getting a 4 game suspension before his case was ever heard vs. Jolly being allowed to play while his case was pending.
    I’m not so naive as to think Jolly had no idea the drugs were in the car, but the truth of the matter is he could simply be guilty of being in the driver seat of a car that had drugs in it. We won’t know until his case is heard.

  4. I read the article and then went to the comments section to offer my two cents, but after reading Fan_Of_Fours comment, i realized it was BRILLIANT….Enough of these jackasses….

  5. According to reports in the paper, Mr. Jolly was in the car with 3 other people and so it is now up to the DA to tie the cups of fluid in question to his possession.
    Good luck with that. Its hardly an open and shut case like when the police showed up and the bouncer was bleeding from the head and McKinnie was holding a lead pipe, nothing like that all.

  6. JimmySmith, how are you going to get your self-respect after defending a turd like Johnny Jolly? Maybe you can get a job eating the urinal cakes at the Green Bay bus terminal.
    They have a bus station in Green Bay, right?

  7. pretty clear that burress is guilty, MIKE. he shot himself in the damned leg. where is the question about his guilt there????
    now i am not saying if he is or isn’t guilty, but at least in jollys case there is still some room for reasonable doubt.
    your push for stories has been annoying the past few days. please, don’t turn into just another sellout douchebag who only is concerned with the QUANTITY of content, and sacrifices the QUALITY.
    have some journalistic integrity micheal.
    p.s.
    if there is no news, don’t make up your own.( i.e. ” THE SKY IS PINK(article reads) is the sky pink? no, it’s still blue. but paul allen told me it was pink earlier”
    how about coming up with some crazy contest, or gimmick to pass the time….? you wrote a book didn’t you? make that one of the prizes. SOMETHING!

  8. # VoxVeritas says: July 16, 2009 6:03 PM
    JimmySmith, how are you going to get your self-respect after defending a turd like Johnny Jolly? Maybe you can get a job eating the urinal cakes at the Green Bay bus terminal.
    They have a bus station in Green Bay, right?
    ————————————————–
    Yes, but after spending a lifetime going to the ladies room, Jimmy has never seen a urinal…

  9. voxy voxy voxy…..
    jolly is a turd? he has yet to be proven guilty of ANYTHING. i expect more from you.
    if jolly is convicted i will join you in calling him a turd, but untill then, find another way of insulting jimmy instead of jumping to a conclusion about a guy whose charges have been dropped…….

  10. Ah Vox, its called due process. You know, innocent until proven guilty. Jolly was hanging with his home boys, Texas style (guns and grass in the car). We both know the biggest crime he committed was driving while black.

  11. “Texas style (guns and grass in the car)”
    LMAO
    although i think that label could describe some places outside of texas, too.

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