NFL’s PED policy encourages players to snitch

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While reviewing the PED policy earlier today in connection with the Julian Edelman suspension, I noticed a provision I’ve either never seen before or at some point knew about and forgot.

The PED policy rewards snitching.

“The NFL Management Council may, prior to the conclusion of a Player’s appeal, reduce the length of the suspension and corresponding bonus forfeiture by up to 50% when the Player has provided full and complete assistance (including hearing testimony if required) to the Management Council which results in the finding of an additional violation of the Policy by another Player, coach, trainer or other person subject to this Policy,” the policy states.

So, basically, a player who faces a four-game suspension can potentially cut his suspension in half if he rats on a teammate, a coach, a trainer, etc. It’s unlikely that any player has ever done that, and it’s hard to imagine that any player ever would.

But there it is, in black and white: A clear inducement to give up others in order to get less of a penalty.

32 responses to “NFL’s PED policy encourages players to snitch

  1. Lots of low Character guys in the league now so Backstabbing and snitching shouldn’t be a big deal

  2. Sounds like a blanket provision aimed at encouraging cooperation in large Balco-style investigations to me.

    Interesting side note, but nothing to see here.

  3. Well, this is a common practice within law enforcement. They are always looking for a bigger fish, and I think the NFL has hired a few people who have this mindset.

  4. What if a player snitches on another player, second player gets suspended but then wins his appeal? Does player one get his full suspension reinstated? I could see a Belichick-type coach encouraging roster-bubble players to take the fall for more important teammates with a wink-nod agreement that they won’t be cut as a result so then the better player will be made available quicker.

  5. @firerogergoodellnow

    To answer your question….nothing would be done. As long as Goodell keeps hanging with Kraft nothing would be done. Check internet for photos at Krafts mansion.

  6. Only a league searching for self destruction would want this.

    How about a new policy – keep it to FB. Get rid of heir Roger.

  7. Yeah, GREAT WAY TO BUILD A TEAM!!!
    That would put an END to any form of continuity in a locker room…..& probably be the straw that breaks the NFL’s back

  8. flviking says:
    July 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    Okay, I’ll be the first rat. Test Brady.

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    Um, yeah, he’s tested every year just like everyone else. Nice try, though.

  9. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:

    July 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Opiate painkillers? A-okay. Hormones that facilitate enhanced muscle and connective tissue recovery to help players avoid injuries? Can’t have that!
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    We don’t need 300lb D-Lineman who are cut with no body fat like Minnesota’s Griffen. Look at all of the tendon/ligament injuries! Wonder what’s causing that?

  10. Joe Bocc says:
    July 4, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    What if a player snitches on another player, second player gets suspended but then wins his appeal? Does player one get his full suspension reinstated? I could see a Belichick-type coach encouraging roster-bubble players to take the fall for more important teammates with a wink-nod agreement that they won’t be cut as a result so then the better player will be made available quicker.
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    It isn’t dependent on the outcome of the other case, just on cooperation, so nothing should happen regarding the reduced suspension. If I’m the player’s association I get that provision in writing, regardless of whether a player uses it. If they’re serious about getting PEDs out of the game the provision makes sense.

  11. Snitches would likely get targeted on the field. So I don’t see any player in their right mind doing this.

  12. Did they say PED policy?????? DID they actually say PED policy?? That’s absolutely hilarious. Oh sure, they have a PED policy…it’s called wink, wink, nod, nod. You know why MLB players are always getting caught? Because MLB has a REAL PED policy….with real enforcement. If you even begin to think that the majority of NFL players aren’t on PED’s, I have a couple bridges to sell you.

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