Goldson decision coming Wednesday


It’s been quiet regarding the status of Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s appeal of his one game suspension.  On Wednesday, it won’t stay that way.

Per a league source, a decision on Goldson’s appeal will be issued on Wednesday.  If the suspension is overturned, Goldson will be able to immediately rejoin his team, as it prepares to face the Patriots on Sunday.

The hearing has been handled either by Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell.  Both are appointed and paid jointly by the NFL and the NFLPA to resolve appeals regarding punishment for on-field discipline.

Goldson applied an illegal hit on Sunday to Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Last year, the NFL suspended former Ravens safety Ed Reed for one game after his latest illegal hit on a defenseless player.  On appeal, the suspension was reversed by Cottrell, who imposed a $50,000 fine.

Despite the clear lines of authority in cases like this, it’s inevitable that many will assume the NFL simply changed it’s own mind — especially since most appeals for player discipline are handled exclusively by the league.  When it comes to on-field discipline, however, the league doesn’t have final say.

It all comes down to Birk or Cottrell, and we’ll all learn the decision on Wednesday.

18 responses to “Goldson decision coming Wednesday

  1. Goldson’s appeal strikes me as frivolous. Indeed, wasn’t Goldson just fined $30,000 for a hit to the head/neck on a defenseless Jets TE Jeff Cumberland in Week 1? And now, ONLY one week later (as in Week 2!), he levels yet ANOTHER hit to the head/neck on a defenseless Saints RB Darren Sproles? Just how effective of a deterrent was that “thirty large” for a player who recently signed a $41-million contract? The league is on sound ground here. If the appeals hearing officer makes a finding that Goldson is a repeat offender, then the one-game suspension should be upheld.

  2. And what happens the next time he does it? I don’t understand this league. You are coddling guys who are going to turn around and sue you for it 10 years down the road.

  3. John Lynch would have been suspended every other game if he was playing today. NFL billionaires afraid of being sued and now players that used be be glorified are now villains and lose money and playing time. Sad days. Now go watch a John Lynch highlight video.

  4. stainlineho says:Sep 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    Dude is straight reckless and needs a week to cool off.
    Chill nerd, i’m sure your fantasy team will be alright. It’s football and it’s supposed to be “straight reckless” regardless of how sanitized Goodell tries to make it to expand it’s fantasy gambling appeal.

  5. I could see this getting reversed. Look at that hit on Kerley in week one and you’ll see he gets his head to the side and puts a shoulder pad in his chest. Unfortunately, the head has this nasty tendency to be connected to the shoulders and it is bound to hit something. He is making an effort to adjust his strike zone while still bringing that animosity. Last time I checked, football is supposed to be a violent sport. It’s not golf.

  6. That team is falling apart, and this doesn’t help things, either – what a bad signing on the behalf of V-Jax, Goldson and Revis…team about to mutiny – they needed that win, because New England is up next….

  7. jtbaudendistel says:
    Sep 18, 2013 1:51 AM
    John Lynch would have been suspended every other game if he was playing today. ________________________________

    John Lynch had nothing on Chuck Cecil of Arizona!


  8. This game is played too fast for the Refs to make snap judgement calls. There should be a mandatory replay review on certain illegal hits. It seems the officials may be erring on the side if caution too many times. I know it will slow down the game but some of these calls have cost teams wins already and not just the Bucs.

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