NFL suspends Mychal Kendricks eight games

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The indefinite has become definite for Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has suspended Kendricks eight games under the Personal Conduct Policy for his guilty plea to federal insider trading charges. Kendricks will receive credit for the three games he has missed, and he’ll be eligible to play on Monday, December 10, when the Seahawks host the Vikings. (Kendricks’ brother, Eric, plays for Minnesota.)

Kendricks also may return to the Seahawks as of Week 12 and participate in meetings and practices.

Kendricks has appeal rights, but no decision has been made as to whether they will be exercised. At a time when the league seemed to be determined to keep him off the field for the rest of the year, the ability to return for the final four games of the regular season and potential postseason games constitutes an unexpected win.

Still, an eight-game suspension for a white-collar crime seems a little stiff, given that the baseline suspension for domestic violence is six games — and in light of the reality that the league has on multiple occasions reduced the punishment based on mitigating factors.

If there’s no appeal, Kendricks will be back for the final push to the playoffs, and he could be a difference maker for a team that, as Russel Wilson recently told PFT, feels a lot like it did in 2012, when no one expected anything off a team that was a year away from a Super Bowl win.

Given that Kendricks is facing a prison term that could be in the range of three years, this could be the last season of his football career. That will likely prompt him to make the most out of it.

42 responses to “NFL suspends Mychal Kendricks eight games

  1. So you mean a bunch of ultra-rich dudes came down way too hard on a guy that tried to mess with big money? This is my shocked face.

  2. I think he should appeal and it should be reduced to 4 games. My guess, though, is it will be reduced to 6 if he appeals. He met with the league already, though, so this suspension may have already been negotiated and he may not appeal at all.

  3. Beat your spouse you get 6 games. Mess with rich peoples money you get 8. Yeap sounds about right for the NFL. Anywhere else it makes little to no sense though.

  4. Insider trading-suspended indefinitely, reduced to eight games
    Smoke marijuana-Suspended a year
    Sexual assault- ~6 games
    Obstruction of justice in a murder case-$250,000 fine, no suspension

  5. The NFL: from how to interpret the rules to instant replay to handing out suspensions, I just can’t figure it out.

  6. Insider trading – what, like trading in stock (game worn helmets) that you’ve inside information of (ie the helmets aren’t really “game worn”) giving you an unfair advantage? It’s a good job Mychal didn’t also drag the NFL’s name through the mire by trading on their memorabilia or he’d end up getting treated like Eli.

  7. The 8 games is punishment for the temerity of engaging in white-collar get-rich-quick schemes without the DECENCY to share it with the owners too. This shall not stand! 😉

  8. Thanks again Cleveland. Kendricks will be a huge boost for the last 4 games of the season. Seahawks just got back 2 starters prior to the Lions game in Wright and Dickson, now in 5 games it will be like adding another key piece for the December run towards playoffs!

  9. Good

    It’s time to start taking white collar crime seriously

    The guys who do this ruin the financial lives of innocent people and then just get a slap on the wrist in most cases

  10. He wasn’t messing with “rich peoples” money. To be sure, insider trading crimes impact the little investors far far far more than it hurts big money. Insider trading is basically the same thing as stealing money from your 401k accounts, people.

  11. I wonder how many of the owners have done insider trading. Did any of them use insider trading to obtain some or all of the fortune required to purchase an NFL team? Just thinking out loud.

  12. No suspension for the qb that ripped off fans with his fake merchandise but 8 games for the guy that ripped off a few millionaires for a couple of bucks?

    Kendricks should have changed his name to Manning and would have gottennothing but an apology for the inconvenience.

  13. pioniere says:

    Convicted of insider trading? Now he’s fully qualified to run for political office!
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    It’s no wonder how most members of congress are multi-millionaires on a government salary. They always claim “investments”. That’s about right.

  14. Hey the catch word in the NFL this week is. it was a misunderstand and take full reasonability and all goes away. Why is it we look at the NFL players as if it is OK to break laws as if a joke.

  15. I don’t get the suspension. He has clearly not committed any sort potential negative NFL branding things when it comes to insider trading. Humans do insider trading all the time within other companies and get caught, never hurts those company brands – only hurts said individual.

    Is the NFL a special princess or something now? Sort of comes off that way, since the player will get his endgame anyways outside of NFL interference. Really harsh on the NFL’s part on this one, really harsh, probably even hypocritical and low class garbage on top of that. NFL is literally not getting affected by this and makes no sense.

  16. Just think. The NFL suspended Vick for murdering dogs a total of, wait for it, 0 games! The “indefinite” suspension was only for the time he was in prison. He didn’t actually miss any games that the NFL prevented him from playing in rather than the law.

    So what that means is not only could he have beaten Ray Rice’s wife twice and deflated some footballs, he could have murdered a bunch of dogs for fun for who knows how long.

    And to those saying white collar crime is serious, his prison time is the serious punishment. All this is is showing where the NFL’s priorities lie when it comes to protecting the shield.

    To bad he wasn’t a Manning. Could have gotten some staffers fired instead of himself suspended.

  17. The postseason for Seattle is a long shot. They need to have a better win-loss record than other wild card contenders, among them Carolina, Green Bay, Minnesota, and even Detroit. They can still win their division but unless the LAmbs collapses, Seattle will need to stay unbeaten the rest of the way to have a chance to win the division.

  18. I know there will be a lot of anti-Goodell talk on this post, but let’s face it – the disparity in Federal and State sentencing is there too. I don’t look to football to resolve that.

  19. Convicted of insider trading? Now he’s fully qualified to run for political office!
    ====================================================

    It’s no wonder how most members of congress are multi-millionaires on a government salary. They always claim “investments”. That’s about right.

    ————————————————

    On a possibly related note, Roger Goodell is the son of a senator.

  20. Can’t see much future for him, but hopefully he takes this opportunity to show the court something positive for his sentencing this winter. Glad he finally knows. Hope he wins an appeal and plays sooner.

  21. chawk12thman says:
    October 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    Can’t see much future for him, but hopefully he takes this opportunity to show the court something positive for his sentencing this winter. Glad he finally knows. Hope he wins an appeal and plays sooner.
    …………………………………………
    Well you better get some glasses or open your eyes because his future isn’t as dark as you make it seem. The guy is young enough that I wouldn’t doubt Seattle extending him.

  22. omeimontis says:
    The postseason for Seattle is a long shot. They need to have a better win-loss record than other wild card contenders, among them Carolina, Green Bay, Minnesota, and even Detroit. They can still win their division but unless the LAmbs collapses, Seattle will need to stay unbeaten the rest of the way to have a chance to win the division.
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    Except for one thing – They’re better than all those other teams.

  23. Hmm, So the Seahawks will have Kendricks, Wagner and KJ Wright at linebacker to go along with Pro Bowlers Jarran Reed and Frank Clark and a killer secondary that’s LOB 2.0.

    My prediction? P A I N

  24. “Still, an eight-game suspension for a white-collar crime seems a little stiff, given that the baseline suspension for domestic violence is six games”

    Don’t understand this logic Florio. Kendrick used his influence as an NFL player to defraud the market of $1.2 million. He was paying his co-defendent with Eagles tickets.

    Kendrick’s actions were premeditated and took place over months. Show me any NFL player that committed a premediated act domestic of violence and is still in the NFL. Zeke Elliott was suspended 6 games and wasn’t even charged. The league is taking domestic violence very seriously.

  25. I don’t think he should have been suspended at all. If he goes to jail, obviously he’ll miss time. That’s punishment enough, for something off the field that doesn’t harm the league in any way.

    How can this be worth a stronger punishment than half the other stuff that goes on, domestic violence, guns, drugs?

  26. Where’s Phil Mickelson’s suspension?? IMO, this is BS! This suspension is worse then a player who assaulted his wife or girlfriend!! Yes, there were charges, but no conviction!! I question if it is even a case!! Hopefully, the 8 games will be overturned!!

  27. Well, the suspension is more related to his prison sentence than it is to his actual offense, I would wager. Unlike the DV cases, where the perpetrator or suspected perpetrator did not serve prison time or was at least not found guilty in a criminal court, Kendricks has an actual criminal offense that he has been legally convicted of. That’s why he got the suspension he did.

    If you just consider the offense, it doesn’t add up compared to others. But when you consider that he’s actually been convicted as opposed to the other cases, it should make some sense.

  28. I agree with Wilson. This team is reminiscent of 2012. Loaded with potential but lacking depth at DE. Honestly, they could beat every team left on there schedule including the Rams. 6 out their last 9 at home…this is getting fun.

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